Well, I must admit, I've never heard of A. W. Ketelbey before. But I've got some very old Columbia shellack records from a friend composer and one was labelled: In a Monastery Garden, Pt 1 & Pt 2 (Flip side), Albert W Ketelbey's Concert Orchestra, Conducted by Composer, With Vocal Effects. The piece was so good, that I recorded it to my PC and did all what I can to make it technically better for listening. A haunting melody and with a beautiful choir singing "Kyrie Eleison". OK, it's not strictly speaking "classic". But classy it is, for sure. Later I've learned that "The Monastery" was very popular in the twenties in Britain. The arrangement is for a choir, big orchestra (violins and harp playing an important role) and organ. Oh yes, and for (a very fine) soprano. Unfortunately, it remains unknown who sung it on that old disc, but the vocal is very, very good. It is also interesting to hear how expressively the choir has been singing the "Kyrie". The organ always comes right, emphasizing the hymnical effect of the piece. There's a tubular bell and an imitation of bird's singing -- It's Christmas evening. What a Christmas gift.
Edi Zubovic - (Croatia)