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CD Release: William Mathias - Choral Music

The latest CD from Cathedral's choirs is released this month on the Naxos label. William Mathias - Choral Music was recorded last summer, and is sung by the Abbey Girls Choir and the Lay Clerks of the Cathedral Choir under the direction of Tom Winpenny. Michael Papadopoulos, former Organ Scholar, accompanies the choir. The recording features a wide range of music by the renowned Welsh composer, who died in 1992. Mathias' lively style is exemplified in the anthem Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and the Jesus College Service. The more reflective side of his work is featured in his setting of The Lord's Prayer (a world premiere recording) and As truly as God is our Father. The CD also includes the famous Christmas cycle Ave Rex and a carol sequence for upper voices – Salvator mundi – in which the Abbey Girls Choir is joined by Orchestra Nova.

Tom Winpenny, Director of the Abbey Girls Choir, said 'Making a recording is always a highlight for the choir, and is the culmination of many months work. The music of William Mathias is some of the most exuberant and varied in the modern repertoire, and the girls and Lay Clerks much enjoyed performing it and rising to its challenges'.

The recording is available from the Cathedral Shop or via the Cathedral Office, price £6.99.

More information about the recording may be found on the Naxos website:

https://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.573523

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