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Vox Clara: Music by Gabriel Jackson


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Vox Clara: Music by Gabriel Jackson

Jackson, Gabriel:

Vox clara ecce intonat

Seven Advent Antiphons

Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen?

That wind blowing and that tide

Holy is the true light

Aria for Joel and Vicki

Cantate Domino

Confirma hoc Deus

Factus est repente

Missa Triueriensis

Luke Bond (organ), Joel Garthwaite (saxophone)

Truro Cathedral Choir, Christopher Gray


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Read David's exclusive interview with Gabriel Jackson about the project here.

One of Britain’s foremost and most celebrated composers, Gabriel Jackson, joins with the critically-acclaimed Choir of Truro Cathedral, under its inspiring director, Christopher Gray, and saxophonist, Joel Garthwaite, to present a collection recent works for choir, saxophone, and organ. Fourteen pieces are receiving first recordings, including the opening work ‘Vox clara ecce intonat’, commissioned by St John’s College, Cambridge, in 2013, and other works written for the choirs of Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral.

Seven new works were specifically written for Christopher Gray and the Truro Cathedral Choir, including That wind blowing and that tide for treble voices, saxophone, and organ, the result of a day’s workshop with Gabriel Jackson and the Cathedral choristers, and incorporating their musical ideas.

The Advent Antiphon setting O Clavis David was commissioned by Merton College, Oxford, in 2012. Christopher Gray subsequently asked Gabriel Jackson to compose settings of the remaining six ‘Great O’ antiphons of Advent for the Truro Cathedral Choir. The complete cycle of seven unaccompanied Antiphons were first performed at The Advent Service in Truro Cathedral in December 2014.

Other new works include a beautiful work for saxophone and organ, dedicated to saxophonist, Joel Garthwaite and his wife Vicky on the occasion of their marriage, and a Chorale Prelude for solo organ, composed for William Whitehead’s Orgelbüchlein Project. The disc also includes several earlier works written for Truro Cathedral Choir: the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis of 2001, and the Missa Triueriensus (‘Truro Mass’) of 2005, and Cantate Domino written for the Truro 125 celebrations in 2013.

Gabriel Jackson was born in Bermuda in 1962. After three years as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral, he went on to study composition with Richard Blackford and with John Lambert at the Royal College of Music.

Particularly acclaimed for his choral works, his liturgical pieces are in the repertoires of most of Britain’s cathedral and collegiate choirs and he is a frequent collaborator with the leading professional groups of the world. His music is regularly performed, recorded and broadcast throughout Europe and the USA.

In 2003 Jackson won the liturgical prize at the inaugural British Composer Awards with O Doctor optime, and won two further prizes in the choral category with The Spacious Firmament in 2009 and Airplane Cantata in 2012. From 2010 to 2013 he was Associate Composer to the BBC Singers, producing a series of substantial pieces for the group.

Sunday Times

“Jackson's work, with its allusions to Orthodox music, to the euphony (but not the prolixity) of Tavener and to Tudor manners, has an irresistible allure. Not a note is superfluous, the formal shaping is always elegant, and it's always written with the performers first in mind. In this selection of sacred pieces, Truro's fine singers engage touchingly with this creative generosity.”

The Observer

14th August 2016


“Jackson involved the choristers of Truro in the writing of a piece they were to sing as part of the cathedral’s first world war commemorations...along with other work for Truro’s exceptionally fine choir, including a stunning set of Advent Antiphons and a wonderfully lithe and sinuous Cantate Domino. Joel Garthwaite and Luke Bond sprinkle stardust over everything they play.”

Hi-Fi News

“What makes Vox Clara so special is that Jackson knows the building and choir intimately...The acoustics of the cathedral enhance the beauty of the instrument as the melodies fade away...and Bond, organist at Truro, is an extraordinary musician.”

Gramophone Magazine

November 2016

“Jackson continues to produce sacred choral music of the highest invention, responding to commissions with vivid panache. His music can – in an instant – switch from richly layered ecstasy to direct, hushed intimacy, for example in the anthem Cantate Domino. It helps, of course, that as a former cathedral chorister he knows what makes singers tick.”

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