It’s that time of year again... Making Music has teamed up with Classic FM to showcase a variety of Christmas carols performed by our member groups.
We invited our membership of over 3,800 leisure-time music groups to submit audio recordings of their group singing or playing a Christmas carol online, offline or recorded in a previous year.
The Classic FM team selected five recordings to be played on Classic FM’s More Music Drive with John Brunning from 4pm to 7pm in the week beginning Monday 20 December, and we are delighted to reveal the lucky few!
Mosaic Chamber Choir - ‘Veni, veni, Emmanuel’ (broadcast Monday 20 December)
Based in Woking, this choir sings music from the Renaissance period to the present day, both secular and sacred, and this year they’ve performed ‘Veni, Veni, Emmanuel’, composed by Michael John Trotta and conducted by Sarah Kerr.
Cantemus Choir - ‘My Lord Has Come’ (broadcast Tuesday 21 December)
This choir performs a heartfelt rendition of ‘My Lord Has Come’ composed by Will Todd, under the baton of Tony Morrison. It was recorded at St Mary's Juxta Bann church hall, in the county of Londonderry, near the beautiful north coast of Northern Ireland and the famous Giant's Causeway.
Brighton Festival Youth Choir - ‘The Bells’ (broadcast Wednesday 22 December)
A subsection of the Brighton Festival Choir, this youth choir have come together to perform a sparkling rendition of ‘The Bells’, conducted and written by Juliette Pochin and accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Vasari Singers - ‘Carol Medley’ (broadcast Thursday 23 December)
Founded in 1980 and based in London, this chamber choir performs a wide range of repertoire, from Renaissance to contemporary. This year they have performed a ‘Carol Medley’ by Jonathan Rathbone from 1993, under the wise baton of conductor Jeremy Backhouse.
Newcastle upon Tyne Bach Choir - ‘O Radiant Dawn’ (also broadcast Thursday 23 December)
In collaboration with the German choir Musikverein Gelsenkirchen over Zoom, Newcastle upon Tyne Bach Choir worked performed ‘O Radiant Dawn’, written by James MacMillan, under the baton of Eric Cross.
Classic FM is available across the UK on 100-102 FM, DAB digital radio and TV, on Global Player on your smart speaker (“play Classic FM”), iOS or Android device and at ClassicFM.com.