The Choirs of St Albans Cathedral release new recording of Rutter's 'Psalmfest'
On Friday 29th April 2016, the much anticipated recording of Rutter’s Psalmfest by the Choirs of St Albans Cathedral is to be released.
This will be the first complete recording of Psalmfest; most of the nine movements of this work have been recorded individually, but not all together or with full orchestration.
Andrew Lucas, Conductor and St Albans Cathedral’s Master of the Music, said:
“Following the success of our recording in 2010 of John Rutter’s Gloria, Magnificat and Te Deum (8.572653) I felt it would be good to make another recording of Rutter’s music and we eventually saw an opportunity to make the first complete recording of his Psalmfest. We greatly enjoyed the vibrant energy and sheer beauty of Rutter’s writing, especially relishing the rich orchestral scoring.”
The recording boasts a first class line up of soloists, which include Elizabeth Cragg, Pascal Charbonneau and Mike Allen, as well as accompaniment from the world renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. They join the talented youngsters of the Cathedral Choir and Abbey Girls’ Choir, as well as Organist and Assistant Master of the Music, Tom Winpenny.
Psalmfest is available to purchase online and in the Cathedral shop from 29th April.
Notes for Editors:
About St Albans Cathedral Choir
St Albans Cathedral Choir was re-founded in 1877 when the Abbey church became a Cathedral. Unlike many English Cathedral choirs, there is no choir school; the boys rehearse before and after going to the normal schools in the area and sing a service of Choral Evensong on three weekdays and three services with the ‘Lay Clerks’ (men) each weekend. The Lay Clerks are a dedicated group of musicians who, in the main, earn their living outside the music profession. Under Lucas’s direction they have made nine international concert tours, broadcasts on radio and television and has made five recordings.
About St Albans Abbey Girls Choir
St Albans Abbey Girls Choir was formed in 1996 and consists of up to 26 girls between the ages of 8 and 14. The choir sings Evensong twice a week, and the girls aged are drawn from many local schools. The choir is regarded as one of the finest ensembles of its type in the UK, and has made a number of CD recordings including releases on the Naxos label of music by Felix Mendelssohn (2012) and William Mathias (2016).
About Andrew Lucas
Andrew Lucas has been Master of the Music at St Albans Cathedral and Music Director of St Albans Bach Choir since 1998. He has made many recordings as an organist and conductor, and has played concerts throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States. This is his fourth recording for Naxos, the first as organ soloist (8.550955) and the others conducting music by Rutter (8.572653) and Mozart (8.573092).