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Judith Bingham (b.1952)

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Awake my soul

Awake my soul


Bingham, J:

Missa Brevis: Awake My Soul

first recording

The Shepherd

first recording

Bussey:

Done is a battle

first recording

Byrd:

Miserere mei

Chilcott:

Be thou my vision

Dove:

Seek him that maketh the seven stars

Farrant, R:

Hide not thou thy face

Leighton:

An Easter Sequence: The Lord is my shepherd

Morgan, H:

The Quality of Pity

Parry:

I was glad

Blest Pair of Sirens

arr Craig Sellar Lang

Tallis:

Salvator mundi

Terry, D:

O little one sweet

first recording

Vaughan Williams:

Five Mystical Songs: Antiphon


Jonathan Hope & Peter Wright (organ)

The Girl Choristers and Lay-Clerks of Southwark Cathedral Choir, Stephen Disley

The first recording featuring the Southwark Cathedral Girl choristers, with the Lay-clerks.

A wide-ranging survey of English choral music from the 16th to 21st centuries.

Includes first recordings of works by Judith Bingham, Martin Bussey, David Terry, and Huw Morgan.

Begins and ends with two major choral works by Parry – I was glad and Blest pair of Sirens - both works featured in the 2011 Royal wedding of Prince William and Katherine Middleton.

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A Year at Manchester

A Year at Manchester


Ashfield:

The Fair Chivalry

All Saints

Bingham, J:

Corpus Christi Carol

Corpus Christi

Brahms:

Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (from Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45)

Dedication

Byrd:

Haec dies a 6 (Cantiones Sacrae 1591)

Easter

Crotch:

Lo! Star-Led Chiefs

Epiphany

Harris, W:

Strengthen ye the weak hands

St Luke

Joao IV:

Crux fidelis

Good Friday

Joubert:

O Lorde, the maker of al thing

Lent

Makinson:

The Spirit of the Lord

Advent

Manning:

Salve Regina

BVM

Mathias:

Festival Te Deum, Op. 28 'We praise thee, O God'

Christ the King

Mendelssohn:

I Waited for the Lord

Advent

Stokes, C:

Breathe on me, breath of God

Lent

How awesome is this place

Dedication

Tallis:

In ieiunio et fletu

Lent

trad.:

I saw three ships

arr Simon Preston. Advent

Vaughan Williams:

O Clap Your Hands (Psalm 47)

Ascension


Jeffrey Makinson (organ, piano) & Murray McLachlan (piano)

The Choir of Manchester Cathedral, Christopher Stokes

The Diocese of Manchester was established in 1847, and since then Manchester Cathedral has stood as something of an oasis in the ancient heart of a bustling modern city.

This recording, the seventh in Regent’s ‘A Year at’ series, and the first from Manchester Cathedral Choir on the Regent label, documents some of the music performed during the year at the Cathedral, and covers the church’s year from its beginning in Advent to the Feast of Christ the King at the end of November. The wide-ranging and unusual programme covers music from the 16th to 21st centuries, and includes four first recordings of works written by the Cathedral’s Director of Music, Christopher Stokes; Assistant Organist, Jeffrey Makinson; and renowned local Manchester composer, Sasha Johnson Manning. Manchester Cathedral Choir is unusual in being one of only two in the UK that has a treble line made up of both boys and girls aged between 8 and 14. The choristers are all educated at the famous Chethams Music School, which is next door to the Cathedral.

The choir’s previous recordings on the Herald, Lammas, and Naxos labels have all received outstanding reviews.

