June Clark: To Sing Thy Love

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June Clark’s ‘To Sing Thy Love’, featuring David Price and Portsmouth Cathedral Choir.

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About this release

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. Alongside a career as an international pianist, she published many vocal and choral works through Charlemagne Music and this recording brings some of these together with performances by Portsmouth Cathedral Choir.

Composer’s Notes

Pilgrim’s Blessing (2008) Anthem SATB CM2515
Music by June Clark, words trad. Celtic Blessing

This was composed in 2008 for the Alston Moor Parish Choir, of which June Clark was the choir director. It was sung at Festal Evensong to celebrate the close of the Alston Moor Six Church Festival. The opening solo was sung then, as on this recording, by June’s son, Nick Pepin (counter tenor). ‘May the road rise up to greet you’…’may the hills around enfold you’ ….words familiar to many. The words are so apt for the hills and moorland of the North Pennines. It is a joyous blessing!

O Saviour Christ (1966) Anthem SATB CM2507a/b
Music by June Clark, words by David Pepin

This anthem was originally composed for the wedding service of June Clark and David Pepin, held in the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St.Alban in 1966 and sung by the choristers with Peter Hurford at the organ.  The words are a compilation from biblical texts, including psalms 16 v11, 121 v8, Isaiah 30 v15, Revelation 22 v20. Scored originally for two treble parts and one alto part it can be used as a wedding or a communion anthem, especially at Whitsuntide or Advent, and sung by either boys or women. This new version SATB is for standard choirs. The work begins and ends in reflective mood.  The middle section is based upon petitions to the Lord Jesus, whilst the final section gathers momentum in an ecstatic moment of joy, and the plea ‘Come, Lord Jesus, Come’, before ending as it began in quiet peaceRead more