Our choir’s new CD featuring beautiful Christmas music was launched on Monday evening and this is now available in the Cathedral Gift Shop.

The CD Born on a New Day is directed by Master of the Choristers David Stevens and features the Cathedral Girls’ Choir and Lay Clerks singing many seasonal favourites as well as some less well known choral Christmas songs.

The singing is all unaccompanied which is quite unusual but makes for a very pure sound.

There are 17 tracks on the album. They include Once in royal David’s city; The Holly and the Ivy; Ding dong! merrily on high; Sleep, Holy Babe; and Taverner’s The Lamb.

This is the first CD to be released by the Choir of St Anne’s since the arrival of Mr Stevens as Master of the Choristers in 2012. Since then the Cathedral’s Music Department has been extended and now has a Girls’ Choir, Lay Clerks and Scholars; a Boys’ Choir and a Junior Girls’ Choir.

Born on a New Day was recorded in St Anne’s Cathedral last June.

The CDs cost £12. To order a copy contact admin@belfastcathedral.org or ring 028 9032 8332.