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Bingham - Choral Music

Bingham - Choral Music


Bingham, J:

Salt in the Blood (1995)

The Darkness Is No Darkness

First Light (2001)

The Snows Descend (1997)

The Secret Garden (2004)

Wesley, S S:

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace


“Judith Bingham is a composer with a special gift for vocal setting and a wealth of experience in what can be sung: for 13 years she was a permanent member of the BBC Symphony Chorus and BBC Singers (for whom she is Associate Composer).
All five works on this new disc reveal a distinctive voice writing in a recognisably modern idiom which combines clarity of thought and complexity of vision. Bingham's music draws audiences in, without alienating them or com- promising her expressive integrity. Salt in theBlood (1995) is a prime example, a large musical – at times theatrical – tapestry of British seasong, weaving in existing shanties and invented hornpipes to retell the tale of two sailors' rivalry as to who was the better dancer. Bingham thinks convincingly in long spans, as her 2004 Prom commission The Secret Garden confirms (given here in a live performance). FirstLight (2001) and the brief The Darkness is noDarkness (1993) engage with the English choral tradition to an unusual degree, the latter – a reinterpretation of a Wesley hymn – in particular.
The performances all round are first rate and the recorded sound is excellent, which is no less than Bingham deserves. The BBC Symphony Chorus sing with gusto and Fine Arts Brass relish some fine brass writing, not least in TheSnow Descends (1997), an atmospheric paraphrase for brass of one of Bingham's choral works. Recommended.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Judith Bingham is that seemingly rare thing in contemporary music. A composer whose music has the ability to connect and communicate with its audience on an immediate and direct level.” MusicWeb International

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - April 2007

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Bingham - Remoter Worlds

Bingham - Remoter Worlds


Bingham, J:

Gleams of a Remoter World

The Shepheardes Calender

Water Lilies

Irish Tenebrae

Unpredictable but Providential

Beneath these Alien Stars

Ghost Towns of the American West


The BBC Singers, David Hill (chief conductor)

Judith Bingham's compositions stand out it in the world of contemporary music, and have been said to "connect and communicate with audiences on an immediate and direct level". Her vocal and choral music has attracted attention from many sources, notably leading to requests from the King's Singers, Peter Pears and the Songmakers' Almanac. On this disc there is a close connection between performers and composer; as well as being associate composer for the BBC Singers, she is also a former member of the group, and as such has an unmatched understanding of the subtleties and nuances of composing for such a versatile ensemble. This collection of choral music draws on a wealth of literary and visual sources, ranging from the pastoral introspections of Yeats and W. H.Auden, to forgotten ghost towns of Ohio in the American West. A previous disc of Judith's choral works [with the BBC Symphony Chorus] was awarded Gramophone Editor's Choice.

“…throughout, the BBC Singers do their erstwhile colleague proud, David Hill securing performances as flexible and multi contoured as they are expressive and spatially-aware. The recorded sound is warm and natural, just like the music itself.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2009 ****

“Judith Bingham's discography is slowly catching up with her increasingly impressive body of work. Unsurprisingly, the releases to date have concentrated on her choral music and it is heartening to see the BBC Singers – with whom she sang as a permanent member for 12 years and has been Associate Composer for the past four – perform a whole disc's worth of repertoire mostly unavailable otherwise.
The Shepheardes Calender, a triptych written in 2006 for the St Louis Chamber Choir receives a polished and refined account, with great bite and drive. There is an expressive resonance to the central setting of Psalm 23 (in a variant textual version) and the opening 'Winter' is icy as befits the words. Unpredictable but Providential (1992, rev 2007) is a delightful skit on Elizabethan word-setting and Beneath these Alien Stars (2001), like the larger Ghost Towns of the AmericanWest (2005), sets poems by the Mormon poet Vesta Pearce Crawford.
The major item is Irish Tenebrae (1990, rev 1992 and 2007), a remarkable cantata in seven sections for solo and choral voices, violin, organ and percussion. Inspired by the composer's part-Irish origins, the Troubles and a love of Irish folksong, the work is a tremendous achievement, Britten-like in its range and variety – and expressive acuity – yet distinctly Binghamian in its sound (though quite unlike its couplings). The performances by all concerned are superb, from the opening Gleams of a RemoterWorld (1997) and Water Lilies (1999) to the larger pieces. Strongly recommended.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Judith Bingham's discography is slowly catching up with her increasingly impressive body of work. The major item is Irish Tenebrae (1990, rev 1992 and 2007), a remarkable cantata in seven sections for solo and choral voices, violin, organ and percussion. Inspired by the composer's part-Irish origins, the Troubles and a love of Irish folksong, the work is a tremendous achievement, Britten-like in its range and variety... The performances by all concerned are superb, from the opening Gleams of a Remoter World (1997) and Water Lilies (1999) to the larger pieces. Strongly recommended.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2009

