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    Serenity , Courage, Wisdom
    A Sequence of Music and Readings for Remembrance, The Proteus Ensemble, directed by Stephen Shellard


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    Serenity , Courage, Wisdom
    A Sequence of Music and Readings for Remembrance,
    The Proteus Ensemble, directed by Stephen Shellard
    Christopher Allsop organ
    Gabrielle Bullock and Peter Atkinson readers

    'No doubt 2014 will bring a flood of tributes and memorials to what happened a century ago but I doubt that there will be many better than this one. '

    Cross Rhythms August 2014

    The first recording from the newly-formed professional vocal group, The Proteus Ensemble, directed by Stephen Shellard.

    A beautiful and moving selection of music and readings for the commemoration of 1914, recorded in Worcester Cathedral.

    The disc is launched at the group’s debut concert in this year’s Three Choirs Festival at Worcester.

    The Proteus Ensemble was founded by Stephen Shellard in late 2013 and consists of professional singers drawn from all over the UK. Named after the Greek Sea-God, Proteus, the group takes its musical raison d’être from the adjective ‘protean’ which means ‘versatile’ or ‘capable of assuming many forms’. With flexibility at its core the group is set upon a musical course from earliest times to the present day. The ensemble is directed by Stephen Shellard, who also directs the Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir, which has made several acclaimed recording on the Regent label.

    The organ featured on this recording was built by Kenneth Tickell who sadly passed away suddenly on the morning of 24th July this year. He will be greatly missed both as a person, and as a distinguished contributor to England's organ heritage.

    Reading     Ecclesiastes  Chapter 3,  Verses 1–8 (1:31)
    Organ         Elegy — Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (3:22)
    Reading     To His Love — Ivor Gurney (0:52)
                       Messe pour Notre-Dame Kyrie — David Briggs (5:21)
                       Exhortation (They shall grow not old) — John Tavener (3:20)
    Reading      Still falls the Rain — Dame Edith Louise Sitwell (2:31)
                       And I saw a new Heaven — Edgar Bainton (5:44)
    Reading      Not to Keep — Robert Frost (1:55)
                       Quam dilecta! — Donald Hunt (4:40)
    Reading      Everyone Sang— Siegfried Sassoon (0:42)
                        Messe pour Notre-Dame Sanctus — Briggs (3:12)
                        Messe pour Notre-Dame Benedictus — Briggs (3:31)
    Organ          Méditation — Maurice Duruflé (3:54)
                        Kohima (When you go home) — Tavener (1:45)
    Reading       The Veteran — Margaret P Cole (0:55)
                        Messe pour Notre-Dame Agnus Dei — Briggs (6:06)
                        Serenity — James MacMillan (4:52)
    Reading       May 1915 — Charlotte Mew (0:59)
                        Jesu, dulcis memoria — Pierre Villette (3:47)
    Reading       For the Fallen — Laurence Binyon (0:21)
                        O Lord, support us — Briggs (6:49)

    Total Playing time: 66:15    

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