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Robert Chilcott (b.1955)

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Chilcott: St John Passion

Chilcott: St John Passion


Laurie Ashworth (soprano), Ed Lyon (Evangelist), Darren Jeffery (bass-baritone), Neal Davies (Christ) & Jonathan Vaughn (organ)

Wells Cathedral Choir & Chaconne Brass, Matthew Owens

Chilcott’s mighty setting of words from St John’s Gospel is a dramatic yet optimistic retelling of the Passiontide story. The work combines 13th and 17th century English poetry with the King James Bible text settings and, as with Bach’s great Passion settings, the role of the Evangelist is taken by the tenor soloist, who provides a melodious narrative throughout.

Including 5 well-known hymn texts set to new, original melodies, the work further confirms Chilcott’s status as one of the world’s most popular active choral composers.

“[an] authoritative performance, with uniformly excellent soloists and the sensitive organ playing of Jonathan Vaughn.” Choir & Organ, March/April 2015

“I’m sure Bob Chilcott will have been thrilled to find the first recording of this score done with such evident commitment and skill from all concerned.” MusicWeb International, 9th March 2015

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A Christmas Caroll from Westminster Abbey

A Christmas Caroll from Westminster Abbey


Chilcott:

Shepherd's Carol

Dove:

The three Kings

Gruber, F:

Silent Night

Arranged by Christopher Bowers-Broadbent

Head, M:

The Little Road to Bethlehem

Lavino:

Nativity

Leighton:

A Christmas Carol, Op. 21

Mathias:

Ave Rex, Op. 45

Pearsall:

In dulci jubilo

Poulenc:

Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël

Rutter:

Dormi, Jesu

trad.:

Joys Seven

Arranged by Stephen Cleobury

I saw three ships

Arranged by James O’Donnell

Walton:

All this time


The first of this month’s ‘double bill’ from Westminster presents a delightful and unusual selection of music for Christmas from the Abbey Choir. It encompasses all the diverse themes of Christmas which have inspired composers across the ages: light shining in darkness; the tenderness of mother and child; the fulfilment of promise; and the warm merriment of corporate celebration.

An excellent selection of contemporary carols features the composers Jonathan Dove and Bob Chilcott among others. The richness of twentieth-century church music is illustrated in works by Poulenc, Walton, Mathias and Leighton, and by the heartbreakingly lovely piece The little road to Bethlehem by Michael Head. Skilful arrangements of the traditional carols Silent night, In dulci jubilo and I saw three ships, complete this attractive seasonal release.

“An ambitious and superbly sung programme, sympathetically framed within the choir's spaciously atmospheric home acoustic.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2008 *****

“The Christmas Eve carol service at Westminster Abbey is one of the most warming events in the festive calendar, and this CD captures the atmosphere beautifully … The singing is a constant delight” The Telegraph

Presto Disc of the Week

8th December 2008

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All bells in paradise

All bells in paradise

Carols from Guildford Cathedral


 

Ding dong! Merrily on high

arr Stuart Nicholson

Byrd:

Rorate caeli

Causton:

Cradle Song

Chilcott:

Les anges dans nos campagnes

Goldschmidt, O:

A tender shoot has started

Gruber, F:

Silent Night

arr Andrew Millington

Mendelssohn:

Hark! the herald angels sing

arr. Willcocks

Moore, P:

Baby born today

Southern US traditional

Lo! that is a marvellous change

Owens, M:

The holly and the ivy

Read, M:

That yongë child

Rutter:

All bells in paradise

Candlelight carol

Todd:

Christus est stella

Warlock:

Bethlehem Down

Willan:

What is this lovely fragrance?

Old French

Willcocks, D:

O come, O come, Emmanuel!

French processional

God rest you merry, gentlemen

English traditional

O come, all ye faithful


Paul Provost (organ)

Choir of Guildford Cathedral, Katherine Dienes-Williams

An exciting collection of seasonal music for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany from the boys and men of Guildford Cathedral Choir, directed by Katherine Dienes-Williams.

Includes some favourite Christmas hymns, together with recent carols from Matthew Owens, John Rutter, Will Todd, and Bod Chilcott. New carols from Richard Causton, Martin Read, and Philip Moore receive their first recording on this disc.

Since its inception in 1961 under Barry Rose, and under its successive directors Philip Moore, Andrew Millington and Stephen Farr, the Choir of Guildford Cathedral has won an international reputation for its singing. Katherine Dienes-Williams took over the reins and became the first female Organist and Master of the Choristers in an English Anglican Cathedral in January 2008.

