All Angels Cry Aloud
Liturgical choral works of John Hosking
The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge
Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir
Timothy Parsons and Alexander Berry Organ
Olivia Hunt Soprano soloist
Directed by Sarah MacDonald
‘John Hosking has spent his life in the organ loft (St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster Abbey and the cathedrals of Lincoln, Truro and, currently, St Asaph). All that practical experience has given him a deep knowledge both of what works in a liturgical setting and of the choral tradition’s rich repertoire. The ghost of Duruflé is evident in his beautiful Chester Service (with a cheeky reference to Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur along the way); Herbert Howells hovers over his Bangor Service, while A Royal Blessing could be by John Rutter. Yet for all these influences Hosking maintains his own distinctive voice, particularly in his impressive Requiem.’
Stephen Pritchard, The Guardian, Sunday 19 June 2016
An inspirational collection of the liturgical choral music of John Hosking.
This disc of choral works by a new voice brings an exciting and dynamic approach to writing for the church. This is melodious and memorable music, and the pieces range from exquisite miniatures, such as A Royal Blessing, written for the birth of Prince George of Cambridge in 2013, to the massive setting of the Te Deum. Also included is Hosking’s short Requiem setting.
John Hosking is currently Assistant Director of Music at St Asaph Cathedral in North Wales. A prize-winning student at the Royal College of Music, John continued his studies with the late Nicholas Danby and Margaret Philips. He was appointed Organ Scholar of Westminster Abbey in 1996 and is the only person to have ever held this post for three years. His recent move into the world of composition has been met with much enthusiasm from performers and listeners alike. For him, composition is the result of a source of inspiration – be it a text, a life event, a choir or individual performer
John Hosking is particularly known for his powerful and commanding improvisations, and much of his inspiration has come from three great organists, Martin Baker, David Briggs and the French master, Pierre Cochereau. The style used in his improvisations permeates the organ accompaniments in many of the items on this disc, spilling over to influence the vocal lines.
This is the eighth CD the Regent has made with the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge, and the third where they have joined forces with Ely Cathedral Girls' Choir, under the direction of Sarah MacDonald.
All of the works are receiving their first recording.
Some reviews of previous recordings from the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College:
‘Sensitive, precise and well-balanced’
…sung by the beautiful singers of Selwyn College Choir.’
REGCD411 What Hifi
Sarah MacDonald moulds her forces with an elegant understanding… The soft singing of this well-balanced choir is particularly pleasant.’
Organists’ Review March 2016
Te Deum 10:02
The Chester Service 12:51
Ave Maria 3:22
Missa Brevis in D 10:53
Ave verum corpus 4:00
The Bangor Service 7:21
A Royal Blessing 3:02
Total Playing time: 78:34