How Shall I Sing That Majesty


Hymns performed by The Cathedral Singers of Christ Church, OxfordDavid Bannister, directed by John Padley.


About this release

The tradition of hymn singing is one of the central parts of Christian heritage and liturgy. The singing of hymns has had, and continues to have, a significant importance in the Church today whether that be in the form of plainsong, chorales or the contribution of the Protestant traditions of Western Europe. This recording seeks to capture some of the nest of these hymns as well as to introduce some contemporary tunes and illustrate how composers have adapted them as settings for choirs.

About the artists

David Bannister

David Bannister is currently Organist to the Cathedral Singers of Christ Church, Oxford, where he plays for daily services, assists in the direction of the choir, and acts as mentor to the Organ Scholars. He is Choir Director at St John’s College, Oxford, and Master of the Music at Pusey House.

As an organist, he has performed and recorded with a range of groups, including The King’s Singers and Charivari Agréable.

David is also founding Director of the professional vocal ensemble, Vespri Segreti, who perform a wide range of predominantly early choral repertoire.

He continues his organ studies with Stephen Farr, Director of Music, St Paul’s Knightsbridge.

Cathedral Singers of Christ Church, Oxford

The Cathedral Singers of Christ Church is one of the most active choirs of its type in the country. A mixed-voice, voluntary choir, its main role is to maintain Christ Church Cathedral’s daily pattern of sung worship at times when the main Cathedral Choir is away or on vacation. The choir comprises talented amateur musicians from the local area, from young professionals to professorial fellows. Its repertoire spans from Renaissance polyphony to new music.

In addition to its liturgical duties, the choir’s activities extend to concerts, tours, recordings, workshops, and visits to sing services at other UK cathedrals. The choir also has an educational role, sponsoring Sixth Form Choral Scholarships, and participating in Faculty of Music examinations for the University. In July 2018, the choir celebrated its 40th anniversary.

CD Booklet
  • King of Glory, King of Peace - tune. Ballards, arr. Adrian Lucas
  • Soul of My Saviour - tune. Anima Christi, arr. William Maher
  • Love Divine, All Loves Excelling - tune. Blaenwern, arr. William Rowlands
  • O Thou Who Camest from Above - tune. Hereford, arr. Samual Sebastian Wesley
  • Ye Holy Angels Bright - tune. Darnell's 148th, arr. John Darwell
  • Jesu, Love of My Soul - tune. Aberystwyth, arr. Joseph Parry
  • Jerusalem on High - Sir Frederick Ouseley
  • Angel-Voices Ever Singing - tune. Angel Voices, arr. Edwin Monk
  • Virgin-Born, We Bow Before Thee - tune. German Medieval Melody, arr. Julian Dams
  • There's a Wideness in God's Mercy - tune. Coverdale, arr. Maurice Bevan
  • O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus - Thomas Williams
  • Come Down, O Love Divine - William Harris
  • When I Survey the Wondrous Cross - tune. Rockingham, arr. Edward Miller
  • Long Since in Egypt's Plenteous Land - Charles Hubert Parry
  • Abide with Me - tune. Eventide, arr. William Monk
  • How Shall I Sing That Majesty - tune. Coe Fen, arr. Ken Naylor
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Catalogue number: CR021

Choir The Cathedral Singers of Christ Church, Oxford
Trumpet Richard Powell, Kevin Ransom
Organist David Bannister
Conductor John Padley

Cover Image Simon Williamson
Photography Various
Engineering Adaq Khan
Mastering Adaq Khan
Producer Simon Williamson
Creative Director Mike Cooter
Executive Producer Adrian Green

Recorded 9, 10 March 2013
Venue The Chapel of Wellington College, Berkshire
Total Duration 48 mins

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