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Christmas in the Royal City

by Guelph Chamber Choir

Familiar, popular, traditional and new Christmas carols and choral music from Canada and around the world sung by a chamber choir and soloists, accompanied by harp, piano, organ and cello.
Genre: Holiday: Classical
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Born this Night
Guelph Chamber Choir; Carolynne Godin, soloist; Alison MacNeill, piano
3:38 $0.99
2. Torches
Guelph Chamber Choir; Nancy Boss, soloist
1:42 $0.99
3. Silent Night
Guelph Chamber Choir
3:25 $0.99
4. Joy to the World
Guelph Chamber Choir; Christopher Dawes, Organ
2:51 $0.99
5. Away in a Manger
Guelph Chamber Choir; Mary Lynne Whyte, Celtic harp and soloist
2:17 $0.99
6. A Boy was Born in Bethlehem
Guelph Chamber Choir; Anna Rowan and Chris Fischer, sooists
2:16 $0.99
7. Prelude (from Dancing Day)
Lori Gemmell, harp
3:48 $0.99
8. Angelus ad virginem (from Dancing Day)
Guelph Chamber Choir; Lori Gemmell, harp
2:02 $0.99
9. Interlude (from Dancing Day)
Lori Gemmell, harp
3:52 $0.99
10. There is no Rose (from Dancing Day)
Guelph Chamber Choir; Carolynne Godin and Janice Coles, soloists; Loaria Gemmell, harp
2:34 $0.99
11. Nowel syng we bothe al and som
Guelph Chamber Choir; Chris Fischer and Neil McLaren, soloists
1:55 $0.99
12. Before the Paling of the Stars (from Songs of the Nativity)
Guelph Chamber Choirr; Alison MacNeill, piano
2:33 $0.99
13. Christ is Here (from Songs of the Nativity)
Guelph Chamber Choirr; Alison MacNeill, piano
1:47 $0.99
14. Zion Hears the Watchmen's Voices
Guelph Chamber Choir; Christopher Dawes, Organ
5:57 $0.99
15. Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Guelph Chamber Choir; Chris Fischer and Neil McLaren, soloists; Catherine Anderson, cello
13:48 $1.29
16. Fäbodpsalm Från Dalarna
Guelph Chamber Choir; Susan Stephenson, flute; Laura Harp, soloist; Gerald Neufeld, reader
3:58 $0.99
17. The Very Best Time of Year
Guelph Chamber Choir; Alison MacNeill, piano
3:39 $0.99
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Album Notes
Guelph, the “Royal City”
John Galt, a Scottish-born novelist, founded the City of Guelph in 1827. As Secretary of the Canada Company, a major land development company in Upper Canada, he developed the distinctive design of the city and invested Company funds in the cultural life of the frontier settlement. Galt hoped to promote his new town by giving it a historic name, and no name would be more prestigious than one associated with the British royal family. The King at the time of Guelph’s founding was George IV, to whom Galt had dedicated three of his novels. King George was a member of the Hanoverian family, a German dynasty which had succeeded to the British throne in 1714; the Hanoverians were a junior branch of the House of Guelph, an old German noble family originally known by the name of Welf. This family was allied with Guelphs in Florence and several other Italian cities. Dante was the most famous of the Guelphs in Florence having written the great epic, The Divine Comedy

AT CHRISTMAS, the mystery of the incarna-tion is celebrated with joy and jubilation through music that mediates the contradictions between divinity and humanity expressed in the story of Jesus’ birth. Whether one is a believer, a sceptic, or an atheist, one cannot but imbibe the essence of hope in the birth of a new era upon hearing the carols of Christmas. At their core, the message of “peace to all those of good will” is reflected in these simple, enchanting songs.

THE GUELPH CHAMBER CHOIR was founded in 1980 to foster the development and appreciation of choral music in Guelph and the surrounding area. It consists of highly talented but largely amateur singers from a wide range of occupations. With four or five concerts on its regular series, the choir’s repertoire ranges from Renaissance masters to newly commissioned works, from classical repertoire to Broadway arrangements, and from masterworks for choir and orchestra to choral gems for unaccompanied voices. The GCC performs regularly with period instru- ment accompaniment for works such as Handel’s Messiah, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Mozart’s Requiem.
In addition to its regular series of concerts, the GCC has performed in numerous festivals, including the Toronto International Choral Festival, Guelph Spring Festival, Elora Festival, and festivals in Salzburg, Austria, and the Czech Republic. Significant collaborations with other ensembles have enriched the GCC’s concerts. These ensembles include Dancetheatre David Earle, professional choirs, regional choirs, community choirs, and orchestras such as the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and Orchestra London.
The GCC has toured in Great Britain, Ireland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Holland, Germany, Sweden and Denmark and has been broadcast on CBC Radio. It has won a number of prizes in the CBC National Competition for Amateur Choirs and its discography includes Noel, On Christmas Night, Songs of the New World, and Goode Cheare: Christmas Celebrations Old and New, the latter with the Oliver Whitehead Jazz Ensemble.

GERALD NEUFELD has been conductor of the Guelph Chamber Choir since its founding in 1980. After studying in Canada and Germany (Nordwestdeutsche Musikakademie), he earned the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Iowa. He is presently a professor in the Don Wright Faculty of Music, University of Western Ontario, where he conducts choirs and teaches choral conducting in the graduate and undergraduate programs. Previously, he taught in the music department of the University of Guelph and conducted the University of Guelph Choir. Under his direction, the Guelph Chamber Choir, the University of Guelph choir, and the Faculty of Music Singers and the Thames Scholars from the University of Western Ontario have all won prizes in the CBC National Competition for Amateur Choirs. The UWO Singers and Thames Scholars have won three Wallace Laughton Awards for Post-Secondary Ensemble presented by the Canadian Music Educators Association.
Choirs under Neufeld’s direction have toured extensively in Ontario, Quebec and Europe and have performed at summer festivals in Ontario, Scandinavia, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Ireland, and the UK. His choirs have often collaborated with other choirs and orches- tras such as Orchestra London, the Kitchener- Waterloo Philharmonic, Sinfonia Mississauga, and with members of the Toronto and Hamilton Symphony Orchestras and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.
Gerald Neufeld has conducted much of the major choral/orchestral repertoire in addition to unaccompanied choral works and those with keyboard accompaniment. A former winner of the Leslie Bell Competition for choral conduc- tors, he has served on that competition’s juries and the Juno Awards jury. He is an active adjudi-cator, lecturer, and choral clinician.



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