- 1Angels of CreationThomas Hewitt Jones
- 2BerceuseDavid Briggs
- 3Toccata for St Matthew's DayDavid Briggs
- 4Festal PaeanSimon Whalley
- 5RhapsodyDavid Bednall
- 6ariations: 6 Noël NouveletPhilip Moore
- 7LaudateNeil Cox
- 8The Fourteen Stations of the Cross i. Jesus is condemned to deathJohn Hosking
- 9The Fourteen Stations of the Cross ii. Jesus is given his crossJohn Hosking
- 10The Fourteen Stations of the Cross iii. Jesus falls the first timeJohn Hosking
- 11The Fourteen Stations of the Cross iv. Jesus meets his motherJohn Hosking
- 12The Fourteen Stations of the Cross v. Simon of Cyrene carries the crossJohn Hosking
- 13The Fourteen Stations of the Cross vi. Veronica wipes the face of JesusJohn Hosking
- 14The Fourteen Stations of the Cross vii. Jesus falls the second timeJohn Hosking
- 15The Fourteen Stations of the Cross viii. Jesus meets the daughters of JerusalemJohn Hosking
- 16The Fourteen Stations of the Cross xi. Jesus falls the third timeJohn Hosking
- 17The Fourteen Stations of the Cross x. Jesus is stripped of his garmentsJohn Hosking
- 18The Fourteen Stations of the Cross xi. Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the crossJohn Hosking
- 19The Fourteen Stations of the Cross xii. Jesus dies on the crossJohn Hosking
- 20The Fourteen Stations of the Cross xiii. Jesus' body is removed from the crossJohn Hosking
- 21The Fourteen Stations of the Cross xiv. Jesus is laid in the tomb and covered in incenseJohn Hosking
- 22The Fourteen Stations of the Cross xv. ResurrectionJohn Hosking
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Angels of Creation: Uplifting New Organ Works
- OrganSebastian Thomson
- Console AssistKeely Jones, Anna Lapwood
- EngineeringAdaq Khan
- ProducerBenjamin Giddens
Sebastian Thomson: Angels of Creation
The Angels of Creation commissions are a collection of organ works composed for and premiered by Sebastian Thomson. The project’s inception began with David Bednall’s Rhapsody, which was premiered at St Paul’s Cathedral in 2010. All subsequent commissions—Simon Whalley’s Festal Paean, Thomas Hewitt Jones’ Angels of Creation (from which the title of the project originates), Neil Cox’s Laudate, and most recently, John Hosking’s Fourteen Stations of the Cross —have been premiered at Keble College, Oxford. Additional contemporary works by David Briggs and Philip Moore compliment this recording.
Keble College, Oxford: The Organ
Keble College is one of the masterworks of the eminent Victorian architect William Butterfield. The magnificent, lofty chapel, completed in 1876, is a riot of decorative brickwork, tiling and mosaics. The original organ was provided by William Hill; Butterfield designed its case, and is said to have personally executed the stencilled decoration of the front pipes.
In 1892 the memorial side chapel was created to house William Holman Hunt’s The Light of the World, and the organ was elevated to its present gallery position. From that time it saw a series of rebuilds and enlargements, but by the 1980s had fallen into serious disrepair. Earlier proposals for a new organ did not reach fruition, and from 1992—2011 the chapel music relied on an electronic instrument.
The new pipe organ aims to have a consonance with its Victorian surroundings, and an important aspect of the instrument was the cleaning and conservation of the decorated prospect pipes, which have an architectural integrity with Butterfield’s magnificent chapel. The building boasts perhaps the finest acoustic in Oxford, with generous reverberation, and the organ benefits from its placement in the wide, shallow and tall transept loft.
The core departments of the new organ recognise the spirit of the late nineteenth century, enriched by the colours of the third and fourth manuals and enabling the performance of a wide repertoire, both solo and choral.
Sebastian Thomson is currently Head of Academic Music and Assistant Director of Music at Bloxham School. He was a chorister at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford before moving to Harrow School with the top music scholarship. Sebastian was then awarded the Bristol University Organ Scholarship where he studied with Mark Lee. After this, he moved to Chichester Cathedral as Organ Scholar. In 2005, Sebastian was appointed Director of Music at St Matthew’s Church, Northampton, a post held alongside teaching piano, organ, and theory at Eton College.
Aside from teaching, Sebastian continues to pursue a freelance career as a choral conductor and organist. Having studied the organ with David Goode and David Briggs, he is in demand as both a recitalist and an accompanist. His recent solo engagements include recitals at Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, King’s College Cambridge, and St Paul’s Cathedral. Sebastian has also made appearances as a performer and speaker on local and national television and radio. He has also been invited to give a recital at Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, in 2017. Sebastian is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, and a prize winner in the Choral Training Diploma examination from the College.
From the Composers
“Sebastian Thomson is to be whole–heartedly praised and admired for his vision in commissioning these new works, and for committing them to CD in performances of such intense musical intelligence and technical grasp. It has been a great privilege to have been asked to be part of this, and one can only hope that the pieces here will find new audiences and promote the creation of new music for the King of Instruments."
(Dr David Bednall, Composer and Organist)
“Truly stunning playing and the best organ disc I have heard recently without a doubt. It is always good to have your compositions performed by safe hands (and feet); when they’re lifted off the page and utterly transformed, it is something else altogether."
(John Hosking, Organist and Composer)
- 1 Jul 2017 “An intriguing and most rewarding disc combining Croydon Minster Choir and the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble… (Dr. Hugh Benham ★★★★★)
- 24 Jun 2017 “Beautifully written, deeply expressive of the texts… superlative performances” Dan Locklair’s Gloria (American Record Guide)
- 10 Jun 2017 “Cesari embraces the virtuosic…” James Ember: Traces for Solo Flute (La Folia)
- 23 May 2017 “Thomson’s performances are exemplary” Angels of Creation (Cathedral Music)
- 1 May 2017 “Sansara slips easily into the elite ranks of exceptional performers” (Choir & Organ ★★★★★)