Celebrating Warwick 1100
Choirs of St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Warwick
Thomas Corns director and organ†
Mark Swinton organ
In 2014 the town of Warwick celebrated its 1100th anniversary with a year-long programme of events.
To mark this significant point in the life of the town, the choirs of the great church of St Mary in Warwick, known for its beautiful architecture and long tradition of musical excellence, recorded this disc of music for music for dedication: ‘Gaudeamus omnes – Let us all rejoice – Celebrating Warwick 1100’.
In addition to works written for the dedication of a city, church, and organ, the disc includes new works especially written for St Mary’s Church, its Director of Music, Thomas Corns, and its choirs of girls, boys, and men, and these are receiving their first recording on this disc.
Philip Moore’s 'Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in A' is for upper voices and was written for the St Mary’s Girls’ Choir. David Briggs’ extended work ‘Gaudeamus omnes’, based on the plainchant of the same name, was written for the full complement of singers, and features a virtuoso organ accompaniment, played here by St Mary’s Assistant Director of Music, Mark Swinton.
Reviews of previous releases
“very calm and beautiful… I’ve been holding my breath… and how wonderful to discover that that gorgeous performance was given by singers from Warwick”
BBC Radio 3, In Tune, 18th April 2011
“Alternatively (and appropriately) stirring and serene in Górecki’s Totus tuus, the Warwickshire choir demonstrates considerable range and sensitivity to nuance”
Choir and Organ, July 2011
“ …this anthology works brilliantly on a number of levels…The choirs are all capable of committed, full-voiced singing… both boys and girls produce a bright, shiny sound – clear without excessive bite – and the men have en masse a rich, warm sonority …a truly convincing devotional act.” Organists’ Review, August 2011
Blessed city, heavenly Salem Sir Edward Bairstow (1874–1946) 9:09
O how amiable are thy dwellings Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958) 3:58
Behold, the tabernacle of God Sir William Harris (1883–1973) 2:39
We wait for thy loving kindness, O God Sir William McKie (1901–84) 2:58
Jubilate Deo Sir William Walton (1902–83) 3:42
Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in A (for St Mary’s, Warwick)* Philip Moore (b.1943) 7:15
Exultet Francis Jackson (b.1917) 5:06 Organ solo Mark Swinton
I was glad when they said unto me Sir Hubert Parry (1848–1918) 5:19
Gaudeamus in loci pace† James MacMillan (b.1959) 6:06 Organ solo Thomas Corns
Gaudeamus omnes plainsong 1:06
Gaudeamus omnes* David Briggs (b.1962) 8:03
And when the builders Richard Shephard (b.1949) 5:01
* First recording
Total Playing time: 60:25