Triumph Song

Hugh Benham: A Triumph Song (CR011)

Review by Stuart Robinson

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This is an excellent CD of compositions by Hugh Benham, organist and choir director of St Boniface, Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire, and a writer of academic and educational articles. It makes for devotional listening, and will also be of interest to church choir directors looking for accessible pieces with straightforward part-writing. Titles include Let my prayer rise before you, O sacrum convivium and Ave Maria. Convivium Singers, a group drawing members from all over the UK, includes some at the start of their performing careers. They are in excellent voice: the sound is clean and fresh, and either energetic or expressive as the mood of each piece dictates. Also included are four organ pieces. The Chorale is redolent of Howells, whilst the remainder have a whiff of the French organ school about them –  one of them distinctly in the Tournemier vein.

Stuart Robinson, Church Music Quarterly, 10th July 2013

Further Information

Church Music Quarterly

Church Music Quarterly (CMQ) is the RSCM magazine, published in March, June, September and December of each year. It is available exclusively to Members and Friends of the RSCM.

CMQ offers expert advice, information, news and inspiration to around 40,000 readers worldwide – from organists, choir directors and church music leaders to clergy, singers, instrumentalists and supporters who love and care about music in worship.

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