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Aaron Shilson – Organ
Directed by Stephen Moore
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For this latest release in Regent’s collectable ‘A Year at…’ series we travelled to Llandaff Cathedral to showcase the choir there under the expert direction of Stephen Moore. There has been a Christian presence in Llandaff from the time of Saint Teilo in the sixth century, making it one of the oldest Christian sites in the UK. Many will have heard the Cathedral’s accomplished choir in their worldwide television broadcast in the presence of King Charles and Queen Camilla following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September 2022. This recording, like others in this series takes us on a journey through the church’s year from Advent to All Saints, reflecting the varied musical moods of each season. This selection of music mainly features works from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including recent compositions by Bob Chilcott, Jonathan Dove, and Will Todd, The choir is accompanied on the new Nicholson organ, installed in 2010 – the largest entirely new instrument built in a British cathedral by a British organ builder since the 1960s. Two large-scale organ solos are played by Assistant Organist, Aaron Shilson, and Director of Music, Stephen Moore, and showcasing the full tonal and dynamic range of this impressive instrument. The music department of Llandaff Cathedral is a busy and productive one with seven choral services in a typical week. The present incarnation of the Cathedral Choirs began in 1880 when Dean of Llandaff, Henry Vaughan, founded the Cathedral School to educate the Boy Choristers. The Girl Choristers were established separately by the Cathedral School in 1996 and, until 2021, had their own director who was a member of staff there. In an historic change, the girls were formally welcomed into the Cathedral music department in 2021 and, from September 2022, parity of opportunity was realised for girls and boys. The choristers all attend the Cathedral School and take an equal share of weekly duties, usually – as on this recording – singing independently of one another and occasionally together.


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Track List

Creator of the stars of night – Anon Medieval, arr John Scott
Nova! Nova! – Bob Chilcott
In the bleak mid-winter – Gustav Holst arr Mack Wilberg
Epiphanie – Gaston Litaize played by Aaron Shilson
Baptism of Christ
Down to the river – Spiritual arr Philip Lawson
Vast ocean of light – Jonathan Dove
We shall walk through the valley – Spiritual arr Undine Smith Moore
Wondrous Cross – Philip Wilby
Ave Maria – Edward Elgar
Maundy Thursday
The Father’s Love – Simon Lole
Good Friday
It is a thing most wonderful – Philip Moore
This joyful Eastertide – Dutch Carol arr Philip Ledger
Rise up, my love, my fair one – Healey Willan
Veni Creator Spiritus – Kenneth Leighton played by Stephen Moore
I saw the Lord – John Stainer
All Souls’
Even such is time – Bob Chilcott
All Saints’
The Call of Wisdom – Will Todd
Arglwydd mae yn nosi – Caradog Roberts

Tracks 1, 8, 9, Girl Choristers | Tracks 2– 7. 11–13, 15–16  Boy Choristers | Other tracks Full Choristers

Total Playing time: 71:50

Production credits

Recorded in Llandaff Cathedral 21–23 June 2022 by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter

Cover image by Mark Edwards

Recording producer and engineer: Gary Cole.

Recording assistant: Pippa Cole

Sample audio extracts


‘…this presentation of a year in the musical life of Llandaff, the Church in Wales Cathedral for Cardiff, is a treat… Whether singing separately or together, the boy and girl trebles have a robust, fresh sound that easily matches the strong team of lay clerks. Director of music Stephen Moore and his assistant Aaron Shilson each get the chance to show off the cathedral’s 2010 Nicholson organ to magnificent effect’ Choir and Organ Jan/Feb 2024

‘When it comes to grasping the essence of long-standing liturgical music, and capturing the intangible acoustical audio quality of centuries old choral singing echoing and reverberating within the immutable stone walls of a large cathedral, nobody quite does it as well as the people at Regent Records… From the uplifting power of ‘This joyful Eastertide’ to the hushed beauty of Gustav Holst’s ‘In the bleak midwinter’ (check your pulse if you don’t get goosebumps as it ends), each and every piece on this CD is expressively performed, and projected with a sense of occasion.’ Classical Music Sentinel August 2023

‘Altogether this is a splendidly eclectic mix of church music mainly from the twentieth and twenty-first century. It is magnificently sung with an outstanding ambient recording. I look forward to next releases in the A Year At… series.’ John France, Musicwebinternational.com

‘This CD recording is a fine testament to healthy choral activity, …authoritative musical direction, and skilled organ-playing at Llandaff. so vital to the spiritual life of a worshipping community.’ Organists’ Review March 2024