To Sing Thy Love
Convivium Records presents an album of Choral Music by British composer June Clark, recorded by the choirs of Portsmouth Cathedral and Cantate.
Treble: Jake Austin, Sam Crosby, George Davis-Marks, Harry Davis-Marks, Alexander Dellafera, George Downing, Louie Duncan, Henry Elphick-Smith Freddie Fenton, Tom Gibb, Edward Gregory, Joseph Kooner-Evans, Oliver Lilley, Aadam Mactoom, Ben Nash, Oliver Nash, Jack O’Leary, Dominic Roberts, Joe Russell
Soprano: Lydia Brown, Freya Clare, Abi Clews, Maisie Elliott, Francesca Kooner-Evans, Molly Gibb, Rosie Hammans, Georgia Henderson, Nancy Fenton, Xanthe Gould Lucy Moore, Phoebe Pexton, Emma Ralph, Sophie Rose, Charlotte Rowden, Eliza O’Sullivan, Melissa Talbot, Alice Tilbury, Katrina Trim, Rebecca White, Serena White
Alto: Tim Clifford-Hill, Alasdair Forbes, Tom Jordan, Nick Pepin
Tenor: David Alcindor, Adrian Green, James Hall, Bryn Hughes, Jeremy Smith
Bass: Ieuan Anthony, Harry Bennett, Tim Burtt, Trevor Owen, Ciaran Walshe, James Wilder
Artistic Director: David Price
Accompanists: Will Drakett
With the choirs of Portsmouth Cathedral and Cantate.
Engineering & Mastering: Adaq Khan & Kevin Hodgson
Artist Photography: Jacqui Marie Dunster
Album Photography: Tom Kuglin
Co-Producers: June Clark & Adrian Green
Executive Creative Director: John Bevan
Executive Producer: Adrian Green
On This Disc
01 O Saviour Christ
02 Missa Brevis: Kyrie
03 Missa Brevis: Gloria
04 Missa Brevis: Sanctus & Benedictus
05 Missa Brevis: Agnus Dei
06 There is a Balm in Gilead
07 Simple Gifts
08 To Sing Thy Love
09 Pilgrim’s Blessing
10 Toccata Brilliante
Fancy That: Eight Songs For Children
11 The Dell
12 O Where is Young Christopher
13 Captain Leather
14 The Miller
15 The Colonel’s Gallop
16 Mr. Pennyfather
17 Spring Breezes
20 Sleep now o babe of Bethlehem
21 Let us Light a Candle to the Christ Child
3 Christmas Ensemble Arrangements
22 Deck The Hall
23 Ding, Dong! Merrily on High
24 We Wish you a Merry Christmas
June Clark studied piano and composition at the Royal Academy of Music and later worked as a composer with Alan Bush. Her first works were published whilst still a twenty-year-old student, launched as one of England’s rare women composers.
From the age of 24, composing took a back seat as June developed an international piano career. She studied with Cyril Smith, making her debut as a duo pianist with Joan Ryall during the 1958 Wagner Festival in Bayreuth. A duo-piano career followed with broadcasts on the BBC and appearances at major festivals. In 1967 the duo won First Prize in the International Competition for Interpreters of Contemporary Music in the Netherlands, playing the Stravinsky Concerto for two pianos, and an additional prize for the best performance of a contemporary Dutch work by Louis Andriessen.
Joan died in a tragic accident in 1990, thus ending the 33-year partnership, after which June accompanied her son, Nick Pepin, making arrangements of songs for the countertenor voice. There are three CDs of this era recorded by Charlemagne Music, a company set up by June and her two sons Nick and Tom.
In 1995 she was a founder member of the group Pennine Parnassus which toured England and America giving concerts of piano duet/solo music, songs and poetry readings.
Married to the writer David Pepin and now retired from public performance, June has revived her career in composing. To date her published works number more than fifty and centre on choral and piano composition and arrangements for voices.
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David Price (b. 1969) is Organist and Master of the Choristers at Portsmouth Cathedral. Before he came to Portsmouth he was Assistant Organist of Ely Cathedral having previously held Organ Scholarships at Rochester Cathedral and Croydon Minster. During his time at Ely he toured Germany, Belgium, Holland, Poland and the Czech Republic with the Cathedral Choir. The choir’s John Amner recording for Hyperion was critically acclaimed and Editor’s Choice in ‘The Gramophone’ music magazine. Since he has been at Portsmouth the profile of the cathedral’s music has been raised to new heights through twelve international tours, recordings and regular work for BBC and ITV.
In 2007, Portsmouth University conferred David Price with an Honorary Doctorate of Music in recognition of the significant contribution he has made to the development of music at the cathedral and for his contribution to the cultural life of the city. In 2013 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians. His St. John Passion for Good Friday is published by Encore Publications in a series of the gospel passions alongside John Scott, Philip Moore and Richard Lloyd.
Will Drakett (b. 1992) studies organ, improvisation, harpsichord, voice and choral conducting at Birmingham Conservatoire and holds organ and harpsichord scholarships. Between November 2011 and July 2012 he was Acting Sub-Organist at Portsmouth Cathedral.
David Dixon (b. 1928) was born at Broadstairs, Kent. He worked as a journalist for twenty years on provincial newspapers. He has published two books of poems entitled ‘Kicking Clouds’ and ‘Cloudkickers’ for children, from which some of the poems set to music are taken. During the 1950s, while working in St. Albans, he collaborated with June Clark in the setting of these poems. Now in his 80s he lives in Norwich.
Portsmouth Cathedral Choir
The Cathedral Choir is made up of twenty-four boy choristers and fourteen gentlemen (made up of seven lay-clerks and up to seven choral scholars) who contribute to the pattern of daily cathedral worship singing for at least five services every week. The Choir also sings at various special
services and events both locally, in the Cathedral and the Diocese of Portsmouth, and also internationally. Recent tours have included Belgium, Holland, Sweden, France, Estonia, Denmark and Germany.
The Choir was involved in the 60th Anniversary of DDay commemorations. This trip saw two BBC Radio broadcasts, a concert in Caen with the London Mozart Players and the International Service of Remembrance at Bayeux in the presence of HM The Queen, President Chirac and the Rt Hon Tony Blair. In Trafalgar 200 they performed at the International Drumhead Ceremony, and at events aboard HMS Victory during Trafalgar Week (three BBC radio and TV broadcasts). Their ‘Nelson year’ concluded with a live broadcast of Choral Evensong on BBC Radio 3 on the day 200 years ago that Nelson’s body sailed from Portsmouth to London for his State Funeral.
The Choir has also made a number of recordings, including a reconstruction of music from Lord Nelson’s Funeral year and ‘I look from afar’ – a recording of Advent and Christmas carols, ‘Portsmouth Remembers’ through Guild Records and Harvey Brough’s DDay 60 cantata ‘Valete in Pace’ with The Britten Sinfonia, Clare College Choir, Cambridge, Mark le Broq & Andrew Parrott. This is their second disc with Convivium Records.
Established in 2006, Cantate is Portsmouth Cathedral’s Youth Choir, offering girls and boys the opportunity to sing as part of the daily music-making at Portsmouth Cathedral. The Choir has performed in various concert venues and been involved in Portsmouth Cathedral’s Sing Up Chorister Outreach Programme.The choir has taken part in the annual Portsmouth Festivities and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 & 4. In October 2008 they made their first tour to Paris. They visited Salzburg in December 2009 and performed concerts in The French Alps in 2012. In addition to their schedule of cathedral services for Advent and Christmas they also broadcast Choral Evensong live on BBC Radio 3 with the Cathedral Choir.