Christmas CD from Luceat choir directed by current student dedicated to NHS
Graduate student James Fellows, who is currently reading for a DPhil in Musicology, directs his young choir Luceat in their new CD Vidimus Gloriam Eius: A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols for Christmas. Founded in 2017 to provide the opportunity for students to sing services at Cathedrals for an intensive week during the summer, Luceat has grown and today its membership encompasses some of the finest young singers in the UK, including a strong Queen’s contingent.
This new disc was recorded in Keble Chapel and is the fruition of a collaboration with the Oxford Vaccine Group, and a celebration of the choir’s restored freedom to sing together. A testament to communal strength and resilience, this carefully curated collection of carols and readings marks the return of Luceat to music-making in a world forever touched by the COVID-19 pandemic. Uniting the music of the Christmas season with its liturgical contexts in the stunning acoustics of the Keble College Chapel, this Carol Service offers a meditative and solemn take on the captivating Christmas story.
The CD is dedicated in particular to the courageous staff of the NHS, who have selflessly placed themselves in harm's way on the frontlines of the pandemic, in an effort to preserve human life. The recorded lessons are largely read by members of the Oxford Vaccine Group, who devised the widely utilised ChAdOx1 vaccine, as part of this effort.
The CD has already been featured on BBC Radio 3, and the Cathedral Music Trust’s Advent Calendar. In December’s Organists' Review, Julian Lloyd Webber said: ‘Luceat translates as 'shine', which is exactly what the choir does".
You can stream the CD: https://linktr.ee/Luceatchoir or make a purchase here: https://www.luceatchoir.co.uk/product-page/vidimus-gloriam-eius-a-festival-of-nine-lessons-carols-for-christmas. Find out more about Luceat here: https://www.luceatchoir.co.uk.