Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir released a new CD to coincide with the 3 Choirs Festival for 2011.
“If you want to hear good choral singing then listen to this” – David Mellor’s New CD Show on ClassicFM 22nd October 2011 “Elgar’s Memorial Ode for Queen Alexandra of 1932, practically unknown until its recent revival, emerges under Shellard’s direction as much more than an exercise in nostalgia. Choir, conductor and organist also tease out turbulent emotions from below the elegiac surface of the same composer’s The Spirit of the Lord is upon me.” ClassicFM Magazine, November 2011.
Available in the cathedral shop £10.20 Special online price of £12 including worldwide P&P.
Rise Heart is a selection of the some of the best romantic English choral music some of which have significant connections to Worcester and the surrounding area. The CD includes works by Parry, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, and Stanford.
The Vaughan Williams was particularly chosen for this recording to mark the centenary of the first performance, on 14th September 1911 in Worcester Cathedral, as part of the 3 Choirs Festival.
It was performed by Campbell McInnes, the Three Choirs Chorus, the London Symphony Orchestra, and conducted by the composer.
The three arrangements of ‘O salutaris hostia’ by Elgar were written for St George’s RC Church, Worcester, where he had taken over from his father as organist in 1885. All artwork in the CD booklet is by local artist Craig Letourneau and is specially commissioned for the choir.
We are very sorry to report that Craig passed away of a heart attack on December 2nd, 2011.
|1||Light out of darkness||Edward Elgar|
|2||Memorial Ode for Queen Alexandra||Edawrd Elgar|
|3-5||Three seetings of ‘O salutaris hostia’||Edward Elgar|
|6||The spirit of the Lord is upon me||Edward Elgar|
|7-11||Five Mystical Songs||Ralph Vaughan Williams|
|12||Choral Prelude on Martyrdom||Charles Hubert Hastings Parry|
|13||My soul, there is a country||Charles Hubert Hastings Parry|
|14||Choral Prelude on Croft’s 136th||Charles Hubert Hastings Parry|
|15||The blue bird||Charles Villiers Stanford|
|16||Hear my words, ye people||Charles Hubert Hastings Parry|