“The Cathedral Choir’s new CD is a response to the hundreds of requests for a recording of Evensong” comments Dr David Flood, the Cathedral’s Organist who directed the choir.
This recording captures the choir in fine form and includes some outstanding music from its wide repertoire, linked with readings chosen by the Dean of Canterbury, the Very Revd Dr Robert Willis. It includes a wonderful recording of Rejoice in the Lamb by Benjamin Britten, the Magnificat by Giles Swayne, the Nunc dimittis by Gustav Holst, and the anthem written for the Jubilee of HM The Queen in 2012 by Will Todd, Call of Wisdom. With some fine organ voluntaries from David Newsholme, this is a disc not to be missed.
Dr David Flood, Organist and Master of the Choristers
Evensong is the form of evening prayer used by the Church of England written by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and used since the 16th century. It incorporates elements from two Benedictine services, Vespers and Compline, that used to be sung every day by the monks in Canterbury Cathedral before the Reformation. Cranmer took some of the words that were used in both these services and made today’s form of Evening Prayer (Evensong).
The new recording ‘Evensong’ features the full vocal range of the Choir. Directed by Dr David Flood, Master of Choristers and Organist at Canterbury Cathedral, the organ is played by David Newsholme, Assistant Organist at the Cathedral.
Evensong is sung or said every day at the Cathedral; this recording is a sample of that tradition. The programme is designed to show a great variety of music: the repertoire of the choir is wide and the recording contains music from many eras.
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‘New Canterbury Choir recording captures tradition’ Kent News (11/12/2014)
‘Canterbury Choir releases new CD’ Canterbury Times (11/12/2014)