Burgon: Song of the creatures

Burgon’s The song of the creatures was commissioned for the Choir of St Matthew’s Church, Northampton. He composed it in 1987 and it received its first performance on 21st September 1987 by Choir of St Matthew’s conducted by Andrew Shenton. Burgon’s text which you’ll see referred to as both ‘The song of the creatures’ and…

Stopford: ‪For the beauty of the earth

Just two videos in this Sunday’s "Sunday playlist", but I doubt you’ll feel stinted – both are of Philip Stopford’s setting of "For the beauty of the earth". Stopford composed this in 2003 to be sung at the Harvest Festival Service in Belfast Cathedral by the Cathedral’s choir. The music in the first video in…

Truro Cathedral Choir : Soul Of My Saviour

Truro Cathedral Choir singing William Maher’s hymn ‘Soul Of My Saviour’ , this is one of the nicest performances of it I know of. Maher’s hymn is a translation of a very old prayer "Anima Christi" dating from the first half of the fourteenth century. ‘Anima Christi’  has been attributed variously to Ignatius of Loyola,…

Picky? Me? Picky?

You’ll have to watch it to get the title. The performance is by the Dutch choir «Kamerkoor Cantate Venlo» live on  June 14th 2011 as part of the  12th International Chamber Choir Competition  held in Marktoberdorf, Germany. They definitely enjoyed themselves singing it.   :-) markfromireland