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:…

Patrick Hawes (Born 1958): The Lord’s Prayer

Patrick Hawes was born in Lincolnshire he studied music as an organ scholar at St Chad’s College, Durham University, and took up a variety of teaching posts including firstly at Pangbourne College (1981-1990) and then as Composer in Residence for Charterhouse School (1990-1997) before quitting teaching to devote himself to composing. He spent some time…

Stephen Paulus (1949 – 2014): Splendid Jewel

This is Paulus’ setting of ‘Splendid Jewel’ a fourteenth-century lauda found in the Florence Laudario. Laude were songs in praise of God (laudes Domini) written in vernacular Italian  and performed by Franciscan priests and other mendicant preachers in line with St Francis of Assisi’s instruction to his followers to preach and to sing God’s praises…

Arvo Pärt (b1935): Spiegel im Spiegel

I suppose that outside of his choral music Spiegel im Spiegel (Mirror in the Mirror) must be Pärt’s most famous piece of music. He wrote it in 1978 shortly before he left Estonia for Berlin scoring it originally for violin and piano (it’s subsequently been performed in versions including inter alia clarinet, flute, horn, viola,…