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The American Hymn Tradition. The Choir of Saint Peter’s Church, Saint Louis, David Sinden director

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Regent is delighted to present our second recording with the adult choir of Saint Peter’s Church, Saint Louis, Missouri – the first under the leadership of their new Director of Music, David Sinden.


Track List

How firm a foundation – ‘Foundation’, arr James Erb
Steal away to Jesus – Spiritual, arr Dale Adelmann
Morning glory, starlit sky – Craig Phillips
King of glory, King of peace – Harold Friedell
Amazing grace* – ‘New Britain’, arr David Ashley White
Jesus paid it all – John T Grape, arr David Sinden
Shall we gather at the river – ’Hanson Place’: Robert Lowry, arr John Ferguson
O love of God, how strong and true – ‘de Tar’, Calvin Hampton
Ye who claim the faith of Jesus – ‘Julion’, David Hurd
Longing for home – Shape note tune
Variations on an Old American Tune – Zachary Wadsworth (organ solo)
God is ascended – Gerre Hancock
King of Peace – F Price, arr Martha Shaffer
Watchman, tell us of the night – Alan Hovhaness
This little light of mine – Spiritual, arr William Bradley Roberts
Wondrous love – The Southern Harmony, arr Robert Lehman
Come, thou fount of every blessing – Nettleton, arr Frank W Boles

Total Playing time: 62:13

Production credits

Recorded in Saint Peter’s Church, Ladue, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA 2–4 March 2017

Recording producer: Gary Cole.

Recording engineer: Daniel Ruder

Sample audio extracts


‘American piety at its best—and very appealing music.’  American Record Guide Jan/Feb 2021

‘Sinden draws from his singers both musical and vocal diligence, as well as energy and fidelity to clear and compelling diction… Listening to the recorded voices and instruments at St. Peter’s Church brings one a sense of hope and provides an inspired reminder of what once was and what shall be.’ The American Organist Critic’s Choice 2021

Reviews of the choir’s previous recording on Regent – ‘A Year in Saint Louis’ (REGCD415)

‘The balance, attack and dynamics of the choir are of a consistently high standard.’ Organists’ Review December 2014

‘This may be the choir’s first commercial recording, but it’s been well worth the wait. Noted for its performance of Anglican repertoire, this extremely well-trained group presents an unusual and interesting repertoire’ Choir and Organ January 2015

‘These singers easily master the wide range of choral styles represented here, from clear and limpid early polyphony through cool Anglican elegance to a spiritual that rocks and rolls … There’s a lovely luster to their sound … needlepoint intonation in the a cappella pieces.’ American Record Guide March 2015