Jubilate - 500 Years Of Cathedral Music St. Paul's Cathedral Choir & Andrew Carwood

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Label: Decca

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Choral

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)

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  • Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 - 1759):
  • 1Zadok The Priest (Coronation Anthem), HWV25805:38
  • Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847):
  • 2Hear My Prayer05:39
  • 3O For The Wings Of A Dove05:34
  • Charles Villiers Stanford (1852 - 1924):
  • 4Justorum Animae, Op.3803:36
  • Thomas Weelkes (1576 - 1623):
  • 5Hosanna To The Son Of David01:57
  • Thomas Tallis (1505 - 1585):
  • 6Salvator Mundi03:15
  • Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695):
  • 7O God, Thou Art My God, Z3503:34
  • Maurice Greene (1696 - 1755):
  • 8Lord, Let Me Know Mine End05:56
  • John Ireland (1879 - 1962):
  • 9Greater Love Hath No Man06:36
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 - 1958):
  • 10O Taste And See01:47
  • Henry Balfour Gardiner (1877 - 1950):
  • 11Evening Hymn06:32
  • Sir William Walton (1902 - 1983):
  • 12Jubilate Deo03:43
  • Howard Goodall (b.1958)
  • 13The Lord Is My Shepherd03:05
  • John Rutter (b.1945):
  • 14The Lord Bless You and Keep You03:06
  • Paul Mealor (b.1975):
  • 15Ubi Caritas04:37
  • John Rutter
  • 16A Gaelic Blessing02:06
  • Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848 - 1918):
  • 17I Was Glad07:18
  • John Rutter
  • 18A Gaelic Blessing02:08
  • Total Runtime01:16:07

Info for Jubilate - 500 Years Of Cathedral Music

St Paul’s Cathedral Choir has joined forces with 50 young choristers from cathedrals across the UK for a new album entitled ‘Jubilate: 500 Years of Cathedral Music’, released by Decca Classics and Classic FM on 17th March. The cathedral super-group is directed by Andrew Carwood and includes former choirboy Aled Jones.

Every copy of the album sold will raise money for the ‘Diamond Fund for Choristers’, which aims to help young choral singers and secure the future of cathedral music. It is supported by Classic FM presenter Alexander Armstrong – a former choirboy himself – who hails becoming a chorister as “the greatest leg-up a child can be given in life”.

The album, which celebrates 500 years of cathedral music with a host of famous choral tunes, was recorded in the astonishing acoustics of St Paul’s Cathedral – with its 8-second echo. St Paul’s Cathedral Choir has been performing in London’s iconic venue for nearly 900 years, making it one of the world’s oldest and most illustrious cathedral choirs.

The songs on the album span five centuries – from Thomas Tallis’ Salvator Mundi to Paul Mealor’s Ubi Caritas, with Handel, Mendelssohn, Vaughan Williams and more between. There is also a special arrangement by John Rutter of A Gaelic Blessing, sung by Classic FM presenter Aled Jones. Most of the music chosen for the album was written by composers who themselves were former choristers, from William Byrd and Henry Purcell (Westminster) to William Walton (Christ Church, Oxford).

The young singers of St Paul’s are joined by 50 additional choristers (one representative from the vast majority of the UK’s cathedral choirs) for four tracks on the album. The massed voices can be heard in glorious sound on Handel’s Zadok The Priest, Parry’s I Was Glad and Rutter’s A Gaelic Blessing.

Classic FM’s Aled Jones enjoyed singing in St Paul’s Cathedral: “What an amazing place to record an album! I’ve never seen so many choristers from cathedrals all around the country. When I first heard them sing all together, it was phenomenal – there were tears in people’s eyes, it was just so moving. It is wonderful to capture that on an album, and for me to sing with the choir as well was just fantastic.”

Andrew Carwood, Director of Music at St Paul's Cathedral, adds: “I hope this album gives listeners a glimpse into the little bit of heaven that we try to create every day in St Paul’s Cathedral.”

The choristers of St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir are enthusiastic and highly trained, and used to a seven-day week including services on Easter Day and Christmas Day in the world-famous cathedral. In 2015, the choir released a hugely successful album of carols, which went to No.1 in the UK specialist classical chart.

Aled Jones, vocal
St Paul’s Cathedral Choir & Cathedral Choristers Of Britain
Andrew Carwood, direction

St Paul’s Cathedral Choir
is regarded as one of the best in the world, and regularly leads services of national importance, such as the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen in 2012, and the funeral of Baroness Thatcher in 2013. The choir is widely recorded and tours regularly. It has appeared throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America.

There has been a choir at St Paul’s Cathedral since around 1127, and the choral foundation continues to thrive almost 1000 years later. Each week, the 30 boy choristers and 12 vicars choral provide music for 8 sung services. The training of boy choristers is an ancient tradition and is the life-blood of the Cathedral today.

We look forward to sharing this rich musical heritage with our supporters across the world.

Andrew Carwood
is the first non-organist to lead the music at St Paul's since the 12th century. He has gained a reputation as one of the most versatile musicians of his generation, having had an illustrious career as a singer before focusing attention on conducting and choral direction. He trained as a choral scholar at St John's College, Cambridge, and was a lay clerk at Christ Church, Oxford and Westminster Cathedral, before becoming Director of Music at the Brompton Oratory. As a conductor his reputation was established with The Cardinall's Musick and together the three-time Gramohone award winners continue to perform throughout the UK and Europe.

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