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Bright Future

Bright Future


Bingham, J:

The Mystery of Boranup

Butler, M:

Spring Rounds

Copley:

Miniature Overture

Cutler, J:

Jiggadybox

Finnissy:

Bright Future Ignoring Dark Past

Fitkin, G:

MacGuffin

Gorb:

Bittersweet

Hiscocks:

Vibrancy

Hughes, E D:

Secret Sky

LeFanu:

Miniature

Canon

McDowall:

A Draught of Fishes

Phibbs:

Trio Semplice

Poole, G:

Look Behind You

Sawer:

Riddle

Sculthorpe:

From the River

Steinhardt:

Piano Quartet

Stott:

Serendipity and Household Objects


Following on from 'a white room', Bright Future features more works from Chamber Music 2000 project

“Committed playing throughout by the Schubert Ensemble… those who've already acquired the earlier volume need not hesitate: an ideal starting-point to experience the rewards of Chamber Music 2000” Gramophone Magazine

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Down By The Sea

Down By The Sea

A Collection of British Folk Songs


Andrew:

All Things Are Quite Silent

Bairstow:

The Oak and the Ash

Bingham, J:

The Orphan Girl

Burke, P:

Fare Thee Well

Byrt:

Among the Leaves So Green O

Campbell, H:

Blow the Wind Southerly

Campkin:

A Lover and his Lass

Duggan, J:

Over the Moon

Grainger:

Mo Nighean Dubh (My dark-haired maiden)

Holst:

Awake Awake

MacMillan:

Lassie Wad Ye Loe Me

Moeran:

The Sailor and Young Nancy

Turnbull, S M:

Skye

Vaughan Williams:

The Dark-Eyed Sailor

Warlock:

Yarmouth Fair


Blossom Street, Hilary Campbell

Following its award-winning Christmas album, Sleep, Holy Babe (Naxos 8572868), Blossom Street explores a wide-ranging sequence of British folk song settings for choir, with a particular focus on the nautical. The repertoire embraces pioneers in the rediscovery and arrangement of folk songs such as Vaughan Williams, Grainger and Warlock, adds little-known gems by Holst and Bairstow, and also introduces vibrant new additions to the repertoire from contemporary composers, including James MacMillan and Judith Bingham and the conductor herself.

Sleep, Holy Babe (8572868), Blossom Street’s last album with Naxos, was selected as one of ClassicFM’s Christmas CDs of the Year.

“It is some indication of the quality of the 23 singers in Blossom Street that all the solos are outstanding, pure and true...It adds to the value of the disc that full texts are provided, and the recording is excellent, vivid and immediate with a nice feeling of atmosphere.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013

“The singing of Blossom Street gives much pleasure. The choir numbers 23 (6/5/6/6) and the sound is consistently fresh and well-balanced...It makes for enjoyable listening.” MusicWeb International, 17th October 2013

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Into This World, This Day Did Come

Into This World, This Day Did Come

Carols Contemporary & Medieval


 

Edi beo thu

13th-c. English

Salvator mundi

16th-c. anon.

Verbum Patris umanatur

12th-c. English

Nowell sing we

15th-c. anon.

