Nothing adds to the feeling of Christmas more than traditional choral carols.
Oslo Gospel Choir – Ding Dong Merrily On High
Morton Gould and his Orchestra – Good King Wenceslas
Norman Luboff Choir – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen/The First Noël
Westminster Cathedral Choir – Once In Royal David’s City
King’s College Choir – Gabriel’s Message
St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir – It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
The Harry Simeone Chorale – Little Drummer Boy
Winchester Cathedral Choir – Silent Night
Choir of Christchurch Cathedral – Enniscorthy Carol
Henry Mancini and his Orchestra – O Little Town of Bethlehem
Mormon Tabernacle Choir – O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Westminster Abbey Choir – The Holly And The Ivy
Choir Of King’s College – Away In A Manger
King’s College Choir – While Shepherds Watch Their Flock By Night
The Vienna Boys Choir – O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)
Christmas choirs and their beautiful carols are intrinsic to the Christmas season experience. They are by their nature religious in tone but not all are, ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’ for example holds a purely secular viewpoint throughout. Carols are in their natural setting in a church, being sung by a choir while a stillness envelops everyone within earshot. It is a magical experience whether Christmas means everything or nothing to you.
It would be quite impossible to enjoy Christmas Eve without traditional carols and this playlist includes some of the best choirs from around the world singing the most famous carols. The most well-known of all of them is the Vienna Boys Choir but there are representations from other cities such as London, Oslo, Dublin and Prague.
You notice a number of styles adopted in this collection from North American Gospel tinged glory of the Oslo Gospel Choir to the slightly more mainstream pop approach of Norman Luboff and his choir which was released way back in 1968. No matter the approach taken by these choirs however there is no mistaking the carols in question which have been with us for centuries.