Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum: Songbook | Delphian DCD34097

Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum: Songbook


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Label: Delphian

Cat No: DCD34097

Barcode: 0801918340970

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 1st August 2011



This ‘songbook’ is unique to the Schola Cantorum choristers of Tewkesbury Abbey. “Essentially, it’s a showcase for the Abbey trebles”, their Director of Music Benjamin Nicholas explains. “We’ve been assembling our own 'Songbook' for quite a while now – the songs the trebles sing, from time to time, in boys-only concerts, and which they are taught in individual singing lessons. I’ve always been keen to build each boy up as a soloist, not necessarily with the express idea of them singing lots of solos, but so that they can learn to sing in a soloistic way.

This is evident most of all in the distinctive singing of 11-year-old Laurence Kilsby, whose gifts won him the BBC Chorister of the Year competition in 2009. On this recording, he features as soloist in two Shelley settings by Roger Quilter, the Bach/Gounod Ave Maria and in John Ireland’s beautiful, sincerely-felt Passiontide motet Ex Ore Innocentium from 1944.

The trebles splendidly vindicate the tradition that places them at the heart of English cathedral music” - Gramophone, April 2009

- QUILTER: Music, When Soft Voices Die, Love’s Philosophy
- PART: Vater Unser
- PURCELL: Fairest Isle (Address To Britain), Nymphs And Shepherds
- Gabriel JACKSON: The Land Of Spices
- SKEMPTON: Whispers
- DELIBES: O Salutaris Hostia
- IRELAND: Ex Ore Innocentium
- WILBY: The Flower
- R R BENNETT: A Song At Evening
- BACH/GOUNOD: Ave Maria
- MACMILLAN: Dutch Carol, Wedding Introit
- VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: I Will Give My Love An Apple, Linden Lea, Dirge For Fidele
- BERNSTEIN: Somewhere
- BARBER: Sure On This Shining Night
- Robert LOWRY arr COPLAND: At The River
- John TAVENER, arr. Barry ROSE: The Lord’s Prayer
- HADLEY: Sing Of A Maiden
- TRAD arr GRAINGER: Skye Boat Song
- LOWRY arr John SCOTT: How Can I Keep From Singing

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