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    A Year at Manchester
    The Choir of Manchester Cathedral

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    A Year at Manchester
    The Choir of Manchester Cathedral
    Jeffrey Makinson organ, piano* – Murray McLachlan piano*
    directed by Christopher Stokes

    The Diocese of Manchester was established in 1847, and since then Manchester Cathedral has stood as something of an oasis in the ancient heart of a bustling modern city.

    This recording, the seventh in Regent’s ‘A Year at’ series, and the first from Manchester Cathedral Choir on the Regent label, documents some of the music performed during the year at the Cathedral, and covers the church’s year from its beginning in Advent to the Feast of Christ the King at the end of November.
     
    The wide-ranging and unusual programme covers music from the 16th to 21st centuries, and includes four first recordings of works written by the Cathedral’s Director of Music, Christopher Stokes; Assistant Organist, Jeffrey Makinson; and renowned local Manchester composer, Sasha Johnson Manning.

    Manchester Cathedral Choir is unusual in being one of only two in the UK that has a treble line made up of both boys and girls aged between 8 and 14. The choristers are all educated at the famous Chethams Music School, which is next door to the Cathedral.


    Advent   
    I waited for the Lord    Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy    3:46
    The Spirit of the Lord    Jeffrey Makinson    2:30
    Christmas   
    I saw three ships    English trad, arr Simon Preston    2:09
    Epiphany   
    Lo! Star-led chiefs    William Crotch    4:24    
    Lent   
    Breathe on me, breath of God 
       Christopher Stokes     1:49
    O Lorde, the maker of al thing    John Joubert     3:42   
    In ieiunio et fletu (men’s voices)    Thomas Tallis    4:28
    Good Friday   
    Crux fidelis    John IV of Portugal    2:31    
    Easter   
    Haec dies    William Byrd    2:34   
    Ascension   
    O clap your hands    Ralph Vaughan Williams    2:57   
    Corpus Christi   
    Corpus Christi Carol    Judith Bingham    3:58
    BVM   
    Salve Regina    Sasha Johnson Manning     2:52
    St Luke   
    Strengthen ye the weak hands    William H Harris    7:09
    All Saints   
    The fair chivalry    Robert Ashfield    4:43   
    Dedication   
    How awesome is this place    Christopher Stokes    3:07
    Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen    Johannes Brahms*     4:58
    Christ the King   
    Festival Te Deum    William Mathias    7:45

    Total Playing time: 65:26

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