As Director of Music for the The North Parish of North Andover from 1986-1996, Matt was deeply involved with the release of this recording. Recorded in the church sanctuary of this 350 year old church (how many churches can say THAT!), many of the selections were either arranged, accompanied or directed by Matt.
The featured musicians were drawn from the bounty of musical talent that existed within the congregation.
The musical selections are from the standard Holiday fare. Matt plays a solo piano rendition of
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas on the disc as well.
Many different musical groups performed the arrangements, including: Adult Vocal Choir, Children's Choir,
Vocal Ensemble(s), Adult Handbell Choir & Youth Handbell Choirs, plus several soloists.
Theres an eclectic mixture of styles presented: Have you ever heard a Cajun version of What Child Is This
or a jazz trio play J.S. Bachs Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring?
The final track features the entire congregation singing a medley of carols Matt arranged & accompanied.
Since Matt does not YET have a Holiday recording of his own, you may want to check out this one.
It will get you in the spirit of the Holidays...;-)