There is little to compare to the soothing sounds of Christmas choir songs. And I’m sure many of us have had a sneaky listen out of season. A baking hot July day tends to go down well with Westminster Abbey Choir’s version of ‘The Holly & The Ivy’ I find but only when the windows are closed so nosey neighbours can’t suspect that sometime odd might be taking place inside. With the modern Christmas carol widely accepted to have originated in 13th century Italy (during the time of St. Francis of Assisi) there is a rich and powerful history to be celebrated each December.
Our playlist of Christmas choirs from all around the world takes in cities such as Oslo, Dublin, Vienna, London and Salt Lake City. The Vienna Boys Choir is perhaps the most widely associated with Christmas and they have released many recordings that celebrate the season, the most recent of which was ‘Wiener Sängerknaben Goes Christmas’. Other choirs included here contain a mixture of contributions from both boys and men as demonstrated by St. Paul’s Cathedral’s wonderful version of ‘I Saw Three Ships’.
A little bit different from the others is the Oslo Gospel Choir who have taken their influence from the sound of black American gospel. In the process this Norwegian choir has become a multi-million selling outfit with dozens of albums to their name including a Christmas release in 1994 called ‘The Christmas Way’.
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