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Like to a flower | Choral music by Annabel Rooney
The Choir of Christ’s College, Cambridge
‘Like to a flower’ is the second album dedicated to the music of Annabel Rooney, following the success of ‘As a seed bursts forth’, released in 2019. These beautiful and approachable settings of traditional texts bring a fresh and original voice to the growing repertoire of sacred choral music by female composers. The disc opens with a ‘mini’ Evensong: Introit; Preces; Psalm; Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis; Responses and Anthem, together with a Mass, anthems, and motets for all the seasons of the church’s year.
Annabel Rooney read music at Christ’s College, Cambridge, and continued her studies in Cambridge with postgraduate research on eighteenthcentury
opera. Rooney turned to composition comparatively late, when her youngest child was starting school, mostly writing choral music.
Her music has been performed by many choirs in the UK and overseas, including Exeter and Ely Cathedrals, Bath Abbey, York Minster, the Chapel Royal, and King’s Voices and broadcast on Choral Evensong on Radio 3. Her music is published by Selah, and Oxford University Press, notably in the ‘Breath of Song’ anthology of music by women composers.
Total Playing time: 70:41
Recorded on 18–20 March 2022 in the Chapel of Queens’ College, Cambridge
Recording producer and engineer: Gary Cole.
Recording assistant: Pippa Cole
Sample audio extracts
‘…excellent tone, tuning, and diction under the direction of David Rowland… There is plenty of variety, especially for anyone who enjoys the English choral tradition… Her compositional style is interesting, with lots of word painting and colour… all Rooney’s compositions are expressive and accessible.’ Yorkshire Times February 2024