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Anthems by Sir Edward Bairstow Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum, Simon Bell director | Carleton Etherington organ

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Sir Edward Bairstow (1874–1946) was one of the Britain’s most iconic composers of Edwardian sacred music. After holding posts in London, Wigan, and Leeds, he served as organist of York Minster from 1913 to his death, when he was succeeded by his former pupil Francis Jackson. He was knighted in 1932.


Track List

Blessed city, heavenly Salem
Lord, I call upon thee 
The Lamentation
Though I speak with the tongues of men
The Blessed Virgin’s Cradle Song
Let all mortal flesh keep silence
Lord, thou hast been our refuge
Our Father in the Heavens * 
The King of love my shepherd is
If the Lord had not helped me 
Save us, O Lord
Jesus, grant me this I pray
Of the Father’s love begotten *

* denotes first recording
Total playing time: 72.20

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Production credits

Recorded in Tewkesbury Abbey 24 January & 12/14 March 2019 by permission of the Vicar and PCC

Cover image by Graham Prentice © alamy.com

Recording producer: Gary Cole.

Engineers: Andrew Gammon, Steve Swinden

Editing by Steve Swinden and Gary Cole

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‘.. the Tewkesbury choristers have the edge, with their vitality of tone, clarity of diction and willingness to stir up the underlying dramatic impetus….Let us hear more Bairstow from these wonderful executants.’

‘The Abbey choir gives spirited performances and is absolutely superb in terms of blend, intonation, diction, and ensemble. Etherington’s accompaniments could not be any better, and the balance between choir and organ is particularly good. The recorded sound beautifully captures the resonant atmosphere of this cavernous space… This goes into the favorites pile.’  CRITICS CHOICE American Record Guide July/August 2020

‘Tewkesbury Abbey captures the rhapsodic, often elegiac spirit of Bairstow s music wonderfully on this recording…the stars of the show for me are the boy choristers, who have a beautiful limpid sound, ideally suited to this music, and demonstrate impressive control of colour and dynamic in Bairstow’s long phrases.’  Choir & Organ September 2020