Huw Morgan (born 1975): Alma Redemptoris Mater

The Merbecke Choir under their director Huw Morgan singing Morgan’s setting of the Marian antiphon Alma Redemptoris Mater. I’ve put the text and a translation below the video. Enjoy :-). mfi Alma Redemptoris Mater Alma redemptoris mater, quae pervia caeli porta manes et stella maris: succurre cadenti surgere qui curat populo. Gracious mother of the…

Patrick Hawes (Born 1958): Faint with love

The fourth in Hawes’ exquisite cycle of songs based upon the Song of Songs – enjoy :-. mfi Patrick Hawes (Born 1958): Faint with love Faint with love, My heart, faint with love— so faint. I am falling, yearning, for your touch. Faint with love, My heart, faint with love— so faint. In your shadow…

Patrick Hawes (Born 1958): Rhapsody

This is the second of Hawe’s cycle of five songs based upon the Song of Songs that collection of desert love poetry which prefigures Christianity and provides it with "a language of love that is both sensual and spiritual, of earth and of heaven". Rhapsody’s urgent driving rhythms capture the text’s sense of anticipation perfectly.…

Patrick Hawes (Born 1958): Love’s promise

This is the first of a cycle of five songs based upon the Song of Songs that collection of desert love poetry which prefigures Christianity and provides it with "a language of love that is both sensual and spiritual, of earth and of heaven". Hawes’ five songs take the original texts and using a little…

Gabriel Jackson (1962 –): In all his works

For over thirty years Allan Wicks was Organist and Master of the Choristers at Canterbury Cathedral. Jeremy Backhouse and I both came under his spell as young trebles and for all of us who were privileged to sing for him he was a uniquely inspirational figure whose charisma and musical integrity were profoundly influential. In…

Ēriks Ešenvalds (b1977): Only in sleep

Only in sleep was written in 2010 for the University of Louisville Collegiate Chorale and Cardinal Singers. Sara Teasdale’s nostalgic vision of childhood re-experienced through dreams is expressed in simple verse in regular metre, and Ešenvalds matches this in music of regular four-bar phrases. But infinitely subtle are the chord voicings; a change from humming…

Nunc Dimittis – Huw Morgan (2015)

A setting of the Nunc Dimittis (Luke 2: 29-32) in English by Huw Morgan. Sung here by the Merbecke Choir of Southwark Cathedral. This work is published by Firehead Editions: http://fireheadeditions.com/downloads… Photograph of Muckross Abbey, Ireland, by the composer. www.huwmorgantheorgan.com www.merbecke.org.uk Enjoy :-). mfi

Bayan Northcott (born 1940): Salve Regina

Bayan Northcott was born in Harrow on the Hill north west London in 1940 he read English at Oxford receiving a BA in 1962 and then worked as an English teacher for six years between 1964 and 1970. Musically self-taught he went to the University of Southampton where he studied composition under Alexander Goehr and…

Sweet Day (Vertue) – Ralph Vaughan Williams

Vaughan Williams’ setting of George Herbert’s poem "Vertue". This performance is by the Merbecke Choir of Southwark Cathedral, directed by Huw Morgan, at an event hosted by Poet in the City dedicated to the life and works of George Herbert. Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright, The bridall of the earth and skie:…