A Child’s Christmas


Royal Ballet Sinfonia & City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Barry Wordsworth; Gavin Sutherland; Julian Bigg

HTGCD 139 – 5060332662999

1 CD

A collection of orchestral music for Christmas by British composers, curated by Philip Lane, ‘the doyen of light music’ (Gramophone), expertly played by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

Victor Hely-Hutchinson (1901-47): Overture to a Pantomime (1946)

Gordon Thornett (b.1942): A Child's Christmas (2016) *

Adam Saunders (b.1968): The Magical Kingdom (2003) *

Thomas Hewitt Jones (b.1984): Christmas Party (2016) *

Solo Violin: Simon Hewitt Jones

Roy Moore (b.1948): Santa's Sleigh Ride (2019)

Bryan Kelly (b.1934): A Song of Sixpence (2020)

Adam Saunders (b.1968): Journey to Lapland (2020)

John Lanchbery (1923-2003):  Tales of Beatrix Potter – excerpts

  1. Introduction
  2. Tale of Jemima Puddleduck
  3. The PicnicThe Picnic (continued) & Finale

Thomas Hewitt Jones (b. 1984): Overture: The Age of Optimism (2023)

Philip Lane (b.1950) & Ian Nicholls (b.1960)

Suite: The Adventures of Captain Pugwash (1999) **

Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted by Barry Wordsworth & Gavin Sutherland *

City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Julian Bigg **


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    A Child’s Christmas is an apposite title for an enchanting collection of orchestral music for Christmas, curated by Phillip Lane who is one of eight English composers represented.’ Alan Cooper, British Music Society

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    ‘Altogether, this is a delightful release, full of splendid things. I guess that most if not all this repertoire will be new to the listener. Each piece is enjoyable, approachable, and full of interest. It will make an ideal stocking filler for all lovers of British Light Music.’ John France, MusicWeb International

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    ‘A sprightly, highly-entertaining compilation of purely orchestral music.’ Gramophone December 2023

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    ‘Heritage adds to the festive cheer with this latest anthology of music for, about or appropriate to Christmas as heard from a child’s perspective, expertly realized by this brace of orchestras and three conductors, in what should prove the ideal addition to anyone’s Yuletide listening.’ Richard Whitehouse, Arcana FM

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