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George Guest

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George Guest

George Guest is generally regarded among the finest British choral conductors of his time. Some musicologists have attributed the endurance, if not the very survival, of the English cathedral choir to him. He made more than 60 recordings with St. John's Choir (Cambridge), covering a broad range of repertory (Palestrina and Mozart to Tippett and Lennox Berkeley) and garnering consistent critical acclaim.

Guest was born in Bangor, Wales, on February 19, 1924. He attended the Friars school in his hometown and became a chorister by age 9 at the local cathedral. At 11 he sang in the choir at Chester Cathedral while taking private lessons to develop his keyboard skills. After serving four years in the Royal Air Force during World War II, he returned to Chester Cathedral as sub-organist in 1946. The following year he enrolled at St. John's under an organ scholarship, studying with Thurston Dart and Boris Ord. In 1951 the choir director, Robin Orr, resigned to focus on composition, leaving the post to Guest.

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St John's College Choir, Cambridge : Christmas Carols from St. John's : 00  1 CD : George Guest :  : 6670

St John's College Choir, Cambridge : Christmas Carols from St. John's

Review: A fine selection of traditional English Christmas carols sung impeccable by the venerable English choir under the direction of George Guest.

Songlist: Unto Us a Boy Is Born, Ding Dong! Merrily on High, Balulalow, Holly and the Ivy, In the Bleak Mid-Winter, Sussex Carol, I Sing of a Maiden, Shepherd's Pipe Carol, Silent Night, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, O Little Town of Bethlehem, God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen, Jesus Christ the Apple Tree, Good King Wenceslas, There Is No Rose, Two Welsh Carols, Away in a Manger, O Come, All Ye Faithful

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