The Lay Clerks present a joyful album of Christmas favourites to help you welcome in the 'most wonderful time of the year'. <p>Performed by The Lay Clerks of Guildford Cathedral, in superb new arrangements penned by Richard Whennell, this fine selection of seasonal music features both sacred and popular songs which have become synonymous with our traditional Christmas celebrations. Festive, sentimental and sometimes nostalgic in tone, these songs hearken back to simpler times and express perfectly the desire to be at home with our loved ones to share these special occasions. <p>Included here are songs for children (Santa Claus is coming to Town) and songs to celebrate the season (It's the most wonderful time of the year and Winter Wonderland) as well as sentimental ballad-style classics like Have yourself a merry little Christmas and White Christmas. You'll find other Christmas hits like Let it Snow! and Mel Torme's Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire) alongside beautiful carols such as Silent Night and Harold Darke's In the Bleak Midwinter. Stand by for a Ska version of Mary's Boy Child and a Memphis Gospel rendition of Adolph Adam's O Holy Night. <p>Settle back for an hour of beautiful Christmas music created to warm your heart and make your season bright. <p>The Lay Clerks is a group of professional singers employed at the internationally renowned Guildford Cathedral Choir. In addition to their cathedral duties of singing the daily religious offices, taking part in cathedral concerts, broadcasting and touring with the Choir, they are all established musicians in their own right. They perform variously on operatic, oratorio and concert stages around the world, teach singing, conduct choirs and provide management for other musicians and orchestras. In their spare time, two of them even provide a sheet music rental service to choirs and orchestras throughout the UK. As a group they enjoy nothing more than coming together every day to share their love of singing glorious music in their own wonderful, inspirational cathedral.