The Lost Chord
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About the artists
Alexander Norman is Director of Music at Holy Trinity Church, Coventry. He holds a Master of Music degree from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he studied Choral Conducting with Paul Spicer. Prior to this, Alex was an undergraduate student and organ scholar at Royal Holloway College, University of London where he accompanied the Chapel Choir for weekly services, broadcasts on BBC Radio 2 and 3 (Choral Evensong), and a recording of music by Rihards Dubra on the Hyperion label.
Alex played the organ for the choir in many prestigious cathedrals and churches, including Evensongs at St. Paul’s Cathedral (London), St. George’s Chapel (Windsor), Washington National Cathedral and St. John the Divine Cathedral (New York). Alex has given organ recitals at Birmingham and Coventry Cathedrals as well as local churches. He studied the organ with Rupert Gough and Alistair Reid. As Artistic Director of Convivium Singers, Alex was producer on a number of recordings for Convivium Records, including CDs of choral music by Malcolm Archer and Margaret Rizza. He directed the ensemble at the Tolosa International Choral Contest and at festivals in Italy, Sardinia and the Czech Republic. Alex returns to Tolosa in October 2018 to conduct Convivium Singers at the 50th Anniversary of the Choral Contest. In 2015, Alex founded the Charpentier Ensemble to explore vocal music of the Baroque Era, involving some of the rising stars of the early music scene. He teaches the piano at Blue Coat C of E School, Coventry and is Musical Director of Wythall Commmunity Choir.
Convivium Singers is an award-winning, critically acclaimed choral ensemble, providing opportunities for young singers at the early stages of performing careers, as well as for talented musicians who have chosen not to pursue careers in music. The ensemble specialises in performing and recording sacred and secular music by living European and American composers. It was recently described as ‘an extraordinarily good choir to listen to’ by BBC Radio 3’s ‘CD Review.’
Convivium Singers have released a number of recordings in recent years, collaborating with companies, including the Baltic Exchange, London, and publishers, notably the Royal School of Church Music. Composer discs include works by Jonathan Dove, Margaret Rizza, Malcolm Archer, Carson Cooman, Hugh Benham and Michael Higgins. They have also delved into early music, and their CD of motets by Peter Philips (Convivium Records) received a Choir & Organ five-star review. The choir was filmed at Portsmouth Cathedral in 2014 for a special Songs of Praise programme on BBC1, as part of the DDay70 commemorations.
The Singers often work with established conductors and composers to introduce contemporary music to wider audiences. They were prize-winners at the Tolosa International Choral Contest (2011, Spain). The ensemble has also performed at Milan’s La Fabbrica del Canto festival and in Hradec Králové at the Czech choral festival Sborové slavnosti.
Convivium Singers have a diverse repertoire from traditional choral music to folk-songs, partsongs and popular arrangements.
- You Are The New Day - John David
- Laudibus In Sanctis - William Byrd
- Ave Verum Corpus - Peter Philips
- Linden Lea - Ralph Vaughan Williams
- Oculi Omnium - Charles Wood
- O Sacrum Convivium - Adrian Green
- The Lord Bless You And Keep You - John Rutter
- The Lost Chord - Arthur Sullivan
- Magnificat In C - Charles Villiers Stanford
- Sleep - Eric Whitacre
- The Day Thou Gavest Lord Is Ended - Clement Scholefield
- Mohrentanz - Tielmann Susato
Catalogue Number: CR002
Choir Convivium Singers
Conductor Alexander Norman
Engineering Adrian Green
Mastering Peter O’Toole
Producer Adrian Green
Creative Director John Bevan
Executive Producer Adrian Green
Recorded 9 September 2009, 15 January, 14 May, 2010
Venue Portsmouth Cathedral
Total Duration 42 mins