Earlier this year St Albans Cathedral Girls Choir, alongside the Lay Clerks, recorded a sequence of carols and anthems by acclaimed Hertfordshire composer Elizabeth Poston (1905-1987). The recording has been generously supported by St Albans Cathedral Music Trust, the Friends of St Albans Cathedral, and by private donors; it is released internationally on Naxos Records.

Elizabeth Poston’s cherished carol Jesus Christ the Apple Tree has left an indelible mark on British choral music, yet of her vast number of other compositions, most have been overlooked until now. This album, mostly of world premiere recordings – such as the captivating Christmas sequence The Nativity – stands as a momentous tribute to her legacy. It offers choirs worldwide an opportunity to explore Poston's inspiring and beautifully- crafted compositions.

Joining the Cathedral Girls Choir and Lay Clerks of St Albans Cathedral Choir are professional soloists with strong ties to St Albans: Alexandra McPhee, and former St Albans Cathedral Choristers Nina Vinther, Izzi Blain and Oliver Martin-Smith. The organist for the recording is Oliver Morrell, the Cathedral’s current Organ Scholar.

Tom Winpenny, Assistant Master of the Music and Director of the Girls Choir, said,

"This recording is a testament to the tireless efforts and immense musical gifts of the Cathedral’s choristers and Lay Clerks. It's a milestone in sharing Elizabeth Poston's remarkable music and in furthering the Cathedral’s rich musical heritage."

The forthcoming album marks the seventh release by the choirs for Naxos, and this late November launch is perfectly timed for the festive season. The CD is available to purchase in the Cathedral shop, or online.