Christmas from Tewkesbury | Regent Records REGCD440

Christmas from Tewkesbury


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Label: Regent Records

Cat No: REGCD440

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Christmas

Release Date: 8th December 2014



This collection of festive music is a selection from the repertoire that the choristers and lay clerks of Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum can be heard singing during the run up to Christmas each year. Some of the pieces are new recordings of well-known favourites, whilst others will be less familiar.

The Schola Cantorum’s raison d’etre is to sing Evensong during the week throughout school term time. This tradition at Tewkesbury was revived forty years ago, in 1974, when the Choir of the Abbey School sang its first service of Choral Evensong. Since the Abbey School closed in 2006, the choristers have been educated at Dean Close Preparatory School in Cheltenham. Ever since, the sixteen boy choristers and the lay clerks have continued their daily offering of worship in the peaceful surroundings of the Abbey.

In recent years the Scholas Cantorum has appeared on a number of highly-regarded recordings.

Each year, Dean Close School commissions a Christmas Carol for Schola Cantorum and the Chapel Choir at the senior school. On this recording, three of these works are presented. Bob Chilcott’s atmospheric setting of The night he was born was commissioned back in 2006, and is a setting of words by Helen Dunmore. Philip Moore’s reserved Into a quiet world was written in 2012, and Thomas Hewitt Jones’ jaunty setting of original words by Paul Williamson, Verbum caro factum est, was completed for 2013’s Christmas services. These last two pieces are recorded here for the first time.

Simon Bell was appointed as Director of the Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum in 2012. He was previously at Winchester Cathedral, where he held the position of Assistant Director of Music.

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