The CDs in our 2017 Advent Calendar

This year’s Advent Calendar contains 24 highly recommended albums that provide perfect listening during the build up to Christmas. We would like to share with you the CDs as we open up each door. We have provided Spotify links, where possible. Just tap (or click on) the thumbnails.

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Door 1: O Holy Night – A Merton Christmas

Choir of Merton College, Oxford & Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Benjamin Nicholas

Door 2: Bach, J S: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248

Mary Bevan (soprano), Clare Wilkinson (alto), Nicholas Mulroy (tenor), Matthew Brook (bass) – Cantatas 1, 3, 6); Joanne Lunn (soprano), Ciara Hendrick (mezzo), Thomas Hobbs (tenor), Konstantin Wolff (bass), Dunedin Consort, John Butt

Door 3: Carols from Clare

Clare College Singers and Orchestra, John Rutter (conductor)

Door 4: Britten: A Ceremony of Carols

James O’Donnell (organ), Sioned Williams (harp), Choir of Westminster Cathedral, David Hill

Door 5: Christmas with Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir

Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir, Julian Reynolds, David Newsholme (organ)

Door 6: Hely-Hutchinson: A Carol Symphony

Prague City Philharmonic Orchestra, Gavin Sutherland (conductor)

Door 7: A Wells Christmas

Jonathan Vaughn (organ), Wells Cathedral Choir, Matthew Owens (conductor)

Door 8: Christmas Truce Kerstbestand

Boyes & Simpson Coope

Door 9: Rejoice! Christmas at The Sage Gateshead

Scarlett Courtney (soprano), Quay Voices, Northern Sinfonia, Northern Sinfonia Chorus, Simon Halsey (conductor)

Door 10: Britten: St. Nicholas Cantata Op. 42

Allan Clayton (tenor), Trinity College Choir Cambridge, City of London Sinfonia, Holst Singers & Temple Church Choristers, Stephen Layton

Door 11: A Traditional Christmas Carol Collection

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

Door 12: Messiaen: La Nativité du Seigneur

Colin Walsh (organ)

Door 13: In Dulci Jubilo

Theatre of Voices, Paul Hillier


Door 14: Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker

Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (conductor)

Door 15: John Turner: Christmas Card Carols

Richard Simpson (oboe), Anna Christensen (harp), Intimate Voices, Christopher Stokes

Door 16: Schütz: Weinachtshistorie (The Christmas Story)

Maria Cristina Kiehr, Susanne Rydén, Andreas Scholl, Gerd Türk, Werner Güra & Franz-Josef Selig, Concerto Vocale, René Jacobs (conductor)

Door 17: Christmas with St John’s

The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha

Door 18: A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols – 1999

Choir of King’s College Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury (Director)

Door 19: Rutter – Christmas Music

Polyphony, City of London Sinfonia, Stephen Layton

Door 20: Carols from Queen’s

Choir of The Queen’s College, Oxford, Owen Rees

Door 21: Christmas Carols from York Minster

Choir of York Minster, Francis Jackson

Door 22: Frederick Fennell conducts the Music of Leroy Anderson

Eastman Orchestra, Frederick Fennell

Door 23: Carols With St Paul’s Cathedral Choir

St Paul’s Cathedral Choir, Andrew Carwood

Door 24: Saint-Saëns: Oratorio de Noël

Vocalensemble Rastatt & Les Favorites, Holger Speck