Be Merry! With Gloriæ Dei Cantores
Christmas evokes many responses: the delight of a treasured gift, the warmth of friendships, the chance to sing and dance, or special times of worship. Gloriæ Dei Cantores invites you to celebrate these moments with Be Merry! a collection of new and well-known carols that joyfully revel in and quietly reflect upon the heritage we share with millions around the world: the gift of the Babe in Bethlehem.
Sometimes the simplest sounds and words stir us to hear the true expression of Christmas. This arrangement of Theodora Hall’s In a Humble Cattle Shed does just that: it shows a timeless story passed on with a spirit of tenderness and simple faith.
Picture a dark cathedral with candles aglow, the hushed and cold expectancy of the midnight service. Alleluia, Alleluia. May this music heighten the mystery of this holy night.
You may not know that many of our most festive Christmas carols were originally dances, including Deck the Hall, (which is still a dance tune in Wales). This sassy arrangement, a feast of “fa-la-la’s,” evokes a lively party of friends gathered around the fire making merry with a little close harmony!