Celebrating 125 years of music at Truro Cathedral
Truro Cathedral Choir
Luke Bond organ Christopher Gray director
Gramophone Critics choice December 2014
'This 125th anniversary programme has been superbly recorded by Regent: the building is present in a very real sense, yet each strand of the music is clear and immediate....Christopher Gray's Truro choir has little to fear in comparison with the finest cathedral choirs in the country. The singing brings enormous pleasure, as does Luke Bond's magnificent organ playing' International Record Review January 2014
‘A bold, imaginative programme of mainly unfamiliar music, with uniformly excellent performances.’ BBC Music Magazine
‘ Truro Cathedral Choir under the tireless direction of Christopher Gray give outstanding performances... Luke Bond’s colourful accompaniments and Gary Cole’s typically superb recording add to the listening pleasure of this truly excellent CD.’
The modern Diocese of Truro was established in 1877, and the new Cathedral Choir founded shortly afterwards. Described by former Director of Music at King’s College, Cambridge, Sir David Willcocks, as “one of the country’s finest cathedral choirs”, during 2013 there have been many major events in Truro celebrating the 125 years of the choir’s superlative contribution to music in the Cathedral, culminating in the release of this new recording.
All the works, except Francis Pott’s Lament, have been written for Truro Cathedral Choir and its director, Christopher Gray, over the last few years. Francis Pott’s piece is included through being written in memory of a former chorister at Truro.
A number of works were specifically commissioned for the 125th anniversary celebrations, and the disc features first recordings of new works from Russell Pascoe, Graham Fitkin, and Gabriel Jackson, and a touching new setting of In the bleak midwinter by Truro student, Becky McGlade.
This is Regent’s eleventh recording from Truro Cathedral, and we are delighted join with them in celebrating this significant event in British choral music.
Truro Evening Service Russell Pascoe*
Nunc dimittis (2:29)
Ave maris stella Paul Drayton* (5:18)
The Christmas Truce Graham Fitkin* (5:05)
Lament Francis Pott (4:29)
Lost Graham Fitkin* (4:17)
Church Music Julian Philips (5:54)
I sing of a maiden Julian Philips* (3:37)
Ave maris stella James MacMillan (4:58)
Cantate Domino Gabriel Jackson* (5:43)
Missa Brevis Russell Pascoe*
Sanctus & Benedictus (3:28)
Agnus Dei (2:58)
In the bleak midwinter Becky McGlade* (3:50)
The World’s Desire Paul Drayton (3:28)
Noe, noe David Bednall (3:12)
* First recordings