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The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge
Matt Denton – violin, Emma Denton – cello 
Maria Marchant – piano 
Adam Field – organ
Directed by Sarah MacDonald
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Introducing the first recording devoted to the sacred choral music by award-winning Scottish composer Joanna Gill.

Joanna studied Composition under royal composer Paul Mealor, then moved to London to continue her studies in Composition for Film and Television at Kingston University.

Joanna was commissioned by His Majesty King Charles III to compose a new Scottish folk-song as part of the Honours of Scotland ceremony which took place on 5th July 2023 at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh. 

Her work “A Song of Thanksgiving and Dedication” was composed as a tribute to Aberdeen University chancellor Queen Camilla and showcased the Doric language. This song was performed at the ceremony by mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Ayoub sisters.

Joanna’s music has been performed by the BBC Singers, on BBC Radio 3, and in many prestigious venues including London’s Royal Albert Hall. Joanna is at home writing both choral and symphonic music, and has a natural ability to capture a range of moods and styles in one piece.

Paul Mealor writes ‘The music of Joanna Gill is one of intense spiritual joy, of heart-warming harmonies and of lively rhythmical spirit that is both deeply personal (almost autobiographical) and ‘all embracing’ – music from one soul to all others. Her work is unashamedly romantic, unpretentious and, like an open hand, a gift to all who perform or hear it.’

Track List




Mass for HTB Queen’s Gate
Sanctus and Benedictus
Agnus Dei 3:13
Unfailing love 
If ye love me
Immortal peace 
A hymn to the Father 
Ubi caritas
Before the paling of the stars
A spotless rose
Safe in the arms of He
Eternal love doth never fade
Evening snow
Drop down ye heavens
I heard the bells on Christmas day
Look to the stable
Sir Christèmas
Sono perseguitato dalle acque (instrumental)
The Lord’s blessing

Matt Denton – violin (2,3,4,8,19), Emma Denton – cello (2,3,4,8,19)

Maria Marchant – piano (4,10,16,17,18,19),

Adam Field – organ (2,3,15)

Total Playing time: 75:36

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Production credits

Recorded on 3rd, 4th and 6th July 2022 in Ely Cathedral by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter

Recording producer and engineer: Gary Cole.

Recording assistant: Pippa Cole

Sample audio extracts


‘Selwyns student singers have audibly taken Gill’s music to their hearts and perform it very well.’

★★★★ Choir and Organ September/October 2023

‘Sarah MacDonald and her Selwyn College Choir have, as usual, produced an impeccable sound which brings Gill’s work to vivid life. Dynamics and intonation …. are a delight.’ Organists’ Review November 2023

‘The overall impression is of serenity coupled with intelligence, combined in a most appealing way that places a premium on communication. This is fresh and unusual choral music that will reward painstaking investigation by listeners, directors, and singers.’ The American Organist December 2023

‘It brings comfort at a time when evil rules the world around us. This is more proof that music of the right kind has a force of its own, even when times are bad. Thank you, Joanna!’ MusicWeb February 2024

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