Angels of Creation2018-08-29T21:17:18+00:00

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ANGELS OF CREATION

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About this release

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.

Commissioned Programme Note

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.[read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] My thanks go to Adaq Khan and Adrian Green for their complete professionalism throughout and faith in this project. I would also like to thank Benjamin Giddens for producing this CD and for the countless times he had to listen to takes on my behalf. This CD is dedicated to Andrew and Rosemary Thomson and Simon Whalley. Simon has been hugely influential and without his encouragement, The Angels of Creation commissioning project would not have started.

(Sebastian Thomson, 2015)[/read]

About the artist

Sebastian Thomson

Sebastian Thomson was until recently, 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 studied at Bristol University before holding positions at Chichester Cathedral, St Matthew’s Church Northampton and Eton College.

Currently, 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 made appearances as a performer and speaker on local and national television and radio. He has also been invited to play 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.

Sebastian conducts The Howells Voices, a mixed voice choir inspired by the music of Herbert Howells. The choir takes occupancy 3 times a year in Britain’s Cathedrals and has often been described as one of the very best visiting choirs around. Recent venues include, Winchester, Westminster Abbey and York Minster. In 2015, Ian Carpenter was commissioned to write “Holy is the true light” for the choir’s tour to Gloucester Cathedral for the Feast of All Saints.

Sebastian is gaining a reputation for commissioning new works. The Angels of Creation Commissions are a collection of organ works composed for and premiered by Sebastian. So far, David Bednall, Simon Whalley, Thomas Hewitt Jones, Neil Cox, John Hosking and Daniel Saleeb have written for this project. His recent CD received a 5 star review in Choir and Organ publication.

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  • Angels of Creation - Thomas Hewitt Jones
  • Berceuse - David Briggs
  • Toccata for St Matthew's Day - David Briggs
  • Festal Paean - Simon Whalley
  • Rhapsody - David Bednall
  • Variations: Noël Nouvelet - Philip Moore
  • Laudate - Neil Cox
  • The Fourteen Stations of the Cross: i. Jesus is condemned to death - John Hosking
  • The Fourteen Stations of the Cross: ii. Jesus is given his cross - John Hosking
  • The Fourteen Stations of the Cross: iii. Jesus falls the first time - John Hosking
  • The Fourteen Stations of the Cross: iv. Jesus meets his mother - John Hosking
  • The Fourteen Stations of the Cross: v. Simon of Cyrene carries the cross - John Hosking
  • The Fourteen Stations of the Cross: vi Veronica wipes the face of Jesus - John Hosking
  • The Fourteen Stations of the Cross: vii. Jesus falls the second time - John Hosking
  • The Fourteen Stations of the Cross: viii. Jesus meets the daughters of Jerusalem - John Hosking
  • The Fourteen Stations of the Cross: ix. Jesus falls the third time - John Hosking
  • The Fourteen Stations of the Cross: x. Jesus is stripped of his garments - John Hosking
  • The Fourteen Stations of the Cross: xi. Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross - John Hosking
  • The Fourteen Stations of the Cross: xii. Jesus dies on the cross - John Hosking
  • The Fourteen Stations of the Cross: xiii. Jesus' body is removed from the cross - John Hosking
  • The Fourteen Stations of the Cross: xiv. Jesus is laid in the tomb and covered in incense - John Hosking
  • The Fourteen Stations of the Cross: xv. Resurrection - Benjamin Benjamin
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Credits

Catalogue Number: CR034

Organist Sebastian Thomson
Console Assistance Keely Jones, Anna Lapwood

Photography Ellen Taylor, Mike Peckett
Engineering Adaq Khan
Mastering Adaq Khan
Producer Benjamin Giddens
Creative Director John Bevan
Executive Producer Adrian Green

Recorded 11, 12 August, 19, 20 December 2015
Venue Keble College Chapel, Oxford
Total Duration 67 mins

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