The following review has been provided by Andrew Kirk:
'This is a splendid CD, showing off the full choral resources of the church to excellent effect. If you haven't bought a copy yet, do so now! It is an ideal Christmas gift and deserves to be a sell-out. There is great variety, with some tracks for the choirboys, choirgirls, chamber choir, choirmen and combinations of these groups. An organ solo in a pastoral style played by Derek Grover shows off the wide range of colours of the fine instrument.
From an ancient plainsong melody, Why Impious Herod, via a beautifully paced German Chorale Es ist ein Ros entsprungen sung by the Chamber Choir, to the haunting contemporary setting of O Magnum Mysterium for all the choirs, which concludes the CD, there are many tracks to appreciate and enjoy on more than one hearing.
Other highlights include a medieval setting of Gaudete (Rejoice) and the modern carol, The Shepherds Carol composed by ex King Singer Bob Chilcott, both of which have become popular in recent years. The girls and men sing well in Come gentle shepherds, a simple but effective carol with ample room for organ colours in the accompaniment.
There are a number of opportunities for solo singing, which is of high quality throughout the CD. Once in Royal David's City is imaginatively arranged with an excellent soaring descant by Ian Roberts, Director of Music, which equals and in my opinion, betters other well-known descants.
As Director of Music at Ranmoor from 1994-2003, when the last CD was released in 1997, it is really good to hear that music at the church is flourishing. The music provision has expanded over the years and this CD amply demonstrates the very high standards achieved. Gary Cole, the recording engineer at Regent Records has skilfully captured the church acoustic, with its subtle bloom to the choral sound. I thoroughly recommend this CD to you!'
Copies of the CD are available in the church or from the Parish Office (0114 2301199).
A single CD costs £10, but three can be purchased for £20.