The Shadow of Thy Wings - Music for Compline CD

The Shadow of Thy Wings - Music for Compline CD

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The debut recording by the Merbecke Choir of Southwark Cathedral, directed by Huw Morgan. The Merbecke Choir is the Cathedral s volunteer choir of young adults, formed to give former choristers a chance to continue singing in the Cathedral as well as offering the same opportunity to young professionals and students in the diocese. The choir is named after the Tudor composer John Merbecke, who was tried at the Cathedral and condemned to death for heresy, only to be pardoned as he was a ‘mere musician’.

The choir is probably unique in the UK in having the office of Compline as its principal service: this CD offers a portrait of the choir s repertoire for that service, as well as the office itself complete with psalms, readings and prayers, officiated by the Cathedral s succentor Anna Macham.

The music includes magnificent double choir settings by Victoria, Peter Philips and Giovanni Croce, as well as more intimate Renaissance works. Contemporary composers are well-represented, including three first recordings of pieces by John Pickard, Alexander Campkin and the choir s director, Huw Morgan. The programme is rounded off by Gustav Holst s glorious 8-voice setting of the Nunc Dimittis, composed for Compline at Westminster Cathedral in 1915.

1. Ave Regina Caelorum a 8 - The Merbecke Choir
  2. Vidi Speciosam - The Merbecke Choir
  3. Salvum Fac Populum Tuum Domine - The Merbecke Choir
  4. Factus Est Repente - The Merbecke Choir
  5. Sent from God - The Merbecke Choir
  6. Hosanna to the Son of David - The Merbecke Choir
  7. The Word of the Cross - The Merbecke Choir
  8. Salve Regina a 8 - The Merbecke Choir
  9. In Manus Tuas - The Merbecke Choir
  10. Introduction and Preces - Various Performers
  11. Hymn - Various Performers
  12. Psalm 4 - Various Performers
  13. Psalm 91 - Various Performers
  14. Psalm 134 - Various Performers
  15. Scripture Reading and Responsory - Various Performers
  16. Nunc Dimittis - The Merbecke Choir
  17. Prayers, Collects, Dismissal - Various Performers
  18. Alma Redemptoris Mater - The Merbecke Choir
  19. Regina Caeli a 8 - The Merbecke Choir
  20. Psaume 121 - The Merbecke Choir
  21. Nunc Dimittis - The Merbecke Choir
  22. Ubi Caritas - The Merbecke Choir
  23. Nunc Dimittis - The Merbecke Choir