‘The Silver Stars at Play’ is a new collection of world premiere recordings of contemporary Christmas carols sung by Kantos Chamber Choir, directed by Elspeth Slorach. The CD features music from the late SGS Music Master, Douglas Steele, and renowned British recorder player and fellow Old Stopfordian, John Turner (OS 1961).
The CD was released on the 8th December 2017 and is available to preview and purchase here.
In celebration of the albums release the Kantos Chamber Choir will be performing many of the carols from the CD in concerts across Manchester including at Manchester Cathedral, St. Ann’s Church, Holy Name of Jesus on Oxford Road and St. Thomas’s in Stockport.
Composers include John Turner, Cheryl Camm, Simon Cummings, Sadie Harrison, Sarah Rimkus, John McCabe, Huw Morgan, Andrew Mayes, Phillip Cooke, Matthew Coleridge, Hark Hewitt, Andrew Toovey, Andrew Cusworth and Colin Hand. Many of the composers will be present at the concerts.
Musical Director: Elspeth Slorach
Pianist/Organist: Tom Pieczora
Presto Classical notes: “The all-embracing message of Christmas is present in each and every carol, but perhaps the lyrics of the Peace Carol are especially poignant when we consider that this recording was made in Manchester, in May this year, close to the time of the terror attack at Manchester arena.”
The Silver Stars at Play playlist:
1. AYRES: Hodie Christus Natus Est
2. FRANCES-HOAD: This Time Is Born A Child
3. CUSWORTH: Of A Rose Synge We
4. MORGAN: Make We Joy Now In This Fest
5. PARSHALL: That Yonge Child
6. FAWCETT: The Angel Gabriel
7. TURNER: Away In A Manger
8. FRAHM: Unto Us A Son Is Given
9. CAMM: Cantate Domino
10. COOKE: Susanni
11. MAXWELL Davies: Child Of The Manger
12. MCCABE: Peace Carol
13. MAYES: Christmas Music
14. PINNOCK: Christmas Bells
15. CUMMINGS: Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
16. STEELE: Come Ye Now At Christmas
17. STEELE: The Child Of God
18. HAND: He Left The Silver Stars At Play
19. COLERIDGE: Balulalow
20. RIMKUS: Brightest And Best
21. TOOVEY: Alleluya for Christmas
22. HARRISON: As Salamu Alaykum Bethlehem
23. HEWITT: Silent Night
To hear more music from John Turner you can also download his new album Christmas Card Carols here. The CD has received stunning reviews in Gramophone Magazine and on the Divine Art website. To listen to a preview of the album click here.