Portsmouth Cathedral Choir: The Echo of Angels


A collection of plainsong and chant, performed by Portsmouth Cathedral Choir and David Price.


About this release

“He Who Sings Prays Twice”, so said St Augustine of Hippo.

The music of Gregorian Chant, or plainsong is the Church’s most ancient form of chanted prayer, and perhaps its most haunting and beautiful. It can transport, delight and transform. This recording is a snapshot of how plainsong is used at Portsmouth Cathedral, from the simplest of psalms sung at weekday Evensong, a great hymn marking a major Feast Day such as Veni Creator for Pentecost, or through its use in simple motets as set here by the Cathedral’s Director of Music, David Price.

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. Read more

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.

  • Advent prose - arr. Stephen Cleobury
  • Hodie Christus natus est - arr. Benjamin Britten
  • Verbum infans - arr. David Price
  • Echo carol - arr. David Price
  • Psalm 85 - 7th tone, 7th ending
  • Missa de Angelis: Kyrie - arr. Adrian Lucas
  • Missa de Angelis: Gloria - arr. Adrian Lucas
  • Missa de Angelis: Sanctus & Benedictus - arr. Adrian Lucas
  • Missa de Angelis: Agnus Dei - arr. Adrian Lucas
  • Psalm 42 - 3rd tone, 4th ending
  • Lent prose - arr. John Scott
  • Veni Creator Spiritus - trad. chant
  • Missa Deus genitor alme: Kyrie - trad.
  • Missa Deus genitor alme: Sanctus & Benedictus - trad.
  • Missa Deus genitor alme: Agnus Dei - trad.
  • Benedictus - arr. David Price
  • Adoro te devote - arr. David Price
  • Organ Meditation on Adoro te devote - Arthur Wills
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Catalogue number: CR025

Choir Portsmouth Cathedral Choir
Organist Oliver Hancock, William Wallace
Conductor David Price

Photography Various
Engineering Adaq Khan, Kevin Hodgson
Mastering Adaq Khan
Producer Sam Gladstone
Programme Editorial David & Kitty Price
Creative Director John Bevan
Executive Producer Adrian Green

Recorded March, 2014
Venue Portsmouth Cathedral
Total Duration 59 mins

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