From the opening and stirring John Rutter fanfare to the beautifully harmonized verse with descant, this medley begins with the familiar Advent hymn, Lo! he comes with clouds descending, followed by the tender and gentle Mary’s Lullaby. From there we celebrate the birth of Jesus with songs of joy from Spain (Esta noche), Germany (How great our joy! And In dulci jubilo), dating from 1328, and 500 years later, the inspiration for the English paraphrase, Good Christians all, rejoice! (with additional slight paraphrase). This is the fifth in a series of John Rutter’s masterful interpretations of the Christmas season.