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November 2014 Minimise

The current Catalogue at present on the website contains all Cathedral Music titles up to the end of June 2014 – that is, up to CM 1130.  As will be apparent, this is the point at which the RSCM has officially taken over Cathedral Music Ltd.  However, they are keeping the Cathedral Music catalogue as a self-contained entity, and it will continue to develop.  Since that date, four new titles have already appeared:-

CM 1131  Ashfield, Robert (1911-2006)       Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in D mi.       £1.90

This is a reissue of a simple but much-loved unison setting of the Evening Canticles. Written for the students of the Rochester Theological College, it is an interesting setting that - in the composer’s introduction - casts new light on the often-sung words. It is the first in a series of reissues of his church music that will be appearing in the next few months.

CM 1132  Hewitt Jones, Thomas                   Trust in the Lord                                       £2.50

Since winning the BBC Young Composer Competition in 2003, Thomas Hewitt Jones has become increasingly well known, and his music is now performed, broadcast and published all over the world. This beautiful anthem for SATB and Organ sets words from the Book of Proverbs, and was written for the Choir of St Barnabas, Dulwich for the Installation of the church’s new Vicar on 22nd September this year.   

CM 1133  Grier, Francis (b 1955)                 O God, in my deeds                                     £1.30

Francis Grier is one of this country’s foremost composers of church music, and Cathedral Music is proud to be the publisher of all his recent music. This anthem, for soprano solo and unaccompanied divisi SATB choir, sets words from the Carmina Gadelica, and was written for Aidan Oliver and the Choir of St Margaret’s Westminster, who gave its first performance on 2nd November. The ethereal opening gives way to a gathering intensity that matches the words, and it finishes in a blaze of glory.

CM 1134  Grier, Francis                                Jesu, swete sone dear                                  £1.30

This carol was commissioned by Geoffrey Webber and the Choir of Caius College, Cambridge, and will receive its first performance there this Christmastide. The mediaeval words are set in atmospheric fashion – the ascetic opening reflecting the spartan setting of the bare stable, building to a richer climax before dying away again at the end. The setting is for soprano and tenor soloists, with unaccompanied divisi SATB choir.

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CM 1128         Grier, Francis                         Death, be not proud                                 £3.00

The contrast between the two previous titles and this magnificent anthem can hardly be overstated. It was commissioned by Paul Trepte and the Choir of Ely Cathedral, and given its first performance there on Remembrance Sunday. The organ has a dramatic role to play, not only enhancing the effect of the choral writing but itself commenting eloquently on the apocalyptic sentiments of John Donne’s poem. The quieter, more reflective sections are given mainly to the SSAT soloists, while the choir (with divisi writing) engage full-on in the struggle with death.  This is a work that will add immensely to the musical commemorations of the Great War, and has already received a second performance in Bristol given by David Ogden and his Exultate Singers.