Whitgift School: The Tudor Choir Book Vol I


Tudor music performed by the Croydon Minster Choir of Whitgift School, with the English Cornett & Sackbut Enesmble, directed by Ronny Krippner.


About this release

The album includes rare recordings of Tudor instrumental items by Coperario, Bassano and Ferrabosco, captured on period instruments, as well as choral greats from Tallis, Batten, Morley and Phillips, performed by the Croydon Minster Choir of Whitgift School, accompanied by the English Cornett & Sackbut Enesmble and directed by Ronny Krippner.

Commissioned Programme Note

The advent of metrical psalters was mainly, although not exclusively, the trademark of the Protestant church. The Renaissance historian, Dr Jonathan Willis, argues that:

“Metrical Psalmody was a purely optional activity which found a place in the church because of its genuine popular nature […] In attempting to facilitate congregational psalmody, the cathedrals had begun to negotiate for themselves a new religious dynamic, and a new role in English society.”

These psalms were therefore intended to be sung by the choir and the congregation, very much like hymns today. In 1566, a stock of metrical psalters – probably the newly-published Sternhold and Hopkins Psalter of 1562 – was purchased for Canterbury Cathedral, and two of the Psalms on this record were taken from that very same edition, including the well-known Genevan melody to Psalm 100. The orchestral arrangement of the latter is particularly well known today and was written by Ralph Vaughan Williams for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. Read more

About the artists

The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble

English Cornett and Sackbut EnsembleThe English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble is a virtuoso period instrument ensemble with a host of distinguished recordings to its name.

Since its formation in 1993, ECSE has performed at many major music festivals in the UK and abroad. They have held sell-out concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square and the Purcell Room.  Other performances include York Early Music Festival, Bath International Festival, Spitalfields Festival, La Folle Journée, Laus Polyphoniae, and the International Izmir Festival.

ECSE regularly travels abroad with vocal ensembles inlcuding I Fagiolini, Alamire and Cantus Cölln. The group has appeared on numerous CDs. The Spy’s Choirbook with David Skinner and Alamire won the prestigious 2015 Gramophone Award for Early Music.


Following the success of its 5-star debut CD Accendo (2001) ECSE has been involved in a variety of recordings. These include The Madrigal in Venice, a large-scale recording of Andrea Gabrieli’s madrigals with I Fagiolini. It was described as ‘one of the most enthralling madrigal anthologies on the market’.

Its discography also includes the world premiere of Francesco Scarlatti’s ‘Miserere’ with Emma Kirkby and The Armonico Consort. It also includes a critically acclaimed Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, and a CD of music by the Flemish composer Philippe Rogier with the choir of King’s College London, directed by the late (and much missed) David Trendell. 2011 saw the release of Le Divin Arcadelt with Musica Contexta, and a further CD collaboration with I Fagiolini: the world premiere recording of the momentous 40-part mass Ecco si beato giorno by Alessandro Striggio, which scooped both the Gramophone Award for Early Music and the Diapason d’Or.

ECSE has released two further solo discs. The first, entitled A Hanseatic Festival (2004) is a recital of German music.  Flower Of Cities All (2008) features music from Shakespeare’s London. In 2012 ECSE gave solo recitals at the York Early Music Festival, Dartington International Summer School and Kings Place. The same year saw the release of two new recordings. Byrd’s Great Service with Musica Contexta (Chaconne), and the follow-up to the Striggio disc, entitled 1612 Italian Vespers with Robert Hollingworth and I Fagiolini (Decca).  The latter was performed at that years BBC Proms. In 2013 the group also featured on a Peter Philips CD with the choir of Royal Holloway College (Hyperion).


ECSE also works closely with other like-minded instrumental ensembles such as the Monteverdi String Band and the Altenburg Ensemble. They perform regularly with choral societies throughout Britain, including many performances of Claudio Monteverdi’s magnificent 1610 Vespers.

