8 November 2013

Just in time for Christmas - this CD is something of a revelation

Joy To The World

Christmas at the Sydney Town Hall, presented annually by the City of Sydney, originated in 1978 when Robert Ampt was appointed the fourth Sydney City Organist. Since then the structure and content of this event has evolved into one of Sydney’s major Christmas celebrations.
Christmas at the Sydney Town Hall brings together a massed choir, children’s choir, vocal and instrumental soloists, brass and percussion players, and the legendary William Hill and Son pipe organ played by Robert Ampt, who also conceives and plans each year’s event. Throughout the evening, poems and short narratives alternate with music; all enhanced by pageantry, special lighting and the awe-inspiring grandeur of the Sydney Town Hall itself.

But the music, much of it propelled and energised by the great organ, is the main reason the hall is packed year after year. The capacity audience sings its collective heart out during the thrilling carol arrangements, and ponders and reflects during the colourful and often moving choral and solo works. Much of this music has been composed or arranged by Robert Ampt. This CD offers, for the first time, a selection of Ampt’s Christmas music, most of which received its first performance in the Sydney Town Hall.

Track Listing

Joy to the World
Once in Royal David's City
Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
God Rest You Merry, Gentleman
All Poor Men and Humble
Sing with Joy, O Earth and Sky
Beside Thy Manger Here I Sky
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Mary the Virgin
Lord, Now Lettest Thou Thy Servant Depart in Peace
Manyfold Amen
A Babe is Born in Bethlehem
Coventry Carol
Angels fromt he Realms of Glory
Silent Night
Christmas Night
While Shepherds watched Their Flocks by Night
Kookaburra Sits in the Christmas Tree
Christmas Day


Further reading

Joy To The World

Christmas at the Sydney Town Hall, presented annually by the City of Sydney, originated in 1978 when Robert Ampt was appointed the fourth Sydney City Organist. Since then the structure and content of this event has evolved into one of Sydney’s major Christmas celebrations.

Robert Ampt

Robert Ampt is the Sydney City Organist and Organist/Choirmaster of Sydney's German Lutheran Church. An active recitalist and teacher, he composes and arranges music for the organ, has written two children's introductions to the organ, and has written an extensive history of the Sydney Town Hall organ.