Advent is upon us and we are fast counting down to Christmas! It’s the time of year when we can listen to our favourite Christmas music without feeling guilty that it’s the wrong time of year so I thought that it was high time we revived thoughtsofjustafan’s Alfie Boe album of the month with Home for the Holidays. In the absence of an Alfie Christmas album, I’ve been listening to the CD and watching the DVD for a good few weeks now – you’re not going to tell me I’m the only one surely?
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s (MoTab) annual Christmas concerts invite world renowned classical singers as their special guests (Bryn Terfel and Katherine Jenkins have appeared in recent years). The concerts are filmed and shown on TV before being released on CD and DVD the following year – it takes a while to edit and it then makes sense to wait until nearer Christmas to release the finished product. Alfie appeared at these concerts in 2012 which was made all the more special as he and Sarah have a home in Salt Lake City; one of the most moving parts of the concert was Alfie thanking the audience for “bringing me home”, a neat link in to his most famous song.
A few views for this video…a cool 1.6 million!
As much as I love Bring Him Home, my favourite songs from Home for the Holidays are I Wonder as I Wander and Angels, From the Realms of Glory. The former features John Rutter’s arrangement (also seen on Alfie’s 2007 Onward album). A behind the scenes interview with the musical directors of the concert shows that Alfie was initially reluctant to perform this song, but I’m so glad he did.
If you don’t yet own this on CD (and only 37% of fans did in our 2014 poll) then you are missing out. It’s available here:
Only 43% of fans owned the DVD which may have something to do with the fact that it’s not readily available in the UK. Click below to buy from Deseret Books (where Alfie did a signing session the following year). As far as I am aware, it’s playable in the UK – I bought it from Deseret and it works just fine.
I have a copy of this album to give away to one lucky reader who can answer this question:
Who wrote I Wonder as I Wander?
The competition is now closed! The lucky winner (picked at random) is Ann Warren! Please click here to send me your details.
This competition is open to everyone, not just UK residents (although I can’t say whether you will receive it for Christmas, due to the vagaries of the postal system)! I’ll even throw in a copy of Sleigh Ride, the Boston Pop album that features Alfie on O Holy Night!
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