Angus Benton: Homeward Bound

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NSPCC Appeal album by Angus Benton covering a journey across the emotions and encounters of childhood. With piano by Malcolm Archer.

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About this release

“The journey of the treble voice is one of the most glories of nature, and also one of the hardest to record. Our idea behind this appeal album was to capture Angus Benton’s young chorister voice at its very best. The music we’ve recorded for this NSPCC Appeal album goes through a journey across the emotions and encounters we all hope our children grow up to remember fondly. This recording hopefully reminds us that nostalgia literally means ‘the pain from old wounds.’ We’ve aimed to capture that rare raw childhood emotion in young chorister song that brings a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memories alone.”

Malcolm Archer

About the artists

Angus Benton

Angus Benton

Angus Benton, aged 12 at the time of this 2016 recording, was one of the sixteen Quiristers who formed the treble line in the Chapel Choir of Winchester College. He has been singing since he was very young and was a member of the choir at St. Luke’s church in Battersea and of the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain before becoming a Quirister at the age of 9. Angus won the BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year Competition in 2015 and has since appeared several times on BBC1’s Songs of Praise. He has also performed regularly on radio in Radio 4’s Daily Service and in Radio 2’s devotional Easter programme At the Foot of the Cross.

Malcolm Archer

Malcolm Archer has had a distinguished career in church music. He held the post of Organist and Director of Music at Bristol, Wells and St Paul’s Cathedral. He was subsequently Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College for eleven years.

Malcolm studied as an RCO scholar at the Royal College of Music and was Organ Scholar at Jesus College Cambridge. His organ teachers were Ralph Downes, Gillian Weir and Nicolas Kynaston.

As an organist and harpsichordist he is in frequent demand. He has given solo concerts all over the world, including the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Europe. His performances with orchestra have included Poulenc’s Organ Concerto and Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony, Brandenburg Concerto No.5 and the Bach keyboard concertos. Malcolm has also performed with the London Symphony Orchestra in a classic rock concert in the Royal Albert Hall. Moreover, he has an extensive concert repertoire and has recorded a wide variety of works including J.S. Bach organ works and Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur. Read more

  • Sweet Chance that led my steps - Michael Head
  • Where'er you walk - George Frideric Handel
  • The Lark in the Clear Air - Phyllis Tate
  • The Skye Boat Song - arr. Malcolm Archer
  • Silent Worship - arr. Arthur Somervell
  • The Ships of Arcady - Michael Head
  • The Song of Wandering Aengus - Malcolm Archer
  • Linden Lea - Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Sleep my baby - arr. Malcolm Archer
  • The Coasts of High Barbary - arr. Malcolm Archer
  • The Ash Grove - arr. Benjamin Britten
  • Molly Malone - arr. Malcolm Archer
  • The Sally Gardens - arr. Benjamin Britten
  • Amazing Grace - arr. Malcolm Archer
  • The Little Road to Bethlehem - Michael Head
  • Auld Lang Syne - arr. Malcolm Archer
  • Homeward Bound - arr. Jay Althouse
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Credits

Catalogue number: CR035

Treble Angus Benton
Piano Malcolm Archer
Cello Julia Desbrulais
Oboe Gareth Hulse
Flute / Piccolo Karen Wills

Photography Hester Marriot
Engineering Adaq Khan
Mastering Adaq Khan
Producer Adrian Green
Creative Director Will Lavender
Executive Producer Adrian Green

Recorded 1, 2, 3 September 2016
Venue Winchester College Music School
Total Duration 50 mins

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