Bingham, J:

Annunciation for organ

God would be born

Incarnation with shepherds dancing for organ

Burrell, D:

Creator of the Stars of Night

Christo paremus cantica

Causton:

Cradle Song

Dunstaple:

Quam pulchra es

Holloway, R:

Christmas Carol

Jackson, Gabriel:

Salus aeterna

Nowell sing we

MacRae:

Adam lay y-bounden

Pott:

That yongë child

Redford:

Tui sunt caeli

Skempton:

Into this world, this day did come

To Bethlem did they go

Sweeney, W:

The Innumerable Christ


A significant Christmas release: Geoffrey Webber has put together a fantastic programme which Delphian had fun recording in the glorious acoustics of St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast. Fresh from their 2009 Gramophone Editor's Choice,Webber's choir has put together an intriguing programme in which medieval works illuminate contemporary settings by some of the UK's finest living composers. From the plangent innocence of Sweeney's The Innumerable Christ to the shining antiphony of Burrell's Creator of the Stars of Night, this selection will seduce. Caius, as we've come to expect, combine polish with verve, Webber's meticulous attention to detail floodlit by the bathing acoustics of St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast.

“There are many highlights but Williams Sweeney's Scots dialect setting 'The Innumerable Christ' stands out for its daring other-worldliness, as do Stuart MacRae's bold re-imagining of 'Adam lay y-bounden'… and the lilting soprano duet 'Edi beo thu'…” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2009 ****

“Geoffrey Webber's approach to seasonal repertoire with the Gonville & Caius College Choir favours an austere, classical beauty to illuminate the connections between older medieval carols and new material...It's the modern pieces, by such as Howard Skempton, Judith Bingham and Diana Burrell, which shine.” The Independent, 11th December 2009 ****

“This collection is the perfect stocking-filler for those weary of traditional repertoire.” Sunday Times, 20th December 2009 ***

Presto Disc of the Week

30th November 2009

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Journey Into Light

Journey Into Light

Music for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany and Candlemas


Bingham, J:

Epiphany

Britten:

A Hymn to the Virgin

Burgon:

Nunc dimittis

Chilcott:

Shepherd's Carol

Cook, John:

Paean on Divinum Mysterium

Darke:

In the Bleak Midwinter

Gardner, John:

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day

Hadley, P:

I sing of a maiden

Head, M:

The Little Road to Bethlehem

Howells:

Here is the Little Door

Joubert:

There Is No Rose

Kirkpatrick:

Away in a Manger

Mathias:

Sir Christèmas

McKie:

We wait for thy loving kindness O God

Muhly:

Bright star carol

Poston:

Jesus Christ the Apple Tree

Rutter:

Hymn to the Creator of Light

Tavener:

The Lamb

trad.:

I saw three ships

Arr. Simon Preston

Warlock:

Bethlehem Down

Weir:

Advent Prose


A new festive release from the Choir of Jesus College Cambridge under their director Mark Williams – with additional performances from organists Robert Dixon and Timothy Lambourn, and trumpeter Rebecca Crawshaw. The programme is drawn from pieces for the festivals of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany and Candlemas: "Of the annual Christian seasons, it is surely that from Advent to Epiphany which inspires believer and non-believer alike the most: the believer celebrates Christ’s birth whilst the non-believer considers hopes for rebirth and renewal as a New Year approaches … If aspirations surrounding the arrival of a new born child are universal, the Christmas music chosen here reflects the season’s inspiration through quite recent compositions, alongside music from the early part of the 20th century." Mark Williams

“Another Oxbridge college, another fine mixed-voice choir, another gorgeously captured chapel acoustic (Mike Hatch engineering) - this selection of favourite pieces by mainly British composers makes a pleasingly intimate impression.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2012 ****

“the choral singing is superb...I really enjoyed this record and looked forward to playing it often. The excellence of the singing coupled with the aptness of the selection make this collection special.” MusicWeb International, November 2012

“a disc of mainstream Christmas music...which showcases the combined forces of the college's chapel choir, with its top line of boys, and the mixed-voice college choir. It's a performance of full, rich sounds from a group who are among the unsung heroes of a collegiate choir circuit currently dominated by the larger colleges.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2012

“This is an attractive and very well-planned disc of music from Advent to Epiphany … The sound is unobtrusively excellent and the booklet includes complete sung texts. If the programme appeals (as it certainly does me), then my advice is to let yourself be tempted” International Record Review, December 2012

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Judith Bingham: Choral Music

Judith Bingham: Choral Music


Bingham, J:

