As a winter-warming and haunting introduction to the Christmas season, recordings come no better than this, especially when sung with the heartfelt sincerity of the St. John’s Choristers. Christopher Thomas,www.musicweb-international.com
This recording presents a reconstruction of the Service for Advent with Carols and within the space available preserves as many aspects as possible of the Service as it might be heard on Advent Sunday from St. John's. It should be noted however that the number of readings has been curtailed and that certain congregational elements are naturally absent as is the extended organ voluntary played as choir and congregation leave the chapel. The Service blends traditional plainsong antiphons, carols and carol-anthems alongside readings and Collects.