Sunday Playlist: Bach Revisited – Gardiner in Saxony and Thuringia –

Back in August of last year I kicked off the ‘Sunday Playlist’ series with John Elliot Gardiner’s famous ‘Bach Cantata Pilgrimage’ (see:  Sunday Playlist: Bach Cantata Pilgrimage | Saturday Chorale) there’s an update or addition to that documentary which covers the making of that documentary and Gardiner making some side-trips to explore aspects of Bach’s…

Feature: Introducing John Amner

John Amner was an English composer whose music has been sadly neglected.  John Amner composer, clergyman. and organist of Ely Cathedral , was born in Ely in 1579 and died there in 1641, neither his exact birthdate nor the exact date of his death are known but from church registers we know that he was…

BBC Documentary "How Choirs Work" – Gareth Malone

Gareth Malone has made it his life’s work to share his love for and fascination with everything to do with choirs and choral music. His affection, respect, enthusiasm, and knowledge, about the topic  bubble throughout this very enjoyable documentary. The documentary starts with Malone saying "choirs are my passion and have been all my life"…

Feature: Sheppard: Missa Cantate

It turns out that the two things I’d been taught about the English renaissance composer John Sheppard (c1515–1558) are not in fact true.  There’s no evidence that he was ever a chorister at St. Pauls and my mental image of him as the Informator Choristarum (director of music) at Magdalen College, Oxford, so dedicated to…

Sunday Playlist: House of the Rising Sun

Arguments surround this song ranging from what to call it to where it came from, some call it  "The House of the Rising Sun", others insist that it’s proper name is "House of the Rising Sun"  while a third faction hold out for "Rising Sun Blues". As if that weren’t enough there are claims and …