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O Holy Night

by North Star Boys' Choir

The North Star Boys’ Choir is unique in that it truly does preserve the European tradition of boys’ choirs. They are trained in the European technique which creates a brilliant and rich sound.
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1. O Gracious Light
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2. Andachtsjodle
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3. Süßer Die Glocken Nie Klingen
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4. Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming
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5. Rocking
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6. Glory to Thee My God This Night
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7. O Jesulein Süß
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8. Away in a Manger
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9. O Holy Night
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10. Hark Now O Shepherds
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11. Ding Dong Merrily On High
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12. Deck the Halls
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13. Adeste Fideles
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14. Prayer of the Children
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15. Stille Nacht
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
A celestial night, celestial music, celestial voices! The North Star Boys’ Choir makes its choral début with a Christmas album, demonstrating its captivating command of a variety of styles and choral sound. The North Star Boys’ Choir is a very new choir, being founded in November, 2011, by parents of experienced choirboys who had a strong desire to pursue and preserve the European tradition of boys’ choirs. The dedication and commitment of the boys to this ideal is impressive. Their first choir rehearsal was the 1st of November, 2011. Within 3 weeks they presented two full concerts in Northampton, Iowa to rave reviews by the local newspaper critics and audiences.

The North Star Boys’ Choir is unique in that it truly does preserve the European tradition of boys’ choirs. They are trained in the European technique which creates a brilliant and rich sound. Their repertoire embraces the works of the great masters such as Bach, Vittoria, Schubert, and Mozart, to mention only a few. Folk songs in many foreign languages are also sung. Diverse styles such Spirituals and Barbershop are also included in their program.

Francis Stockwell, born in New Zealand, is the Artistic Director of the North Star Boys’ Choir. Mr. Stockwell studied concert piano in Geneva and Lucerne, Switzerland, German in Hamburg, Germany and voice in Vienna, Austria where he also lived and worked with the Vienna Boys’ Choir at the same time. Mr. Stockwell was also a guest lecturer in singing at the Konservatorium für Musik in Lucerne and has held singing seminars in Switzerland, Germany, New Zealand, Australia and the United States. Mr. Stockwell directs the Touring Choir, Music Magic and the Kantorei.
Craig Carmody Anderson is the Executive Director of the North Star Boys’ Choir. Mr. Anderson, who holds a degree in music from St. Cloud State University and also studied in Vienna, Austria, under Prof. Ingrid Doll-Kallinger, has over 40 years of experience in working with boys’ choirs. Besides being in charge of transport and the bus driving he also directs the Cadet Choir.


1. Phos Hilaron (O Gracious Light) Sung while processing

1. O gracious Light, pure brightness of the ever-living Father in heaven. O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed! 2. Now as we come to the setting of the sun, and our eyes behold the vesper light, we sing Thy praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 3. Thou art worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices, O Son of God, O Giver of Life, and to be glorified through all the worlds.

2. Andachtsjodler
Tjo tjo-i-ri, tjo tjo-i-ri, tjo-tjo-ri, di-ri-di-jo-i-ri.

3. Süßer die Glocken nie klingen (Sweeter do Bells Never Ring)
Süßer die Glocken nie klingen als zu der Weihnachtszeit,
síst als Engelein singen wieder von Friede und Freud.
Wie sie gesungen in seliger Nacht,
Glocken mit heiligem Klange, klingett die Erde entlang.

Wenn Weihnachtsglocken erklingen, schnell sie das Christkind erhört,
tut sich vom Himmel herschwingen, eilet hernieddr zur Erd´.
Segnet den Vater die Mutter sdas Kind,
Glocken mit heligem Klange, klinget die Erde entlang.
Sweeter do bells never ring, as at Christmas time, ´Tis as thought angels are singing of peace to all mankind. As they were singing on that holy night, telling the joy of the forthcoming light, Bells with heavenly sounds, with echoes the earth abounds.

4. Lo How a Rose e’er Blooming
Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming, From tender stem hath sprung. From Jesse’s lineage coming, As men of old hath sung. It came a flow’ret bright. Amid the cold of winter, When half-spent was the night.
Isaiah, ‘twas foretold it, The Rose I have in mind. With Mary we behold it, The Virgin mother kind. To show God’s love aright. She bore to men a Saviour, When half-spent was the night.

5. Rocking
Little Jesus, sweetly sleep, do not stir, we will lend a coat of fur.
We will rock you, rock you, rock you,
See the fur to keep you warm, snugly round your tiny form.

Mary’s little baby, sleep, sweetly sleep, sleep in comfort, slumber deep.
We will rock you, rock you, rock you,
We will serve you all we can, darling, darling little man.