Wells Service

first recording

Harvest

first recording

Missa Brevis: Awake My Soul

The Shepherd

Ave verum corpus

Jesum quaeritis Nazarenum

first recording

Finn Lacey (treble)

Corpus Christi Carol

Christmas Past, Christmas Present

solo organ. First recording

Epiphany

Edington Service

first recording

God be in my head

first recording

Our faith is a light

first recording


‘A one-time member of the BBC Singers, Bingham possesses the enviable gift of writing music of uncompromising integrity, resourcefulness and questing spirit that both consistently ignites the imagination and engages directly with the listener’ (Gramophone)

Under the inspirational direction of Matthew Owens, Wells Cathedral Choir has made a speciality of the performance of contemporary sacred music, and has commissioned works from many composers including Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, James MacMillan and Judith Bingham herself. This album features first recordings of a number of Bingham’s sacred choral works. The living relationship between the composer and the musicians is clear from the vivid, committed performances given by the children and gentlemen of the choir.

Also included is an extensive work for solo organ, Christmas Past.

“The whole setting memorably commingles an anxious, questing quality with glimpses of certitude and placidity, a balance sensitively struck in this assured Wells Cathedral performance.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2013 ****

“There is some highly original music here but one thing - of many - that I like about it is that the originality isn’t originality for its own sake and doesn’t leave the listener behind... It receives splendid advocacy from these Wells musicians. The choir sing this demanding music with great skill and assurance while Jonathan Vaughn is on top form at the organ console.” MusicWeb International, 24th September 2013

“There's a frankness to the Wells choral sound that suits music that has nothing previous or twee about it. It creates an underlying muscularity...The use of a cathedral choir of men and boys...rather than a chamber choir helps anchor this music in the Anglican cathedral tradition” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013

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Editor's Choice - Awards Issue 2013

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Judith Bingham: Organ Music

Judith Bingham: Organ Music


Bingham, J:

Jacob’s Ladder – Parable for organ and strings

World Premiere Recording

St Bride, assisted by angels

Missa Brevis: Prelude and Voluntary

Annunciation for organ

Hope

World Premiere Recording

Into the wilderness

World Premiere Recording

The Gift

World Premiere Recording

Vol de nuit (arranged from The Secret Garden)

World Premiere Recording

Gothick

World Premiere Recording

Incarnation with shepherds dancing for organ

Ancient Sunlight (Prelude, Aria and Toccata for organ)


Tom Winpenny (Organ of St Albans Cathedral)

The Dmitri Ensemble, Graham Ross

Organ music holds a special affection for leading UK composer Judith Bingham, and the repertoire on this second Naxos recording reflects a cross-section of her themes and work both recently composed and newly arranged.

Experienced broadcast performer Tom Winpenny is joined by the acclaimed group, The Dmitri Ensemble, for the atmospheric concerto Jacob’s Ladder, while the rebuilt St Albans Cathedral Organ is an ideal instrument for works such as the improvisatory Annunciation I and radiantly charming Hope, recorded, as was all the music on this album, in the composer’s presence.

“Tom Winpenny opens an illuminating window on Bingham's richly-coloured, programmatically-driven engagement with the 'king of instruments'...Winpenny knows the St Albans instrument like the back of his hand, coaxing an array of voluptuous and apposite sounds. But he's also alert to the fluidity of her narratives, and, when called upon to do so, serves up virtuoso flair with incorrigible panache.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2011 ****

“The organ-writing may not be entirely idiomatic but the string scoring is highly accomplished, and there is a real sense of commitment behind Graham Ross's sharply focused direction...Tom Winpenny brings assurance with some adept handling of Bingham's complex organ-writing...his advocacy of this music will do much to consolidate Bingham's reputation as a distinctive and assured writer for the instrument.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2011

“Bingham has injected new life into the repertory of an instrument that has been perhaps unjustly neglected by contemporary composers...The organ of St Albans Cathedral, newly restored, sounds splendid, and it has been realistically captured by Naxos.” International Record Review, September 2011

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