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American Declarations

American Declarations


Buck, D:

Hymn to Music

Chilcott:

MLK (after U2)

Dunphy:

What do you think I fought for at Omaha Beach?

Harris, Roy:

Symphony for Voices

Helvey:

Teasdale Madrigals: Sunset - St Louis

Kay, U:

A Lincoln Letter

Lekberg:

Lament

Paulus:

Stabat Mater

Riegger:

Evil shall not prevail, Op. 48

Rozsa:

The Lord is my shepherd, Op. 34

Schuman:

Declaration Chorale

trad.:

There is a Balm in Gilead

arr. William Dawson


Saint Louis Chamber Chorus, Philip Barnes

A major survey of American a cappela choral works, sung by the outstanding Saint Louis Chamber Chorus, including many works receiving their first recording, and covering different traditions of American chamber choirs, from the art song to the spiritual, and from a modern madrigal to a choral symphony.

With music from the late 19th to 21st centuries, this disc contains a wide range of American choral compositions, including Roy Harris’ virtuoso Symphony for Voices in three movements, William Schuman’s Declaration Chorale – written for the United Nations in 1971 – and Melissa Dunphy’s immensely powerful What do you think I fought for at Omaha Beach?.

Stephen Paulus is one of the foremost names in American music today, and his ecstatic Stabat Mater for 16-part double choir, was commissioned by the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus in 2009.

Under the directorship of Philip Barnes, the choir’s British-born conductor since 1989, the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus has become known as one of the finest chamber choirs in the US, with an enviable reputation for championing both neglected and newly-written repertoire. The choir has commissioned new works from numerous contemporary composers of many nationalities, including British composers Judith Bingham, Sasha Johnson Manning, David Bednall, Francis Pott and Bob Chilcott.

This is their fourth recording for Regent Records.

“A fascinating anthology tracing the development of a distinctive voice in American choral music. Half the items are first recordings, and the performances are consistently outstanding.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2014 *****

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Angels Rejoice!

Angels Rejoice!


 

Lo! He comes with clouds descending

O come all ye faithful

Bach, J S:

Chorale Prelude BWV729 'In dulci jubilo'

(organ solo)

Brahms:

Chorale Prelude Op. 122 No. 8 'Es ist ein Ros entsprungen'

(organ solo)

Chilcott:

Nova! Nova!

Cochereau:

Sortie sur Adeste Fideles

(organ solo)

Edwards, P:

No small wonder

Gibbons, O:

See, see, the word is incarnate

Hadley, P:

I sing of a maiden

Halley:

Verbum caro

Head, M:

The Little Road to Bethlehem

Lasso:

Angelus ad pastores

Lauridsen:

O magnum mysterium

Parry:

Never weather-beaten sail (No. 3 from Songs of Farewell)

Parsons, R:

Ave Maria

Stanford:

Out of the deep (A Song of Hope)

Tavener:

Magnificat

Vann:

Eastern monarchs

Warlock:

Adam lay ybounden


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A Spotless Rose

A Spotless Rose

Advent to Epiphany at St Mary’s, Warwick


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anon.:

Adeste fideles

Archer, M:

Brightest and Best

Chilcott:

Nova! Nova!

Dienes:

Nativity

Edwards, P:

No small wonder

Gardner, John:

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day

Gauntlett:

Once in Royal David's city

Howells:

A Spotless Rose

Kirkpatrick:

Away in a Manger

Lauridsen:

O magnum mysterium

Madden, R:

Child of Christmas Story

Manz:

E'en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come

Mendelssohn:

Hark! the herald angels sing

Rutter:

Candlelight carol

Tavener:

The Lamb

God is With Us (A Christmas Proclamation)

trad.:

Ding dong! merrily on high

Little Jesus, sweetly sleep ('Rocking')

Warlock:

Bethlehem Down


Choir of St Mary’s Warwick, Katherine Dienes

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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 Tewkesbury

A Year at Tewkesbury


Bairstow:

Sing ye to the Lord

I sat down under his shadow

Bednall:

Alleluya, a new work is come on hand

Bruckner:

Tota pulchra es, antiphon, WAB 46

Chilcott:

There is no rose

Elgar:

Give unto the Lord (Psalm XXIX), Op. 74

Forbes, S:

Gracious Spirit

Ives, G:

Ubi caritas

Leighton:

O leave your sheep

Martin, M:

I Sing of a Maiden

Laudate Dominum

Stanford:

Benedictus in C

Steel:

People look east

Tallis:

In ieiunio et fletu

Tavener:

Funeral Ikos

Walton:

Antiphon

Weelkes:

Alleluia, I heard a voice

Wood, C:

Nunc Dimittis in B flat


Carleton Etherington & Edward Turner (organ)

Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum, Simon Bell

In the eighth release in Regent's “A Year at” series we visit the Abbey Church in Tewkesbury, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin. Appropriately, the programme includes music for the major Marian feasts, as well as other main feasts of the church’s year.

