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A Ceremony of Carols
Various composers

Claire Jones

A Ceremony of Carols

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212022825
Catnr: SIGCD 228
Release date: 01 October 2010
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Label
Signum Classics
UPC
0635212022825
Catalogue number
SIGCD 228
Release date
01 October 2010
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Artist(s)
Composer(s)
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About the album

Another highlight of Scotland's musical life comes from the National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCoS) National Girls Choir. Joined by Claire Jones, the official harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales, Christopher Bell leads performances of Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols, An English Day-Book - an exciting rarity by English composer Elizabeth Poston - and two contemporary works by Scottish composer Oliver Iredale Searle and Irish composer Stephen Deazley.

Artist(s)

Claire Jones (harp)

Born in Pembrokeshire, Wales in 1985, Claire began her musical education at the age of seven. She soon excelled in three instruments Harp, Violin, and Piano and achieved three grade 8 distinctions at the age of 14. Claire studied harp with Buddug Stephens until entering the Royal College of Music at 18 years old where she then studied with Ieuan Jones, graduating with 1st class honors in 2007. In 2009 Claire graduated as an M.A. scholar from the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Professor Skaila Kanga. Claire was one of the first recipients of the Prince of Wales Advanced Study Awards in 2007 and 2008. This award recognising her as one of Wales’ most outstanding young musicans....
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Born in Pembrokeshire, Wales in 1985, Claire began her musical education at the age of seven. She soon excelled in three instruments Harp, Violin, and Piano and achieved three grade 8 distinctions at the age of 14. Claire studied harp with Buddug Stephens until entering the Royal College of Music at 18 years old where she then studied with Ieuan Jones, graduating with 1st class honors in 2007. In 2009 Claire graduated as an M.A. scholar from the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Professor Skaila Kanga. Claire was one of the first recipients of the Prince of Wales Advanced Study Awards in 2007 and 2008. This award recognising her as one of Wales’ most outstanding young musicans. She is also supported by the Victor Salvi Foundation, the Cork Fund, the Countess of Munster Trust, and the Harriet Cohen Memorial Music Award. In 2007, Claire was appointed Official Harpist to His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales and regularly performs for the Royal Family and distinguished guests at the Royal palaces. Claire made her concerto debut with the English Chamber Orchestra in the same year. In 2008, she performed a concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Owain Arwel Hughes at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. This was a performance of a special commission written for His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales’ 60th birthday by Patrick Hawes. The event culminated in a surprise choir of 60 harps organized by Claire. She has also performed solo concertos with such illustrious ensembles as the European Union Chamber Orchestra, the Ulster Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Academy of Music Soloists. A highlight was being invited to perform as soloist with the world renowned conductor Maestro Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre Ballet. At the opening of the International Rugby games in 2008, Wales V South Africa, Prince William Cup saw Claire play to a sell out crowd of 75,000 and 4 million viewers on BBC. 2009 Highlights included a sold out recital at Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, concerto appearances with the English Chamber Orchestra, and a duo recording with Julian Lloyd Webber. 2009 also saw the launch of a brand new exciting duo with talented percussionist and arranger – Chris Marshall. Claire has performed throughout the UK at all major music festivals and concert venues. In 2010, Claire performed the private premiere of the ‘Highgrove Suite’ at HRH’s residence, Highgrove House – a work written in celebration of the work of the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts by Patrick Hawes. It is released on Classic FM label. She also features as soloist on a CD from the National Youth Choir of Scotland - which features the Britten ‘Ceremony of Carols’, and ‘An English Day-book’, by Elizabeth Poston, released by Signum Classics. Other notable artists Claire has collaborated with include Bryn Terfel, Alfie Bow, William Bennett OBE, to name only a few. Claire also performed as a soloist on a Mediterranean cruise with the English Chamber Orchestra, Joshua Bell and Steven Isselis, and has entertained many International audiences and cruise ship passengers through her solo recitals. She has appeared on many major TV and radio networks in the UK, and America including GMTV, BBC, Classic FM and Radio 3, and also featured in a BBC 2 documentary about the ‘Highgrove Suite’ presented by Alan Titchmarsh, as well as being regularly seen on S4C – the Welsh TV network. - 11 - Passionate to promote the harp to all, Claire has been a featured artist in Classic FM Magazine. She encourages youngsters to play the harp through her workshops in schools, and takes great pride in being an ambassador by encouraging and inspiring the next generation of young harpists.

