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About this release
“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 for this NSPCC Appeal album 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.”
About the artists
Angus Benton, aged 12 at the time of this 2016 recording, was one of the sixteen Quiristers who formed 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. 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. He has enjoyed a distinguished career in cathedral music. Previous posts include Norwich, Bristol, Wells Cathedrals and most notably 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 and the London Bombings Service. He also directed 80th Birthday Service for HM The Queen. Buckingham Palace invited him to compose a special anthem which he performed live on the BBC. His many broadcasts and recordings from Wells and St. Paul’s have received critical acclaim, and the Daily Telegraph voted his CD of Christmas music from St. Paul’s as Editor’s Choice. His choir at Winchester College has an enviable reputation through their many broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. They tour international touring and have produced a number of highly praised recordings.
Malcolm Archer is much in demand as a choir trainer and choral and orchestral conductor, and he has directed concerts, workshops, courses and summer schools 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 Archer 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.
He has been an adjudicator for the BBC Young Chorister of the year competition, and has over the years had 12 of his own choristers in the final including two winners, the most recent in 2015. Malcolm was a judge for the BBC Songs of Praise School Choirs competition for four years, becoming a chair of 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 Archer 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. They recently awarded him 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.
- Sweet Chance that led my steps - Michael Head
- Where'er you walk - George Frideric Handel
- The Lark in the Clear Air - Phyllis Tate
- The Skye Boat Song - arr. Malcolm Archer
- Silent Worship - arr. Arthur Somervell
- The Ships of Arcady - Michael Head
- The Song of Wandering Aengus - Malcolm Archer
- Linden Lea - Ralph Vaughan Williams
- Sleep my baby - arr. Malcolm Archer
- The Coasts of High Barbary - arr. Malcolm Archer
- The Ash Grove - arr. Benjamin Britten
- Molly Malone - arr. Malcolm Archer
- The Sally Gardens - arr. Benjamin Britten
- Amazing Grace - arr. Malcolm Archer
- The Little Road to Bethlehem - Michael Head
- Auld Lang Syne - arr. Malcolm Archer
- Homeward Bound - arr. Jay Althouse
Catalogue Number: CR035
Treble Angus Benton
Piano Malcolm Archer
Cello Julia Desbrulais
Oboe Gareth Hulse
Flute / Piccolo Karen Wills
Photography Hester Marriot
Engineering Adaq Khan
Mastering Adaq Khan
Producer Adrian Green
Creative Director Will Lavender
Executive Producer Adrian Green
Recorded 1, 2, 3 September 2016
Venue Winchester College Music School
Total Duration 50 mins