Convivium Singers: Music for Seafarers | Convivium Records International
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  1. 1They that go down to the sea in ships
    Grayson Ives
  2. 2Vast Ocean of Light
    Jonathan Dove
  3. 3Here I am, Lord
    Daniel Schutt (arr. Malcolm Archer)
  4. 4Windswept skies
    Carson Cooman
  5. 5Anthem for Seafarers (Eternal Father, Strong to Save)
    Malcolm Archer
  6. 6Never weather-beaten sail
    Charles Wood
  7. 7Sailing
    Trad. (arr. Peter Hunt)
  8. 8Sea Fever
    John Ireland
  9. 9The Water is Wide
    Trad. (arr. William Drakett)
  10. 10Blow The Wind Southerly
    Trad. (arr. Timothy Salter)
  11. 11There is an old belief
    Hubert Parry
  12. 12Crossing the Bar (Sunset and Evening Star)
    Hubert Parry
  13. 13Nearer, My God, to Thee
    Lowell Mason (arr. Malcolm Archer)

Music for Seafarers

Malcolm Archer, The Choirs of Portsmouth Cathedral, Convivium Singers

  • Catalogue
  • Artists
    Baltic Exchange, Adrian Green, Malcolm Archer, Convivium Singers, Portsmouth Cathedral Choirs
  • Conductor
    Malcolm Archer
  • Producer
    Michael Drayton
  • Co Producers
    Malcolm Archer, Andrew King, Alexander Norman, William Drakett, David Millinger
  • Creative Dir
    John Bevan
  • Exec Producer
    Adrian Green
  • Artistic Directors
    Malcolm Archer, William Drakett, David Price, Alexander Norman
  • Accompanists
    Marcus Wibberley, William Drakett, Joe Waggott, David Price
  • Engineered
    Adaq Khan Kevin Hodgson
  • Mastering
    Adaq Khan
  • Photography
    With thanks to STENA BULK, Jacqui Marie Dunster, Tom Kuglin, Russell Falkingham


The Baltic Exchange, London presents, in partnership with Portsmouth Cathedral Choir, Malcolm Archer and the Convivium Singers, an original and exciting collection of anthems, hymns, part-songs and folk-songs celebrating the Exchange’s longstanding support of seafarers and England’s rich, maritime musical tradition.

The Baltic Exchange

Situated in the heart of the City of London, The Baltic Exchange is the world’s leading commercial maritime organisation. Its members are responsible for the chartering of ships, both dry cargo and tankers, across the globe as well as the sale and purchase of merchant vessels. For well over 250 years it has operated a self-regulated market adhering to its code of “Our word our bond” and its international community of over 600 members, encompassing the majority of world shipping interests, commits to a set of rules that ensures the highest standards of business practice.

In addition, The Baltic Exchange is the world’s only independent source of maritime market information for the trading and settlement of physical and derivative contracts. By compiling information from 30 dry cargo routes and 31 tanker routes The Baltic Exchange publishes daily indices that are quoted in financial exchanges around the world and form the basis of multi-million dollar forward freight transactions.

Given the scale and financial significance of these activities one can easily lose sight of the community that, in practical terms, makes all this possible – the seafarers themselves. At sea for months at a time, isolated and away from home, family and friends, they face the daily risks of life at sea, not only the hazards of wind and wave but the operation and maintenance of complex machinery on which their lives depend. The threat of piracy is a constant concern not only for those on board but for families at home only too aware that hundreds of crew members have been held hostage in recent years, some of them never to return.

The very real need for help and assistance when crew members come ashore in foreign ports is answered by seafaring charities and it is here that The Baltic Exchange is proud of its long-standing financial support of such charities and the vital role they play in the lives of the seafaring community.

In commissioning Malcolm Archer to compose the “Anthem for Seafarers”, an anthem which draws on the well-known hymn “Eternal Father Strong to Save”.The Baltic Exchange continues its support for seafaring charities. Here is a collection of songs and anthems associated with the sea, beautifully performed by Convivium Singers, Cantate and Portsmouth Cathedral Choir. The Baltic Exchange has underwritten production expenses, with copies of the recording provided to seafaring charities to enable them to continue to raise funds for their work at sea.

Malcolm Archer

Malcolm Archer is Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College, where he trains and conducts the Quiristers and Chapel Choir and teaches organ in the College. He has enjoyed a distinguished career in cathedral music, including posts at Norwich, Bristol, Wells Cathedrals and then Director of Music at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. During his time there 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.

Malcolm is much in demand as a choir trainer and choral and orchestral conductor, and he has directed concerts, workshops and courses in various parts of the globe, as well as working with several leading orchestras. He is also the Musical Director of the Jean Langlais Festival in France. As an organ recitalist he has played in nine European countries, the USA and Canada, and his CDs include repertoire as diverse as J.S. Bach and Olivier Messiaen, as well as his own music. 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.

He has been an adjudicator for the BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the year competition, 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.

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 singing for at least five services every week. The Choir also sings at various special services and events both locally, in the Cathedral and the Diocese of Portsmouth, and also internationally. Recent tours have included Belgium, Holland, Sweden, France, Estonia, Denmark and Germany.

The Choir was involved in the 60th Anniversary of DDay commemorations. This trip saw two BBC Radio broadcasts, a concert in Caen with the London Mozart Players and the International Service of Remembrance at Bayeux in the presence of HM The Queen, President Chirac and the Rt Hon Tony Blair. In Trafalgar 200 they performed at the International Drumhead Ceremony, and at events aboard HMS Victory during Trafalgar Week (three BBC radio and TV broadcasts). Their ‘Nelson year’ concluded with a live broadcast of Choral Evensong on BBC Radio 3 on the day 200 years ago that Nelson’s body sailed from Portsmouth to London for his State Funeral.

The Choir has also made a number of recordings, including a reconstruction of music from Lord Nelson’s Funeral year and ‘I look from afar’ – a recording of Advent and Christmas carols, ‘Portsmouth Remembers’ through Guild Records and Harvey Brough’s DDay 60 cantata ‘Valete in Pace’ with The Britten Sinfonia, Clare College Choir, Cambridge, Mark le Broq and Andrew Parrott. This is their second disc with Convivium Records.