A New Christmas!
During the course of the last few years Voices of Hope has enjoyed several collaborations with
composers from our area and when we came to think about a new recording to release at
Christmas time, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to celebrate the composing talent of the
North East with a collection of new Christmas pieces that can be sung again and again. A New
Christmas features seven new compositions and arrangements by composers who are living or
who grew up in the North East: Anna Appleby, Ian Stephenson, Stephen Waller, Len Young, Will
Todd, Fiona Lander and Kris Thomsett. The new pieces reflect the different musical traditions from
which these musicians have emerged, resulting in a recording that is rich in variety. Interspersed
with the new commissions are seasonal works that may be more familiar to choral audiences;
pieces that are Voices of Hope Christmas favourites.
The album was recorded at St Cuthbert’s Chapel, Ushaw College and St James’ & St Basil’s
Church, Fenham. It was produced and mixed by Ian Stephenson.
Check back soon for more information about the composers and pieces featured on the album.