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Mandolin Christmas

Christmas songs for mandolin orchestra. Arguably Australia's most acclaimed mandolinist, Kurt Jensen performs an international programme of sparkling and entertaining Christmas carols.

Joined by mandola player Joan Harris, harpist Julie Raines, guitarist Tamara Leamon, pianist May Gavin, mezzo-soprano Suzann Frisk and the Scandinavian Choir, Jensen performs carols which range from mediaeval to modern classics and convey both the joyous and reflective moods which the season of Christmas brings. This unique and exciting program, features carols from England, France, Australia, Germany, Denmark, the USA and original compositions by Swedish composer Ebbe Grimms land.

The warm, intimate sounds of the mandolin, mandola, harp, piano and guitar, combine with the rich and thrilling tones of the superb Scandinavian choir to convey the warmth and bonhomie of a home during the festive season.


Kurt Jensen

Kurt Jensen is a Danish mandolin soloist who has been performing professionally since the age of 12. In Australia he has featured as soloist with the Melbourne Musicians, Chamber Strings of Melbourne, Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra and Guitar Ensemble.

Press quotes

“And what is Christmas without mandolins ... No organs, no orchestras, no grand statements, merely a domestic, happy scene. It exudes warmth.”

— Kim Lockwood, Herald Sun

“Move Records ... has a winner with Mandolin Christmas.”

The Sunday Mail

Audio preview

Track Listing

  1. Christmas Eve Deck the Halls, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Il est né (Traditional) Arr: Karl Thomas
  2. Away in a Manger (Traditional) Arr: Reginald Jacques Vaughan McAlley
  3. När det lider mot jul (choral version) Ruben Liljefors
  4. Once in Royal David's City Henry John Gauntlett Arr: Vaughan McAlley
  5. Australian Carols The Three Drovers, Christmas Day, Carol of the Birds John Wheeler William Garnet James Arr: Karl Thomas
  6. Bethlehem Stjärna Alice Tegnér
  7. Silent Night Franz Xavier Gruber Arr: Karl Thomas
  8. Bethlehem Stjärna Alice Tegnér Arr: Karl Thomas
  9. Cantique de Noël Adolphe Adam Arr: Karl Thomas
  10. Coventry Carol (Traditional) Arr: Vaughan McAlley
  11. Nu tändas Tusen Julejus (Traditional) Arr: S. Thuringer
  12. Blessed be that maid Mary (Traditional) Arr: Vaughan McAlley David Willcocks
  13. Ave Maria Hugo Gyldmark
  14. Holly and the Ivy (Traditional) Arr: Karl Thomas
  15. Winter Song Ebbe Grims-land
  16. Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer Johnny Marks
  17. Merry Christmas Nu har ci jul igen, Sikken voldsom trangsel, Juletraeet mid pynt, På loftet sidden nissen (Traditional) Arr: Karl Thomas
  18. Mary's Boy Child Jester Hairston Arr: Karl Thomas
  19. Barn Jesus in En Krybbe Lå Niels Wilhelm Gade
  20. När det lider mot jul (mandolin version) Ruben Liljefors
  21. Jeg er så glad hver juletid P. Knudsen
  22. Dance at Christmas Ebbe Grims-land
  23. We wish you a merry Christmas (Traditional) Arr: (Anonymous)
  24. White Christmas Irving Berlin Arr: Karl Thomas



Vaughan McAlley

Vaughan is a composer and arranger, a capable flautist and french horn player as well as engineer of countless Move CD releases.

William Garnet James

Composer William Garnet James was the first federal director of the ABC (1931-1957) and it was during his tenure that orchestras were formed in each state.

Adolphe Adam

Adolphe Charles Adam (24 July 1803 – 3 May 1856) was a French composer and music critic. A prolific composer of operas and ballets, he is best known today for his ballets Giselle (1841) and Le corsaire (1856, his last work), his operas Le postillon de Lonjumeau (1836), Le toréador (1849) and Si j'étais roi (1852) [n 1] and his Christmas carol Minuit, chrétiens! (1844), later set to different English lyrics and widely sung as "O Holy Night" (1847). Adam was a noted teacher, who taught Delibes and other influential composers.

Where to buy

Mandolin Christmas is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

Mandolin Christmas is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

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Product details

Recorded at the Move Records Studio, Melbourne Australia.

List price
$15.00 AUD
Martin Wright
Vaughan McAlley
Move Records Studio
Release date
© 1997 Move Records
℗ 1997 Move Records
Christmas, Folk music
Catalogue number
MD 3189
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574318920