SANSARA: Cloths of Heaven


Cloths Of Heaven performed by award winning vocal ensemble SANSARA.


About this release

“For this project, the aim was to capture our approach to live performance and to record a narrative programme that takes the listener on an emotional and spiritual journey. Following the broad trajectory of a requiem, beginning with Cardoso’s Introitus (from his own six-part Requiem) and ending with James MacMillan’s Lux aeterna, this recording seeks to confront the darker aspects of human experience whilst also looking towards the future with optimism. As in our concert programmes, pieces from the masters of the Renaissance are presented alongside new compositions, five of which are recorded here for the first time.” Tom Herring, co-founder & conductor, SANSARA

Commissioned Programme Note

Since its foundation in 2013, SANSARA has adopted a unique and innovative approach to programming. Rather than focusing on single composers or music from a particular era, our programmes explore thematic and textual links between pieces from the early Renaissance through to the present day, drawing on the often evocative associations they inspire.

Through the juxtaposition of a broad range of musical styles and compositional practices, our programmes offer an eclectic presentation of choral music and its vividly human aesthetics.

The aim of this disc is to capture our approach to programming and live performance, with fifteen pieces ranging from the sixteenth century through to the present day. Read more

About the artists


SANSARA is an award-winning vocal ensemble focused on the performance of a cappella choral music.

As a collective body of voices, a choir is a living, breathing instrument with unparalleled expressive potential. Sansara realises this through direct and honest music-making, always striving to conjure compelling atmospheres, communicating with clarity and integrity.

SANSARA works as a chamber ensemble without a single director or conductor. The result is a highly engaging and versatile group of professional musicians, working together with a unified voice to express a shared artistic vision.

The choir has rapidly gained a reputation for captivating performances of a broad range of repertoire, juxtaposing choral music old and new in vivid narrative programmes, tying thematic and textual links into rich musical-poetic live experiences.

CD Booklet
  • Introitus - Manuel Cardoso
  • Emendemus in melius - William Byrd
  • Lugebat David Absalon - Nicolas Gombert
  • Memento homo - William Byrd
  • Wie sich ein Vat'r erbarmet - Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst - Rudolf Mauersberger
  • Abendlied - Josef Rheinberger
  • Leit uns mit deiner rechten Hand - Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Nunc dimittis - Gustav Holst
  • O come, let us sing unto the Lord - Cheryl Frances-Hoad
  • Our flags are wafting in hope and grief - Gabriel Jackson
  • Tantum ergo - Marco Galvani
  • Cloths of Heaven - Malcolm Archer
  • A prayer of St Richard of Chichester - Oliver Tarney
  • Lux aeterna - James MacMillan
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Catalogue number: CR037

Ensemble SANSARA
Conductor Tom Herring, tr. 1,5,6,15
Conductor Jack Butterworth, tr. 9,11,13
Conductor Benjamin Cunningham, tr. 2,3,4,12,14
Conductor Meghan Quinnlan, tr. 7,8,10

Photography Various
Engineering Adaq Khan
Mastering Adaq Khan
Producer Andrew King
Creative Director John Bevan
Executive Producer Adrian Green

Recorded 23, 24 June, 2016
Venue Merton College, Oxford
Total Duration 66 mins

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