Choir of All Saints, Margaret Street, London, Paul Brough
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Harry Bramma was born in Bradford in 1936 and at an early age began a lifelong enthusiasm for church music. After education at Bradford Grammar School and Pembroke College, Oxford, graduating in theology and music he took his Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists in 1958 winning the Harding prize. After several church appointments he was discovered by Christopher Robinson whilst at Worcester Cathedral and joined him there as assistant in 1963. He spent 12 years in Worcester before coming Director of Music at Southwark Cathedral in 1976 and stayed for 13 years. In 1989 he succeeded Dr Lionel Dakers as Director of the RSCM. He retired to Salisbury in 1998 where he finds time for composing, always with practical liturgy in mind.
His contribution to church music in the U.K. has been very considerable and all those who know Harry will be delighted with this recording.
For those who are not aware of his music will find it most approachable and here it is sung by the superb professional choir of All Saints, Margaret Street. All the music is new to CD and encompasses his complete works for choir.
“All the music on this disc is composed in a conservative idiom and has a restrained, prayerful quality...[Bramma's] intimate knowledge of the liturgy and sacred texts results in expressive word-painting....I'm sure the composer will be delighted with the radiant singing of the choir of All Saints, Margaret Street...The quiet modesty and spirituality of Bramma's music makes for an attractive CD.”
“The music included here was all written between 1982 and 2010. It is, without exception, very well crafted and falls pleasingly on the ear. Bramma clearly has deep experience and understanding of church choirs and their role in the liturgy...This CD is a fine tribute to an influential figure in the recent story of English church music.”