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Christopher Bell (conductor)

Composer(s)

Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten is one most important British composers from the second half of the twentieth century. Remarkably, he focused on opera, a dying genre, at least in its current form. Britten's contributions however, among which Peter Grimes, The Rape of Lucretia, Gloriana, The Turn of the Screw, and Death in Venice, managed to remain core repertoire for opera companies to this day. Many of these productions included a role for his artistic partner and life companion Peter Pears. Britten also wrote a number of lieder for this tenor, among which his Serenade for tenor, horn and string orchestra. Yet, Britten excelled in many more genres. He wasn't even 20 years old when he composed his brilliant Phantasy for hobo quartet and his friendship with...
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Benjamin Britten is one most important British composers from the second half of the twentieth century. Remarkably, he focused on opera, a dying genre, at least in its current form. Britten's contributions however, among which Peter Grimes, The Rape of Lucretia, Gloriana, The Turn of the Screw, and Death in Venice, managed to remain core repertoire for opera companies to this day. Many of these productions included a role for his artistic partner and life companion Peter Pears. Britten also wrote a number of lieder for this tenor, among which his Serenade for tenor, horn and string orchestra. Yet, Britten excelled in many more genres. He wasn't even 20 years old when he composed his brilliant Phantasy for hobo quartet and his friendship with the legendary cellist Rostropovich led to a Cello sonata, three Suites for cello solo and a Symphony for Cello and orchestra in the 1960s.

Britten never became Master of the Queen's Music, yet he surely had feeling for public sentiments. For example, as a pacifist, he taught his people about world peace through his War Requiem from 1962. Britten was an excellent interpreter of his own work, just like Bartók and Stravinsky. Many of his recordings have been matched, but never exceeded.


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01.
Procession
01:38
(Benjamin Britten) Claire Jones, National Youth Choir Of Scotland National Girls Choir
02.
Wolcum Yole!
01:22
(Benjamin Britten) Claire Jones, National Youth Choir Of Scotland National Girls Choir
03.
There is no Rose
02:27
(Benjamin Britten) Claire Jones, National Youth Choir Of Scotland National Girls Choir
04.
That Yongë Child
01:46
(Benjamin Britten) Claire Jones, National Youth Choir Of Scotland National Girls Choir
05.
Balulalow
01:23
(Benjamin Britten) Claire Jones, National Youth Choir Of Scotland National Girls Choir
06.
As Dew in Aprille
00:58
(Benjamin Britten) Claire Jones, National Youth Choir Of Scotland National Girls Choir
07.
This little Babe
01:23
(Benjamin Britten) Claire Jones, National Youth Choir Of Scotland National Girls Choir
08.
Interlude
03:40
(Benjamin Britten) Claire Jones, National Youth Choir Of Scotland National Girls Choir
09.
In Freezing Winter Night
03:15
(Benjamin Britten) Claire Jones, National Youth Choir Of Scotland National Girls Choir
10.
Spring Carol
01:09
(Benjamin Britten) Claire Jones, National Youth Choir Of Scotland National Girls Choir
11.
Deo Gracias
01:06
(Benjamin Britten) Claire Jones, National Youth Choir Of Scotland National Girls Choir
12.
Recession
01:57
(Benjamin Britten) Claire Jones, National Youth Choir Of Scotland National Girls Choir
13.
The Bellman’s Song
01:11
(Elizabeth Poston) Claire Jones, National Youth Choir Of Scotland National Girls Choir
14.
Te Lucis ante terminum
01:40
(Elizabeth Poston) Claire Jones, National Youth Choir Of Scotland National Girls Choir
15.
A Night Curse
01:17
(Elizabeth Poston) Claire Jones, National Youth Choir Of Scotland National Girls Choir
16.
Lemady: : Maying Song
02:46
(Elizabeth Poston) Claire Jones, National Youth Choir Of Scotland National Girls Choir
17.
A Charm Against The Bumble Bee
02:52
(Elizabeth Poston) Claire Jones, National Youth Choir Of Scotland National Girls Choir
18.
Interlude for Harp
01:55
(Elizabeth Poston) Claire Jones, National Youth Choir Of Scotland National Girls Choir
19.
The Noonday Heat
02:18
(Elizabeth Poston) Claire Jones, National Youth Choir Of Scotland National Girls Choir
20.
Running Set:: Spring
01:35
(Elizabeth Poston) Claire Jones, National Youth Choir Of Scotland National Girls Choir
21.
Evening Song
01:24
(Elizabeth Poston) Claire Jones, National Youth Choir Of Scotland National Girls Choir
22.
Sweet Suffolk Owl
01:52
(Elizabeth Poston) Claire Jones, National Youth Choir Of Scotland National Girls Choir
23.
The Bellman’s Song
00:53
(Elizabeth Poston) Claire Jones, National Youth Choir Of Scotland National Girls Choir
24.
On a Summer Night
04:03
(Oliver Iredale Searle) Claire Jones, National Youth Choir Of Scotland National Girls Choir
25.
The Ears of Mr Tuer
03:09
(Stephen Deazley) Claire Jones, National Youth Choir Of Scotland National Girls Choir
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