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It is with great delight that we announce the official launch of the Cathedral Choir and Consort’s first DVD ‘Carols from St George’s Cathedral’.

Recorded by the ABC in September of this year, the DVD features the full Cathedral Choir and Consort in the Chancel, and a semi-chorus group in the Soldiers’ Chapel. The Cathedral was lit specially for the occasion, decorated with seasonal flowers, and the beauty of the building comes across warmly in this sensitively-edited HD-format production.

The sound-engineering reveals the immaculate clarity to the choral works, both new and old. Traditional congregational carols such as Once in Royal David’s City and O come all ye faithful are matched with challenging 20th and 21st century repertoire including Kenneth Leighton’s Lully Lulla and the 2012 Paula & David Tunley Composition Competition winner Christus Natus Est by Perth’s own Perry Joyce. Works by popular composers from very different epochs of choral music, Gardner and Handel, complement arrangements of traditional carols by Rutter and Ledger. Morten Lauridsen’s hauntingly beautiful O Magnum Mysterium is perhaps the highlight of the choral recordings, and the performance of theDupré Variations sur un Noël by Joseph Nolan (internationally recognized for his interpretation of the French organ repertoire) reveals the subtle versatility of the West Organ (Knud Smenge, 1993).

The Launch takes place immediately after 5pm Choral Evensong, which, sung by the Choristers of the Cathedral Choir, directed by Joseph Nolan, includes Geoffrey Burgon’s solo-voice Nunc Dimittis (made popular by the television adaptation of Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy) and Mendelssohn's I waited for the Lord. As this Evensong falls near the Feast of St Nicholas, Patron of Children, the roles of the Bishop, Dean, Preacher, Precentor, Canons, and others are fulfilled by young people in what is known as the Boy Bishop tradition.

Joseph Nolan will speak about the music and the recording, sample tracks will be played, and the DVD will be available for sale ($30); all in the convivial family atmosphere of pre-Christmas drinks.

Carols from St George’s Cathedral

carols from st georges cathedral dvd cover for webOnce in Royal David’s City

Tomorrow shall be my Dancing Day (Gardner)

A Spotless Rose (Howells)

Christus Natus Est (Joyce)

I wonder as I wander (Rutti)

Tomorrow shall be my Dancing Day (Rutter)

O Magnum Mysterium (Lauridsen)

Lully Lulla (Leighton)

For unto us a Child is Born (Handel)

Silent Night

Sussex Carol (arr. Ledger)

O come all ye faithful

Variations sur un Noël (Dupré)

 

Date: Sunday, 8 December 2013

Time: 5.00pm

Venue: The Cathedral. To find us, please click here.

It is with great delight that we announce the official launch of the Cathedral Choir and Consort’s first DVD ‘Carols from St George’s Cathedral’.

Recorded by the ABC in September of this year, the DVD features the full Cathedral Choir and Consort in the Chancel, and a semi-chorus group in the Soldiers’ Chapel. The Cathedral was lit specially for the occasion, decorated with seasonal flowers, and the beauty of the building comes across warmly in this sensitively-edited HD-format production.

The sound-engineering reveals the immaculate clarity to the choral works, both new and old. Traditional congregational carols such as Once in Royal David’s City and O come all ye faithful are matched with challenging 20th and 21st century repertoire including Kenneth Leighton’s Lully Lulla and the 2012 Paula & David Tunley Composition Competition winner Christus Natus Est by Perth’s own Perry Joyce. Works by popular composers from very different epochs of choral music, Gardner and Handel, complement arrangements of traditional carols by Rutter and Ledger. Morten Lauridsen’s hauntingly beautiful O Magnum Mysterium is perhaps the highlight of the choral recordings, and the performance of theDupré Variations sur un Noël by Joseph Nolan (internationally recognized for his interpretation of the French organ repertoire) reveals the subtle versatility of the West Organ (Knud Smenge, 1993).

The Launch takes place immediately after 5pm Choral Evensong, which, sung by the Choristers of the Cathedral Choir, directed by Joseph Nolan, includes Geoffrey Burgon’s solo-voice Nunc Dimittis (made popular by the television adaptation of Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy) and Mendelssohn's I waited for the Lord. As this Evensong falls near the Feast of St Nicholas, Patron of Children, the roles of the Bishop, Dean, Preacher, Precentor, Canons, and others are fulfilled by young people in what is known as the Boy Bishop tradition.

Joseph Nolan will speak about the music and the recording, sample tracks will be played, and the DVD will be available for sale ($30); all in the convivial family atmosphere of pre-Christmas drinks.

Carols from St George’s Cathedral

carols from st georges cathedral dvd cover for webOnce in Royal David’s City

Tomorrow shall be my Dancing Day (Gardner)

A Spotless Rose (Howells)

Christus Natus Est (Joyce)

I wonder as I wander (Rutti)

Tomorrow shall be my Dancing Day (Rutter)

O Magnum Mysterium (Lauridsen)

Lully Lulla (Leighton)

For unto us a Child is Born (Handel)

Silent Night

Sussex Carol (arr. Ledger)

O come all ye faithful

Variations sur un Noël (Dupré)

 

Date: Sunday, 8 December 2013

Time: 5.00pm

Venue: The Cathedral. To find us, please click here.