The choir of the Maîtrise de la Perverie, Nantes (the Choir School of the Ecole Perverie of the Sacred Heart), under the direction of Gilles Gérard and accompanied on the harp by Jung Wha Lee, perform Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols for three-part (SSA) treble choir, soloists, and harp. Affiliated with the Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Nantes, the Choir School at the Perverie provides structured, daily choral training for children and young people throughout their primary and secondary school careers.
Written in 1942, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols weaves together eleven texts, pulled alternately from the Middle English ‘English Galaxy of Shorter Poems’ and the traditional choral antiphons for Christmas. Though originally written for women’s voices, the work has become—thanks in no small part to Britten’s propensity for writing for children—a Christmastime staple amongst choirs of girls and boys and is performed perennially in choral foundations with child trebles.
For lyrics, see http://www.choralnet.org/view/222462.
Video & Description Source: Ceremony of Carols (Britten) — La Maîtrise de la Perverie, Nantes – YouTube. Published on Nov 29, 2014 by 1finch2finch.