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4 GIRLS 4 HARPS AT CHRISTMAS
4 Girls 4 Harps

1.
Deck the Halls
arr. H Adie
2.
Personent Hodie
arr. H Adie
3.
Silent Night
arr. H Adie
4.
Il est né
arr. K Thomas
5.
Gabriel's Message
arr. H Adie
6.
I Saw Three Ships
arr. E Turner
7.
Gaudete
arr. H Adie
8.
Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
arr. H Adie
9.
See Amid the Winter's Snow
arr. H Adie
10.
In the Bleak Midwinter
arr. E Turner
11.
In Dulce Jubilo
arr. H Adie
12.
What Child Is This?
arr. H Adie
13.
I Wonder as I Wander
arr. H Adie
14.
We Three Kings of Orient Are
arr. H Adie
15.
Huron Carol
arr. H Adie
16.
Carol of the Bells
arr. E Scorah
17.
O Holy Night
arr. H Adie
18.
The Holly and the Ivy
arr. H Adie
19.
Sussex Carol
arr. H Adie
20.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
arr. H Adie

 

4 Girls 4 Harps

with Helen Winter, soprano

"This will blow away the cobwebs - sparklingly energetic arrangements for four harps of favourite carols. The '4 Girls'...do the arranging themselves, with versatility and imagination...Ensemble is watertight, and there's a real rhythmic elan to the playing which keeps you listening."
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

This CD presents exciting new works alongside transcriptions of classic pieces which shows off the full scope of four concert harps. For centuries, the harp has been associated with heaven and angels. There are many beautiful images depicting angels playing golden harps, often adorning stained glass windows, Christmas cards, and as decorations on the Christmas tree.  December is one of the busiest months in a harpist’s calendar.  From the harp solo in Tchaikovsky’s ballet ‘The Nutcracker’, to Benjamin Britten’s ‘A Ceremony of Carols’ for choir and harp, the warm, sparkling tones of a harp really help to make the festive season even more special! It was their love of Christmas, and the exquisite music associated with it, that inspired them to create this collection of their favourite carols and arranged them in a variety of styles. From traditional choral anthems, to rustic folk influences and jazz harmonies, each carol has been carefully selected.

 


"This will blow away the cobwebs - sparklingly energetic arrangements for four harps of favourite carols. The '4 Girls'...do the arranging themselves, with versatility and imagination...Ensemble is watertight, and there's a real rhythmic elan to the playing which keeps you listening."
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE




4 Girls 4 Harps at Christmas

For centuries, the harp has been associated with heaven and angels. There are many beautiful images depicting angels playing golden harps, often adorning stained glass windows, Christmas cards, and as decorations on the Christmas tree.

December is one of the busiest months in a harpist’s calendar. From the harp solo in Tchaikovsky’s ballet ‘The Nutcracker’, to Benjamin Britten’s ‘A Ceremony of Carols’ for choir and harp, the warm, sparkling tones of a harp really help to make the festive season even more special! It was our love of Christmas, and the exquisite music associated with it, that inspired us to create our own collection of carols.

One of the most exciting parts of being such a unique classical ensemble is the opportunity to ‘borrow’ music from other instruments, to arrange for four harps. For this album, we have chosen a selection of our favourite carols and arranged them in a variety of styles. From traditional choral anthems, to rustic folk influences and jazz harmonies, each carol was selected because it meant something to one of us and, quite simply, because we loved how it sounded. We hope that you will enjoy listening to them as much as we have enjoyed writing and performing them.

 

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