6. Glory to Thee, My God this Night
Glory to Thee, my God this night for all the blessings of the light.
Keep me, O keep me King of Kings beneath Thy own almighty wings.
Forgive me, Lord, for Thy dear son, The ill that I this day have done,
That with the world, myself and Thee, I ere I sleep at peace may be.
O may my soul on Thee repose and with sweet sleep my eyelids close,
Sleep that my me more vigorous make to serve my God when I awake.

7. O Jesulein süß
O Jesulein süß, O Jesulein mild,
Dein Vaters Willen hast Du erfüllt;
Bist kommen aus dem Himmelreich,
Uns armen Menschen worden gleich,
O Jesulein süß, O Jesulein mild.

O Jesu sweet Child, O Jesu so mild,
Thy Father´s will Thou hast fulfilled:
Thou cam´st from heaven for our sake,
Our human flesh on Thee to take,
O Jesu sweet child, O Jesu so mild.

O Jesu sweet child, O Jesu so mild.
Help us to do as Thou hast willed;
For all we have is Thine alone,
O guide us, keep us for Thine own,
O Jesu sweet child, O Jesu so mild.

8. Away in a Manger
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.
I love Thee Lord Jesus look down from the sky,
And stay by my side until morning is nigh.

Be near me Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
Close by me for ever and love me I pray.
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care,
And fit us for heaven to live with Thee there.

9. O Holy Night
O holy night! The stars are brightly shining. It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining till He appeared and the soul felt its worth. The thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices. For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees. Oh, hear the angel voices. Oh night, oh night divine. Oh night when Christ was born. Oh night divine.

10. Deck the Halls
Deck the halls with boughs of holly,
Fa,la,la,la,la,la,la,la,
‘Tis the season to be jolly
Don we now our gay apparel
Troll the ancient Yuletide carol.

See the blazing Yule before us
Strike the harp and join the chorus
Follow me in merry measure
While I tell of Yuletide treasure

Fast away the old year passes
Strike the harp and join the chorus
Sing we joyous altogether
Heedless of the wind and weather

11. Hark, Now, O Shepherds
Hark, now, O shepherds, great news do we bring! Mighty the monarch whose praises we sing. Lo, in the manger lies Jesus holy, Son of the gentle maid, Mary lowly, Shepherds rejoice.
See now in beauty, sweet Mother and Child! God’s tender light o’er them glowing yet mild. O’er all the world the star, brightly beaming, Soft sheds its loving rays, gently streaming, Shepherds rejoice.
Angels bright shining, great tidings you bring. News of sweet Mary and Jesus, our King. Straight will we journey forth, gladly bringing All our devotion fervently singing, Christ now is born!





12. Ding Dong Merrily on High
Ding, dong, merrily on high the Christmas bells are ringing.
Ding, dong, joyously reply the angels all are singing.
Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis.

Praise Him! people far and near,
and join the angles singing.
Ding, dong everywhere we hear
The Christmas bells a ringing.
Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis.

Ding, dong, carol all the bells
O tell the Christmas story;
Ring and sing noels,
God’s son has come in glory.
Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis.

Hear them ring this happy morn!
Our God a gift has given;
Ding, dong, Christ is born!
A precious child from heaven.
Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis.

13. Adeste Fideles
Adeste fidels, laeti triumphantes, venite, venite, in Bethlehem.
Natum videte, regem angelorum.
Venite adoremus , Dominum.

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold him, born the King of angels.
O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

14. Prayer of the Children
(In memory of the 8,000 boys and men slaughtered in Srebrenica)
1. Can you hear the prayer of the children, on bended knee, in the shadow of an unknown room? Empty eyes with no more tears to cry, turning heavenward toward the light. Crying, “Father, help me to see the morning light of one more day. But if I should die before I wake, I pray my soul to take.” 2. Can you feel the hearts of the children, aching for home, for something of their very own? Reaching hands with nothing to hold on to, but hope for a better day, a better day. Crying, “Father, help me to feel the love again in my own land, but if unknown roads lead away from home, give me loving arms, ‘way from harm. (Wailing of the children): Woh doh doh doh dohm, wo doh doh doh dohm, doh doh dah dah dah doh. 3. Can you hear the voice of the children, softly pleading, for silence in their shattered world? Angry guns preach a gospel full of hate, blood of the innocent on their hands. Crying, “Father, help me to feel the sun again upon my face. For when darkness clears I know you’re near, bringing peace again. Dali cuje te sve dje cje molitve? Can you hear the prayer of the children?

15. Stille Nacht
Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht! Alles schläft, einsam wacht nur das traute heilige Paar; holder Knabe in lockigem Haar, schlaf in himmlischer Ruh, schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!
1. Silent night! Holy night! All is calm, all is bright. ‘Round yon Virgin Mother and child. Holy infant so tender and mild. Sleep in heavenly peace.2. Silent night! Holy night! Shepherds quake at the sight! Glories stream from heaven afar. Heav’nly hosts sing Alleluia. Christ the Saviour is born.


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