New Recording of Mozart by St Albans Cathedral Choir
Thu, 28 March 2013
Naxos is releasing in March 2013 as its featured choral disc of the month a recording by St Albans Cathedral Choir of three choral works by Mozart.
The disc includes two settings of the latin Mass in B flat and in D major and one his most beautiful early works, a setting of the Regina coeli which also features the soprano soloist, Elizabeth Cragg, whose wonderful singing can be heard on the disc issued in 2011 of music by John Rutter. The choir on this disc is accompanied by Sinfonia Verdi, an orchestra of professional players who live locally in North London and Hertfordshire, and soloists Deborah Miles-Johnson, Daniel Auchincloss and Lawrence White who all have local connections.
This disc is the third to be released from St Albans Cathedral by Naxos (the world’s largest independent classical music label), following on from the huge international success of the Cathedral Choirs’ joint recording of music by John Rutter, and the Abbey Girls Choir’s disc of choral music by Mendelssohn.
Andrew Lucas, the conductor of this recording and Master of the Music at the Cathedral, said ‘This recording has been a wonderful project for the boys and men of the choir, displaying the high standards that the choir achieves each week in its services in the Cathedral and taking it to a much wider audience all over the world. Our previous recording of music by Rutter was one of Naxos’s best selling discs of 2011 and it will be good to build on that reputation with another disc, this time singing the glorious music of Mozart. Elizabeth Cragg’s performance of the solo part in Regina coeli is a definite highlight’!
Also on the disc Tom Winpenny plays Mozart’s famous Fantasia in F minor (K608) for organ on the rich and clear toned Harrison organ in the Cathedral.
Copies of disc are priced £6.99 and will be available from the Cathedral Shop.
Issued by: Gemma Saunders, Music Department Secretary
For further information, please contact Hayley Lewis,
Marketing & Visitor Officer, St Albans Cathedral
Tel: 01727 890204, e-mail: email@example.com
On behalf of the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban
NOTES FOR EDITORS
St Albans Cathedral Choir has a thousand year old musical heritage which was interrupted by the dissolution of the monastery in 1539. In 1877 a choir was again formed, after 238 years, and is committed to sing services and attend rehearsals every day of the week, except one, during school term time.
The boys rehearse before and after normal school on three weekdays and sing services on those days and on Saturdays and Sundays.
The dedication and high standard of the choir and its international reputation has been hard won. Many of the ex-choristers, together with those from the Abbey Girls Choir, carry on their singing through their teens in the Abbey Singers, and have then gone on to gain choral and organ scholarships at university, continuing to enjoy and develop the experience they gained as young singers here.
The twelve Lay Clerks are a dedicated and highly skilled group of musicians who nevertheless, in the main, earn their living outside the music profession who sing weekend services and concerts.
Under their current director, Andrew Lucas, the choir has toured Sweden (1999 & 2011), Rome, Haarlem (Netherlands) and France (2001 & 2009) and a major tour of the USA in 2006. In May 2013, the choir travels to Loreto, Italy – to include services in the Basilica, Loreto and concerts in Loreto and Fano.
The choir has made many CD recordings over the last three decades, including in recent years discs of music by Stanford (Priory Records) Christmas Music and a disc of German Romantic Choral and Organ music (Lammas) and most recently of music by John Rutter (Naxos), which was released in 2011.
The recording catalogue number is Naxos 8.573092.