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A YEAR AT NEWCASTLE
The Choir of Newcastle Cathedral
Kris Thomsett organ
directed by Ian Roberts
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Description

The latest addition to our ‘A Year at…’ series comes from Newcastle – England’s most northerly cathedral. This is the first recording of the re-vitalised Newcastle Cathedral Choir under their Director of Music, Ian Roberts, who was appointed in 2016, and has taken the choir to new heights.

Music is central to Newcastle Cathedral’s daily life of prayer, worship and witness, marking the church year and illuminating the Christian Story. This recording presents a flavour of the annual liturgical journey at Newcastle Cathedral, with music chosen to reflect the seasons of Advent, Christmas and Candlemas, and the observance of Lent, including the Feast of The Annunciation. We journey through Holy Week, the joy of Easter, and celebration of Pentecost; we mark Trinity Sunday, the Feast of Corpus Christi, the commemoration of All Souls, and conclude with the final Sunday of the year – the Feast of Christ the King. The repertoire for this recording is predominantly centred on the rich treasury of 20th century British music, along with some more recent compositions.

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Track List

Advent
Benedictus Op 34, no 2  – Edward Elgar*
8:12
Magnificat from The Wells Service – William Drakett
5:13
Christmas
Laetabundus exultet from Three Grace Anthems – Alan Gray†
2:04
Candlemas
Nunc dimittis from The Wells Service – William Drakett
2:49
Lent
Psalm 23 ‘The Bird’s Song’ from The Pilgrim’s Progress – Ralph Vaughan Williams*
2:37
Kyrie from Mass in G minor – Ralph Vaughan Williams
4:36
Annunciation
To the Queen of Heaven – Thomas F Dunhill* 
2:49
Maundy Thursday
Ubi caritas – Kris Thomsett†
3:24
Easter
Sing ye to the Lord – Edward Bairstow*
5:36
Rise up, my love – Healey Willan
1:52
Pentecost
Litany to the Holy Spirit – Ben Ponniah*
3:09
Trinity
Sanctus from Three Grace Anthems – Alan Gray†
2:26
Corpus Christi
Lo, the full, final sacrifice – Gerald Finzi*
15:51
All Souls
Justorum animae from Three Grace Anthems – Alan Gray†
2:29
Christ the King
Te deum (Collegium Regale) – Herbert Howells*
8:46

* with organ accompaniment played by Kris Thomsett

† first recording

Total Playing time: 71:55

Production credits

Recorded on 21–23 March 2023 in Newcastle Cathedral

Recording producer and engineer: Gary Cole.

Recording assistant: Pippa Cole

Sample audio extracts

Reviews

‘Roberts shapes each of his choir’s contributions with light, shade, and rhythmic accuracy… A thoroughly enjoyable selection of repertoire and accomplished performances representing the highlights of a musical year at Newcastle Cathedral.’ Yorkshire Times February 2024


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