• Hodie! - Alexander L'Estrange (Portsmouth Grammar School)
  • Förvårskväll - David Wikander (Sofia Vokalensemble)
  • The Evening Choir, Op. 959 (2012) For Chorus, Soloists, And Organ - Carson Cooman (Convivium Singers)
  • The Song of Angels - Orlando Gibbons (James Bowman)
  • How Shall I Sing That Majesty - tune: Coe Fen, Ken Naylor (Padley: Oxford)
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What’s Hot: Hodie!

15th September 2014
Announcing Hodie! ‘Contemporary Christmas Carols’, the new disc from Portsmouth Grammar School Chamber Choir under the direction of Sam Gladstone, with Oliver Hancock, Organ. This recording brings together a compelling selection of contemporary Christmas carols and arrangements, a snapsot of a rich and exciting repertoire of Christmas music.

Four of the pieces on this album were commissioned in recent years for the annual Portsmouth Grammar School Christmas Carol Service: Archer’s Angels, from the Realms of Glory, L’Estrange’s Hodie!, Rodney-Bennett’s Coventry Carol and O’Regan’s Ecce Puer.


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Coming Up: Plainsong

27th October 2014
‘He who sings, prays twice’ so said St Augustine of Hippo. The music of Gregorian Chant, or plainsong is the Church’s most ancient form of chanted prayer, and perhaps its most haunting and beautiful. It can transport, delight and transform. This recording is a snapshot of how plainsong is used at Portsmouth Cathedral, from the simplest of psalms as sung at weekday Evensong, or a great hymn marking a major Feast Day such as Veni Creator for Pentecost, or through its use in simple choir motets as set here by the Cathedral’s Director of Music, David Price.