ECSE members also perform individually with some of the worlds leading period instrument groups.  Collaborations include Il Giardino Armonico, The Taverner Consort, Concerto Palatino, the Gabrieli Consort and Players, l’Arpeggiata, The English Baroque Soloists, King’s Consort, Ensemble La Fenice, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Tafelmusik. ECSE also provide music for plays at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on London’s Bankside.

Visit website: English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble

Croydon Minster Choir of Whitgift School

Croydon Minster Choir of Whitgift SchoolThe Choir of Whitgift School is based at Croydon Minster, which is deeply rooted in the Anglican choral tradition. It boasts over 70 singers in its four choirs: the Choir of Boys & Men, the Girls’ Choir, the Choral Scholars and Lay Clerks. There are five choral services each week during term time, as well as regular concerts throughout the year. All choirs have toured, broadcast and recorded.

Over the years, the Minster has developed strong links with Whitgift School and the School has now become a major part of the Minster’s rich choral programme. More than half of the Minster boy choristers attend Whitgift School where they receive a Minster Choristership carrying a remission of day fees of 10%. Whitgift also provides postgraduate Organ and Choral Scholars, as well as professional Lay Clerks to sing regularly with the Minster Boys’ Choir, enabling the Minster to run a busy schedule of cathedral-style choral services.

Ronny Krippner

Ronny Krippner is Organist and Director of Choral Music at Croydon Minster and Whitgift School (London).

Born in Bavaria, Ronny is in the unique position of having been formed in both the German and British choral traditions. He studied organ playing and improvisation with Prof. Franz-Josef Stoiber at the Hochschule für Kirchenmusik in Regensburg while at the same time working as Assistant Choirmaster of the Regensburger Domspatzen” (“Regensburg Cathedral Sparrows”), Regensburg Cathedral’s famous boys’ choir. After graduating, Ronny went to Exeter University to take his master’s degree (M.A.) in “English Cathedral Music” whilst singing in the Cathedral Choir as a Choral Scholar. Building on these twin musical foundations, Ronny went on to take up various organist posts, including St George’s Church Hanover Square in London.

Being fascinated from an early age by organ improvisation, Ronny has made this a specialism. Finalist in the prestigious Organ Improvisation Competition in St Albans in 2009, he won two Prizes in the International Organ Improvisation Competition in Biarritz in the same year. From 2010-2013, Ronny was Specialist Lecturer for Organ Improvisation at Birmingham Conservatoire and Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London.

Ronny has recorded several CDs of organ and choir music and has frequently been heard performing on television and radio, both in Germany and the UK. He has given organ recitals in Germany, Holland, Belgium, the United Kingdom, the United States, Mexico and Australia.


CD Booklet
  • Fantasia - Giovanni Coperario
  • Psalm 2: Why fum'th in sight - Thomas Tallis
  • Short Communion Service: Credo - Adrian Batten
  • Short Communion Service: Sanctus - Adrian Batten
  • Short Communion Service: Gloria - Adrian Batten
  • God, Which As On This Day - Nathaniel Giles
  • First Service: Magnificat - Thomas Morley
  • First Service: Nunc Dimittis - Thomas Morley
  • Exaudi Deus - Alfonso Ferrabosco The Elder
  • Bow Down Thine Ear - Peter Philips
  • Psalm 77: I with my voice to God do cry - Anon.
  • Out Of The Deep - Thomas Morley
  • O Sing Joyfully - Adrian Batten
  • Psalm 100: All people that on earth do dwell - Louis Bourgeois
  • Fantasia - Jerome Bassano
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Catalogue number: CR042

Choir Croydon Minster Choir of Whitgift School
Ensemble English Cornett & Sackbut Enesmble (Gawain Glenton, Conor Hastings, Nicholas Perry, Catherine Motuz, Emily White, Tom Lees, Andrew Harwood-White, Adrian France)
Organ Tom Little
Violone Uri Smilansky
Conductor Ronny Krippner

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

Recorded 25, 27 March, 2017
Venue Croydon Minster, London
Total Duration 57 mins

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