Wilby: The Flower

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Sure on this shining night, Op. 13 No. 3

Bennett, R R:

A Song at Evening


Somewhere (from West Side Story)


O Salutaris Hostia


Ave Maria

Hadley, P:

I sing of a maiden


Ex ore innocentium (It is a Thing Most Wonderful)

Jackson, Gabriel:

The Land Of Spices

Lowry, R:

At The River


How Can I Keep From Singing

arr John SCOTT


Dutch Carol

Wedding Introit


Vater Unser


Fairest Isle (from King Arthur)

Nymphs and Shepherds, Z600


Music, when soft voices die, Op. 25 No. 5 (Shelley)

Love's Philosophy, Op. 3 No. 1 (Shelley)




The Lord's Prayer

arr. Barry ROSE


The Skye Boat Song


Vaughan Williams:

I Will Give My Love An Apple

Linden Lea

Dirge for Fidele


The Flower

Laurence Kilsby (treble), Helen Porter (piano), Carleton Etherington (organ)

The trebles of Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum, Benjamin Nicholas (director)


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This ‘songbook’ is unique to the Schola Cantorum choristers of Tewkesbury Abbey. “Essentially, it’s a showcase for the Abbey trebles,” their Director of Music Benjamin Nicholas explains. “We’ve been assembling our own 'Songbook' for quite a while now – the songs the trebles sing, from time to time, in boys-only concerts, and which they are taught in individual singing lessons. I’ve always been keen to build each boy up as a soloist, not necessarily with the express idea of them singing lots of solos, but so that they can learn to sing in a soloistic way.”

This is evident most of all in the distinctive singing of 11-year-old Laurence Kilsby, whose gifts won him the BBC Chorister of the Year competition in 2009. On this recording, he features as soloist in two Shelley settings by Roger Quilter, the Bach/Gounod Ave Maria and in John Ireland’s beautiful, sincerely-felt Passiontide motet Ex Ore Innocentium from 1944.

Roger Quilter: Music, When Soft Voices Die

Music, When Soft Voices Die

Arvo Pärt: Vater Unser

Vater Unser

Henry Purcell: Fairest Isle (Address to Britain)

Fairest Isle (Address to Britain)

Roger Quilter: Love's Philosophy

Love's Philosophy

Gabriel Jackson: The Land of Spices

The Land of Spices

Howard Skempton: Whispers


Léo Delibes: O Salutaris Hostia

O Salutaris Hostia

John Ireland: Ex Ore Innocentium

Ex Ore Innocentium

Philip Wilby: The Flower

The Flower

Richard Rodney Bennett: A Song At Evening

A Song At Evening

Johann Sebastian Bach, Charles Gounod: Ave Maria

Ave Maria

Henry Purcell: Nymphs And Shepherds

Nymphs And Shepherds

James MacMillan: Dutch Carol

Dutch Carol

Traditional: I Will Give My Love An Apple

I Will Give My Love An Apple

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Linden Lea

Linden Lea

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Dirge for Fidele

Dirge for Fidele

Leonard Bernstein: Somewhere


Samuel Barber: Sure On This Shining Night

Sure On This Shining Night

Robert Lowry: At The River

At The River

John Tavener: The Lord's Prayer

The Lord's Prayer

James MacMillan: Wedding Introit

Wedding Introit

Patrick Hadley: I Sing Of A Maiden

I Sing Of A Maiden

Traditional: Skye Boat Song

Skye Boat Song

Robert Lowry: How Can I Keep From Singing?

How Can I Keep From Singing?

Gramophone Magazine

Awards Issue 2011

“Throughout, the trebles of the Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum give excellent performances of impressive consistency under the leadership of their director, Benjamin Nicholas. They have an uninhibited, fresh sound, coupled with the skill to sustain lengthy phrases with even tone...[Kilsby] displays tremendous maturity both in vocal timbre and in his musicianship...I can foresee a glittering future for him.”

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