Additionally, the choir commissions a new work annually and three recent works, from David Bednall, Grayston Ives, and Matthew Martin, are included here. Two are receiving their first recording.

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 Schola Cantorum has appeared on a number of highly-regarded recordings.

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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Bob Chilcott: All Good Things

Bob Chilcott: All Good Things


Chilcott:

Nidaros Jazz Mass

Jazz Songs of Innocence

Ophelia, Caliban and Miranda

Weather Report

Marriage to my Lady Poverty

Scarborough Fair

The House of the Rising Sun

The Real of Heart

Thou, My Love, Art Fair


Alexander Hawkins (piano), Bob Chilcott (piano) Sue Greenway (saxophone), Raphael Mizraki (double bass), Jon Scott (drums)

Commotio, Matthew Berry

Read our exclusive interview with Bob Chilcott about the recording here.

Bob Chilcott is one of Britain’s most popular and respected composers and his choral music is performed worldwide. He has always embraced a broad stylistic palette and his writing for voice combined with jazz instrumentation gives these works a sense of vitality and energy. Performed by leading jazz soloists and Commotio, the distinguished promoters of contemporary repertoire, this sequence of brilliant villanelles, folk song arrangements and witty settings reveals once again the breadth of Chilcott’s musical imagination. Chilcott has enjoyed a lifelong association with choral music, as a composer, conductor, and singer. He was a chorister and choral scholar in the choir of King’s College, Cambridge and for twelve years was a member of the vocal group The King’s Singers. In 1997 he became a full time composer. A Little Jazz Mass, Requiem, and St. John Passion are among a number of works from his prolific output which are performed worldwide. He has written large-scale works, including The Angry Planet, community-based projects, pieces for children, and a significant amount of music for the church. In 2017 Chilcott was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of The Royal School of Church Music.

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Bob Chilcott: Everyone Sang

Bob Chilcott: Everyone Sang


Chilcott:

A Little Jazz Mass

Will Todd Trio

I Share Creation

Aesop’s Fables

Gemma Beeson (piano)

The Isle is Full of Noises

The Lily and the Rose

Gemma Beeson (piano)

You and Me

Our Father

The Bread of Life

Mid-winter

Gemma Beeson (piano)

For him all stars have shone

Gemma Beeson (piano)

The Rose in the Middle of Winter


Wellensian Consort, Christopher Finch

Described by The Observer as “a contemporary hero of British Choral Music”, Bob Chilcott is one of today’s most widely performed composers of choral music. This programme includes première recordings of favourites such as A Little Jazz Mass, songs and carols on a variety of texts, and the wit, wisdom and drama of Aesop’s Fables in which Chilcott makes musical references to Brahms and Schubert. Winner of the coveted BBC Choir of the Year award in 2010, the Wellensian Consort is one of the United Kingdom’s leading chamber choirs.

Bob Chilcott’s music has previously been included in the Naxos albums “A Winter’s Light” (8573030) and the children’s choral selection “Pigs Could Fly” (8572113) described as “first- rate, especially Bob Chilcott’s ‘Lily and the Rose’” by American Record Guide, but these are just the tip of a vast iceberg as far as his superbly crafted output is concerned. This program includes première recordings of some of Chilcott’s most widely performed works, and the performances are in the safe hands of the young and vibrant Wellensian Consort: “This is a hugely accomplished choir, demonstrating technical mastery, smooth musicianship, and wonderful phrasing, producing a warm, fantastic sound throughout the range.” (BBC Music Magazine)

“[Chilcott] seems impossible to ignore, probably because he writes such engaging, rewarding music. You can hear the influence of his years with the King's Singers in this recording: lots of imaginative harmony and sprightly word-painting...sung with warmth, precision and commitment by young alumni from Wells Cathedral school.” The Observer, 21st April 2013

“Chilcott knows what works vocally. You can hear this particularly in A Little Jazz Mass, where he perfectly fits the words of the Latin text to the whippy, upbeat syncopations of the Kyrie and Gloria...All the shorter pieces are immediately attractive, and performed winningly.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2013 ****

“The music is consistently attractive and so is the singing. This is an auspicious debut CD by the Wellensian Consort. I’m certain we shall hear more of Bob Chilcott’s music on disc but I hope very much that it won’t be long before we have another release from this talented choir.” MusicWeb International, 9th September 2013

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