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The Girls’ Choir† and Lay Clerks‡ of Southwell Minster
Simon Hogan director
Edward Turner organ

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Southwell Minster is a Cathedral and Parish Church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and Marian feast days are of particular importance. Sing we of that Mother blest from the Girls’ Choir and Lay Clerks is a musical celebration of the life of the Virgin Mary, and of the music and words she has inspired generations of artists to compose.

The collection includes works for all the annual church festivals celebrating the Virgin Mary, together with the complete five dances for organ in praise of Mary Mariales by Naji Hakim. There are well-known pieces by Grieg, Willcocks, Haydn, Dyson, Hadley, and Howells, coupled with recent and unfamiliar works from James MacMIllan, Paul Drayton, Simon Johnson, and Matthew Larkin, and a selection of Marian hymns.

The ancient Norman and Romanesque vaults of Southwell Minster have echoed with the inspiring melodies of human song for hundreds of years, with the historic music foundation dating back to at least the tenth century. In 2005 The Girls’ Choir was formed – joining this tradition – and is currently directed by the Cathedral’s Assistant Director of Music, Simon Hogan.  Members of The Girls’ Choir are drawn exclusively from The Minster School, with girls ranging in age from eleven to eighteen.

The girls currently sing least two services per week and their repertoire encompasses works from the eleventh century, through to the present day including works commissioned specifically for them. Sing we of that Mother blest is their second recording,

Track List

organ Danse (No 5 of Mariales) – Naji Hakim
hymn O glorious Maid†‡ – Bertram Luard-Selby
Ave maris stella†‡ – Edvard Grieg
Tota pulchra es†‡ – James MacMillan
organ Hymne (No 4 of Mariales) – Naji Hakim
Gabriel’s Message†‡ – Basque carol, arr David Willcocks
Ecce ancilla Domini†‡ – Paul Drayton
Magnificat on Plainsong Tones† – Simon Johnson
organ Pastorale (No 2 of Mariales) – Naji Hakim
Benedictus (from Missa Sancti Joannis de Deo)† – Franz Josef Haydn
hymn Now in holy celebration† – Plainsong Urbs beata
Magnificat in D†‡ – George Dyson
organ La Nativité (No 2 of Trois poèmes évangéliques, Op 2) – Jean Langlais
Virgin-born, we bow before thee† – Stanley Vann
There is no Rose‡ – Anon, 14th century
I sing of a maiden† – Patrick Hadley
organ Antienne (No 3 of Mariales) – Naji Hakim
Adam lay ybounden† – Matthew Larkin
Mater ora filium† – Charles Wood, arr Harrison Oxley
hymn Hail to the Lord†‡ – Anon
organ Incantation (No 1 of Mariales) – Naji Hakim
hymn Her Virgin eyes‡ – Henry Lawes
Salve Regina†‡ – Herbert Howells

Production credits

Recorded in Southwell Minster 7–9 February 2016, by permission of the Dean and Chapter

Recording producer and engineer :Gary Cole

Assistant engineer: Andrew Gammon

Editing: Steve Swinden and Gary Cole

Sample audio extracts


‘The excellent Girl’s Choir and Lay Clerks give marvelous performances of mostly unfamiliar pieces…The girls sing with an exuberant musical maturity. ’ American Record Guide November 2017

‘..as varied as it is colorful, nuanced and inspiring… it seems there’s nothing these singers can’t seamlessly morph into’  Classicalmusicsentinel December 2016

‘finely wrought and beautifully sung… Here is a clean pure girls’ sound…Excellent recordings such as this can only help to put Southwell Minster on the map.’  Church Music Quarterly March 2017

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