• 2. Open Thou mine eyes - Officium Divinum, Margaret Rizza, (CR022)
  • 8. Deposuit - Magnificat, Oliver Tarney (CR030)
  • 14. Forvarskvall - Forvarskvall, David Wikander (CR017)
  • 7. Oh! for a closer walk with God - Stanford: Choral Music (CR027)
  • 13. Nearer, My God, to Thee - Music for Seafarers, Lowell Mason arr. Malcolm Archer (CR010)
  • 7. Requiem in D Minor Op. 48 VII. In Paradisum - Gabriel Fauré arr. Michael Higgins (CR016)
  • 3. Cantar Del Alma - Iberian Colours, Federico Mompou (CR029)

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What’s Hot: Margaret Rizza: Officium Divinum

‘A chant starts in the head and begins the longest journey in the world’

This beautiful album of choral music continues to be a best-seller. Recorded by Convivium Singers under the direction of guest conductor, Eamonn Dugan, the music is structured into four sections which cover morning, midday, evening and night prayer. The disc was released alongside a music publication by the RSCM in 2013 and has since been used as part of a DDay 70  commemorative edition of Songs of Praise on BBC1 (June 2014). It is also regularly featured as part of the Pray as you go podcast service.


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Coming Up: Dan Locklair: Gloria (Sacred Choral Works)

25 May 2016
This long-awaited CD brings together pieces composed with texts that come from across the liturgical year. The works represent the style of Dan Locklair’s vocal music and show his skill and imagination in settings for a cappella choir, pieces for voices with organ accompaniment, and the central work Gloria with large choral forces, brass octet and percussion. At the core of all these pieces is the text and Dan Locklair’s setting of it.

From the extreme complexity of the contrapuntal and virtuosic writing in the Gloria, to the simplicity of the restful The Lord Bless You and Keep You with its unison declamations, there is a common trait: the compositions are a personal and deeply expressive response to the texts, being set with care, vision and with faith. Repeated listening will serve to deepen our appreciation of Dan Locklair’s considerable compositional gifts, and also our own understanding of the very texts themselves.

The Gloria was recorded at Romsey Abbey in March 2015 under the masterful direction of Malcolm Archer with The Portsmouth Grammar School Chamber Choir & Winchester College Chapel Choir, whilst the rest of the disc was completed at Keble College Chapel, Oxford, in September 2013 by Sospiri, conducted by Chris Watson.