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Cantemus Chamber Choir
Peter King*
Huw Williams

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This recording features sacred and secular choral music from many areas of the British Isles traditionally regarded as having Celtic roots. Welsh composers include William Mathias, Paul Mealor, and Geraint Lewis, and Welsh texts drawn from Henry Vaughan and traditional sources. Dublin-born composer Charles Villiers Stanford is represented by two works, and also included are English composers, writing on a variety of Celtic and other folk themes. This selection of anthems and folksongs from the corners of the British Isles represents an entertaining and diverse program.

Track List

For lo, I raise up* – Charles Villiers Stanford
The souls of the righteous* – Geraint Lewis
Beati quorum via – Charles Villiers Stanford
Ubi caritas – Paul Mealor
A Gaelic blessing* – John Rutter
Do not be afraid – Philip W J Stopford
As truly as God is our Father* – William Mathias
My soul, there is a country – Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
A hymn of St Columba* – Benjamin Britten
The blue bird – Charles Villiers Stanford
Four Welsh folk songs William Mathias
Y Gelynnen (The Holly Bush)
Robin Ddiog (Lazy Robin)
Hobed o hilion (The Wistful Wanderer)
Dadl dau (A Quarrel for Two)
I love my love – Cornish trad, arr Gustav Holst
Afton Water – Scottish trad, arr David Willcocks
Swansea Town – English trad, arr Gustav Holst
Dafydd y Garreg Wen (David of White Rock) – Welsh trad, arr Robert Court

Total Playing time: 70:50

Production credits

Recorded in the Chapel of Keble College, Oxford 7/8th January 2017

Recording producer and engineer Gary Cole.

Assistant engineer: Andy Gammon

Editing:Myles Eastwood and Gary Cole

Sample audio extracts


‘…the climax is a fine performance of four Welsh folk song settings by William Mathias…Cantemus handles it all with easy aplomb and a certain unaffected grace.’  Choir and Organ March 2018

‘The balance of the parts is just right. Lucid enunciation of words, purity of tone, and technical accuracy are marks of this choir. …The sound as recorded in the chapel of Keble College, Oxford in January 2017 is state of the art.’  American Record Guide March 2018

‘…there’s no doubting this choir’s accomplishment, discipline and team spirit. Williams evokes a remarkably wide range of dynamics and expression and the choir brings enthusiasm and engagement to warhorses by Stanford, Parry and popular favourites by Rutter and Mealor.’  Organists’ Review March 2018 

‘Cantemus has a wonderful, mellow blend throughout. Add to that some splendid organ accompaniment from Peter King on the organ of Keble College Chapel, Oxford where this CD was recorded and you have a fine collection. Gary Cole of Regent has beautifully captured the fine quality of this choir in the chapel’s fine acoustic.’ Church Music Quarterly June 2018

… a wide ranging selection, some more Celtic than others, but all well sung.’  crossrhythms.co.uk