Before the Ending of the Day: Music for Choral Evening Prayer | Rubicon RCD1004

Before the Ending of the Day: Music for Choral Evening Prayer


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Label: Rubicon

Cat No: RCD1004

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 31st March 2017



Over the years the Exon Singers have received considerable recognition for their commitment to commissioning and recording new works from eminent composers. For their 50th anniversary CD on new label Rubicon Classics, they have selected some of their favourites in the form of an extended service but without spoken word. Most of the music was written for the choir’s annual broadcast of Choral Evening Prayer from Buckfast Abbey. Since 1997 Composers-in-Residence have been invited to their summer Festival in Tavistock, on the edge of Dartmoor, and their works are represented here. The choir’s performances include the Oxford Festival of Contemporary Music and the Edinburgh Festival, as well as concerts in St John’s College, Cambridge, Gloucester, Wells, Winchester and Salisbury.

Richard Wilberforce has been Conductor and Artistic Director since 2012, succeeding Matthew Owens, and here writes his first works for the Exons: a set of opening responses and a new Festival Hymn.

“a wonderfully nuanced performance from the Exon Singers” - Gramophone, Critics’ Choice of the Year

“The Exons are at their most exciting in exalted mode – the Sanctus from the Missa Brevis is thrilling” - BBC Music Magazine (Howard Skempton - The Cloths of Heaven, Delphian)

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