My chief hobby is choral singing, which for me goes along with listening to music. Lots of music. Frequently.
Most Decembers, I get the urge to listen to Christmas music (generally sacred, not secular). It’s usually something completely different from whatever my choir happens to be singing for the holidays.
My favorite genres are early music, such as that from the Medieval and Renaissance periods, Baroque, and Folk, with some old-school American hymns mixed in. To give you an idea of some music I like, check out the ensemble Boston Camerata.
After much prowling around online and listening to samples, I finally settled on The Cambridge Singers’ Christmas Album – they’re a choir that doesn’t perform, they only do recordings, and they’re conducted by the well-known British composer John Rutter. I liked the mix of songs on this particular cd, as well as the singers’ precision. I guess I’ll find out after a few listens if it goes into my regular December rotation.
You can listen to samples here, if you’re interested.