- 1Sweet Chance that led my stepsMichael Head
- 2Where'er you walkG.F. Handel
- 3The Lark in the Clear AirPhyllis Tate
- 4The Skye Boat SongTrad. arr. Malcolm Archer
- 5Silent Worshiparr. Arthur Somervell
- 6The Ships of ArcadyMichael Head
- 7The Song of Wandering AengusMalcolm Archer
- 8Linden LeaRalph Vaughan Williams
- 9Sleep my baby (Suo Gan)Trad. arr. Malcolm Archer
- 10The Coasts of High BarbaryTrad. arr. Malcolm Archer
- 11The Ash GroveTrad. arr. Benjamin Britten
- 12Molly Malone (In Dublin's Fair City)Trad. arr. Malcolm Archer
- 13The Sally GardensTrad. arr. Benjamin Britten
- 14Amazing GraceTrad. arr. Malcolm Archer
- 15The Little Road to BethlehemMichael Head
- 16Auld lang syneTrad. arr. Malcolm Archer
- 17Homeward BoundTrad. arr. Jay Althouse
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Homeward Bound (NSPCC Appeal CD)
Angus Benton & Malcolm Archer
- TrebleAngus Benton
- PianoMalcolm Archer
- CelloJulia Desbrulais
- OboeGareth Hulse
- Flute / PiccoloKaren Wills
- EngineeringAdaq Khan
- MasteringAdaq Khan
- ProducerAdrian Green
- Creative DirWill Lavender
- Exec ProducerAdrian Green
BBC Young Chorister of the Year 2015 Angus Benton records the 2016 appeal album Homeward Bound with a percentage of proceeds to the NSPCC.
This 17-track recording, a childhood in the making, lets us travel the way a child travels. Popular classics take us to a place where we ache to go again. Our first childhood adventures, family summers togethers, lost dreams, first love. Linden Lea, Amazing Grace, Sleep my Baby, The Ash Grove feature. The finale brings us back home again Auld Lang Syne, Little Town of Bethlehem, Homeward Bound, to family, a place where we know we are loved.
COMPOSER MALCOLM ARCHER COMMENTS
“The journey of the treble voice is one of the most glories of nature, and also one of the hardest to record. Our idea behind this appeal album was to capture Angus Benton’s young chorister voice at its very best. “The music we’ve recorded goes through a journey across the emotions and encounters we all hope our children grow up to remember fondly. “This recording hopefully reminds us that nostalgia literally means ‘the pain from old wounds.’ We’ve aimed to capture that rare raw childhood emotion in young chorister song that brings a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memories alone.”
Angus Benton, aged 12 at the time of this 2016 recording, is one of the sixteen Quiristers who form the treble line in the Chapel Choir of Winchester College. He has been singing since he was very young and was a member of the choir at St. Luke’s church in Battersea and of the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain before becoming a Quirister at the age of 9. Now in his final year he is joint Head Quirister. Angus won the BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year Competition in 2015 and has since appeared several times on BBC1’s Songs of Praise. He has also performed regularly on radio in Radio 4’s Daily Service and in Radio 2’s devotional Easter programme At the Foot of the Cross.
Malcolm Archer is one of the world’s leading church musicians, with a distinguished career in cathedral music including posts at Norwich, Bristol, Wells Cathedrals and Director of Music at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. He is now Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College, where he is responsible for the College’s ancient choral foundation; conducting the Chapel Choir and teaching the organ.
During his time at St. Paul’s Cathedral, he directed the choir for several State services, including the Tsunami Memorial Service, the London Bombings Service and the 80th Birthday Service for HM The Queen, for which he was invited by Buckingham Palace to compose a special anthem, performed live on BBC1.
His many broadcasts and recordings from Wells and St. Paul’s have received critical acclaim, and his CD of Christmas music from St. Paul’s was voted Editor’s number one choice in The Daily Telegraph.
His choir at Winchester College has an enviable reputation through their many broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM, their international touring and a number of highly praised recordings.
As a composer, Malcolm receives regular commissions from both sides of the Atlantic, and he has many published works. Recently he has composed works for the Southern Cathedrals Festival, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Festival of the Sons of the Clergy and an anthem for the enthronement service of the Bishop of Winchester. He has also jointly edited two books for Oxford University Press: Advent for Choirs and Epiphany to All Saints for Choirs. His compositions are widely performed and greatly enjoyed for their approachable nature and singability.
Malcolm has been an adjudicator for the BBC Young Chorister of the Year competition, (he has over the years had 12 of his own choristers in the final and two winners, including the 2015 winner) and for four years was a judge for the BBC Songs of Praise School Choirs competition, including chairing the judging panel for two of those competitions. He is also a frequent contributor to that programme as both interviewee and musical arranger. He has recently been a judge for the British Composer Awards.
Malcolm has served as council member of the Royal College of Organists, and he is a member of the council of the Guild of Church Musicians, from whom he was recently awarded the Fellowship for his services to church music over many years. In 2009, he was awarded the FRSCM (Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music) for his work in three cathedrals, and as a composer of church music.
The NSPCC appeal album Homeward Bound was recorded at Winchester College, where Angus Benton trained as a Quirister. Winchester College is the only independent senior school in England continuing to support its own choir boy foundation. The album was performed by Angus Benton and Malcolm Archer and produced by Adrian Green.
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