Edward Elgar (1857-1934): Great is the Lord Op 67

Elgar started ‘Great is the Lord’ in 1910 it’s an adaptation of Psalm 47 and is fairly popular now but at the time he was composing it, perhaps because there was no patron to commission it in sight, it was doubtful that Elgar would even complete it. It took him two years working in fits…

Thomas Tallis (±1505-1585): O Salutaris hostia

The text to O salutaris hostia comes from the rite of Benediction, Tallis’ setting is freely composed – it’s completely original with no basis in the chant or other material. It’s a bit unusual in that while its scoring (SATBarB) would lead you to suspect that it’s pre-Reformation it’s style is very definitely later than…

William Byrd (±1539-1623): Teach Me, O Lord

It must have been an agonising experience for Byrd to see his hopes for the five-year English Catholic renaissance of 1553–58 dashed with the death of Queen Mary. A devout, and stubborn Catholic he was to live the remainder of his life under protestant monarchs. Fortunately for him, and for us, he managed the difficult…

Gabriel Jackson (1962 –): Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (Truro Service) — Choir of St Mary’s Cathedral

Choral Evensong from St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh. The Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Matthew Owens, perform settings of the Magnificat (0:01) and Nunc Dimittis(4:17) evening canticles out of Gabriel Jackson’s stunning Truro Service. Both canticles appear on the 2005 disk ‘Gabriel Jackson: Sacred Choral Works’, available on iTunes through Delphian Records. Treble and…

Edgar Bainton (1880–1956): And I Saw A New Heaven

Edgar Bainton (1880–1956) is best known as a composer of church music and is a somewhat neglected composer in England he studied under Stanford at the Royal College of Music and starting in 1901  first a teacher and then from 1912 principal at Newcastle-upon-Tyne’s Conservatoire.  In 1914 he travelled to Bayreuth for the festival when…