December 2014 is a busy and exciting month for The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge as they premiere their recently released ‘Lux de Caelo’ Christmas disc at performances in America, The Netherlands, and London.
On 6 December the choir performed at the Library of Congress, Washington, in a sold-out concert that paid tribute to American choral composer Irving Fine and was met with a standing ovation. The Washington Post have given their performance a rave review:
“Graham Ross, the group’s director, capitalizes on youthful energy with brisk tempi, and lets his singers be themselves.”
The sopranos and altos have “a colorful, feminine sound” and the choir “showed the power of [Fine’s] choral writing”.
They then performed at Calvary United Methodist Church in Annapolis on 7 December, premiering pieces from their recently released ‘Lux de Caelo’ Christmas disc.
On 13 and 14 December the choir return to the UK to perform Christmas concerts at St John’s Smith Square and at a sold-out Lamberhurst Music Festival, before embarking on a tour to the Netherlands for a series of concerts in three beautiful Churches: Sint Jacobskerk in Vlissingen, Sint Joriskerk in Amersfoort, and Stevenskirk in Nijmegen.
The choir’s new ‘Lux de Caelo’ disc has received four stars from BBC Music Magazine and been described as “spine-tingly skillful” (Gramophone) and “the best of the bunch…A major winner in the British holiday album genre” (Allmusic.com). It has also been named ‘Album of the Week’ on New York’s classical radio station, WQXR, and listed as one of Sinfini Music’s Top Ten Christmas Albums, who say “this might just be the best disc of the year”.
See a review sheet for this disc here.