A Year in Saint Louis | Regent Records REGCD415

A Year in Saint Louis

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Label: Regent Records

Cat No: REGCD415

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 25th August 2014

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About

Continuing Regentís ĎA Yearí series we move to the US, and an unusual collection of music from the choir of Saint Peterís Episcopal Church, Saint Louis, directed by William Aitken, in their first commercial recording.

Saint Peterís Church in Saint Louis, Missouri, is renowned in the US mid-West for being a centre for music from the Anglican choral tradition, performed at the highest standards. The adult choir sings English cathedral-style services weekly and the churchís annual organ concert series regularly features distinguished British musicians such as Thomas Trotter, James OíDonnell, and John Scott.

This recording charts a journey through the churchís year from Advent to Pentecost. In addition to some perennial favourites, also included are first recordings of new works written for the Saint Peterís choir by British composer, Sasha Johnson Manning, together with a selection of recent and contemporary American choral works by Ned Rorem, Leo Sowerby, Louie White, Joseph Goodman, Arthur Baynon, and director William Aitken himself Ė all of which will be new to British audiences.

The churchís fine main organ, built by British organ builder Mander, is featured extensively, and two of the tracks also feature the new Mander chamber organ.

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