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

About the artists

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. The choristers rehearse on weekday mornings at 8.00am before a normal school day in preparation for the week’s music. In any normal week the Cathedral Choir sings for at least 5 services.

The choristers are educated at Portsmouth Grammar School that, as such acts as our choir school. Opportunities exist for counter-tenor, tenor or basses who, having completed their school or university education, are looking for the chance to sing and work within a cathedral foundation for a year with a Choral Scholarship.

The choir plays an important role in the life of the Diocese and City by singing at Ordination, Confirmation, Civic and Remembrance services. The choir is often invited to sing at churches throughout the Diocese of Portsmouth. The Royal Marines’ School of Music is now based in Portsmouth, and the choir and Orchestra or Band of the Royal Marines regularly work together.

The choir has been at the heart of recent DDay Commemorations in Caen and Bayeux in Normandy, France and here in the UK. The ceremonies saw BBC Radio broadcasts, a concert in Caen with the London Mozart Players and appearing at the International Service of Remembrance at Bayeux in the presence of HM The Queen, President of France and The Prime Minster and an International Drumhead Service on Southsea Common in the presence of The Princess Royal.

The 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar and death of Lord Nelson involved the choir performing at a number of international and national events. Notable amongst those was the International Drumhead Ceremony during in the International Festival of the Sea in June, and at events aboard Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory, during Trafalgar Week (including three BBC radio and TV broadcasts). Our ‘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.

David Price

In addition to his duties as Organist & Master of Choristers at Portsmouth Cathedral, Dr. David Price serves on the committee of RSCM Portsmouth and is a member of the Council of the Royal School of Church Music. The University of Portsmouth 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 2009 his St John Passion for Good Friday was published by Encore Publications in a series of the gospel passions alongside John Scott, Philip Moore and Richard Lloyd. In 2013 he was elected to an Honorary Fellowship of The Guild of Church Musicians.

  • O Saviour Christ - June Clark
  • Missa Brevis: Kyrie - June Clark
  • Missa Brevis: Gloria - June Clark
  • Missa Brevis: Sanctus & Benedictus - June Clark
  • Missa Brevis: Agnus Dei - June Clark
  • There Is a Balm in Gilead - June Clark
  • Simple Gifts - June Clark
  • To Sing Thy Love - June Clark
  • Pilgrim's Blessing - June Clark
  • Toccata Brilliante - June Clark
  • The Dell (Fancy That! Eight Songs for Children) - June Clark
  • O Where Is Young Christopher? (Fancy That! Eight Songs for Children) - June Clark
  • Captain Leather (Fancy That! Eight Songs for Children) - June Clark
  • The Miller (Fancy That! Eight Songs for Children) - June Clark
  • The Colonel's Gallop (Fancy That! Eight Songs for Children) - June Clark
  • Mr. Pennyfather (Fancy That! Eight Songs for Children) - June Clark
  • Spring Breezes (Fancy That! Eight Songs for Children) - June Clark
  • Og (Fancy That! Eight Songs for Children) - June Clark
  • Burlesca - June Clark
  • Sleep Now O Babe of Bethlehem - June Clark
  • Let Us Light a Candle to the Christ Child - June Clark
  • Deck the Hall - arr. June Clark
  • Ding, Dong! Merrily on High - arr. June Clark
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas - arr. June Clark
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Credits

Catalogue number: CR013

Choir Portsmouth Cathedral Choirs
Organist William Drakett
Conductor David Price

Photography Tom Kuglin
Engineering Adrian Green, Kevin Hodgson
Mastering Adaq Khan
Producer Adrian Green, June Clark
Creative Director John Bevan
Executive Producer Adrian Green

Recorded May, November, 2012
Venue Portsmouth Cathedral
Total Duration 62 mins

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