Combining choir, piano and strings, this album reimagines beloved carols, alongside brand new compositions which evoke the spirit of winter. Christmas favourites such as ‘The First Nowell’, ‘The Holly and the Ivy’ and ‘Silent Night’ alternating with beautiful Gjeilo works such as ‘The Rose’ and ‘Ecce Novum’ – balancing the new and the familiar in perfect harmony.
Ola Gjeilo says: “I’ve always wanted to do a Christmas album and I’m so excited to get to share these winter-inspired tracks, 15 collaborations with the amazing Choir of Royal Holloway and 12 Ensemble.”
The new recording features Ola Gjeilo on piano, the Choir of Royal Holloway, and 12 Ensemble – a collection of London’s finest and most exciting chamber musicians. The conductor is Rupert Gough, Director of Choral Music and College Organist at Royal Holloway since 2005.