This collection of carols, arranged or composed by Andrew Carter, was recorded at St.Alban's, Holborn, which provides a generous acoustic. The Quire of London is a fairly small group of 20 voices, with John Scott providing the organ accompaniment and two solo items.
This is a really interesting collection of 22 carols, though you are unlikely to know more than half of them. The first track,"A maiden most gentle", based on the Lourdes melody, receives a lovely interpretation (though a bit slower than I like it). Amongst the many other highlights I would mention are "Sweet was the Song","Spanish Lullaby", "Mary's Magnificat" (in which the soloist is Elin Manahan Thomas, who will be known to many), "Spanish Carol", "Polish Carol", "Austrian Yodel Carol" and a French Carol "C'etait la veill' de Noe", again with Elin Manahan Thomas as soloist. There are also more familiar carols which have been arranged by Andrew Carter.
If you like to explore new carols you should be very pleasantly surprised by those on this CD. The Quire of London sing beautifully, directed by Andrew Carter. The booklet contains background notes on the carols by Andrew Carter, as well as notes about Andrew and John Scott. It also contains complete texts of the carols.
I have only owned this CD for 2 days, but can see it being a favourite Christmas album for many years.