- 1A Triumph SongHugh Benham
- 2Love came down at ChristmasHugh Benham
- 3Love's redeeming work is doneHugh Benham (Tenor: Ewan Stockwell)
- 4Choral (Organ)Hugh Benham
- 5Let my prayer rise before youHugh Benham (Baritone: John Holland-Avery)
- 6Evening Voluntary (Organ)Hugh Benham
- 7O Sacrum ConviviumHugh Benham
- 8Ave, verum corpusHugh Benham (Soprano: Harriet Smith, Alto: Kate Telfer, Tenor: Adrian Green)
- 9Mysterium Fidei (Organ) - Hugh Benham
- 10Behold the Lamb of GodHugh Benham
- 11Melody with variations (Organ)Hugh Benham
- 12Blest are the pure in heartHugh Benham
- 13The Lord's PrayerHugh Benham
- 14Allegro Scherzando (Organ)Hugh Benham
- 15Divinum MysteriumHugh Benham (Soprano: Penelope Appleyard Alto: Amy Alden, Tenor: Ewan Stockwell, Bass: Harry Bennett)
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A Triumph Song
Hugh Benham, Neil Ferris, Michael Higgins, Convivium Singers
- ArtistsConvivium Singers, Hugh Benham, Michael Higgins, Neil Ferris
- ConductorNeil Ferris
- ProducersHugh Benham, Alexander Norman
- Creative DirJohn Bevan
- Exec ProducerAdrian Green
- OrganistMichael Higgins
- EngineeredAdaq Khan, Adrian Green
- PhotographyTom Kuglin
- RecordedSt Alban the Martyr, Birmingham
Some of the choral items on this disc were composed for St Boniface Church Choir, a mixed choir of about 20 voices, and are intended to be useful to other parish choirs including quite small ones, to chapel choirs in schools and colleges, and in such joint events as diocesan choral festivals. Four pieces (A Triumph Song, Love’s redeeming work, Ave verum corpus and Divinum mysterium) are in particular suitable for larger forces and larger buildings. The music was composed between 2005 and 2011 unless otherwise stated. The ‘Allegro scherzando’ is published by H.T. FitzSimons. ‘Behold the Lamb of God’ is shortly to be published by them also. All other pieces can be obtained by enquiry through Convivium Records.
Hugh Benham is Organist and Choir Director at St. Boniface Anglican Church in Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire, and active in the Guild of Church Musicians and the Royal School of Church Music. He is a writer of academic and educational articles and books, and a chair of examiners for GCE Music.
Neil studied at Royal Holloway, University of London and the Royal College of Music. Now establishing a reputation as a conductor equally at home with choirs and orchestras, Neil combines his conducting engagements with his teaching post as Head of Choral Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Neil has been Music Director of Cardiff Polyphonic Choir since 2006, and in that time they have broadcast for BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4. He is also the Music Director of Wimbledon Choral Society, which enjoys a reputation as one of London’s leading amateur choruses. Neil also works regularly as a guest conductor with other choirs; he is Principal Guest Conductor of Birmingham Bach Choir and he is also guest conductor of the Whitehall Choir, Convivium Singers and the award-winning Joyful Company of Singers. As a chorus master Neil has prepared choirs for conductors including Richard Hickox, Thierry Fischer, Owain Arwel Hughes, Grant Llewellyn, Adrian Partington and David Atherton. Work with orchestras includes the Brandenburg Sinfonia, Midland Sinfonia, Haydn Chamber Orchestra, Salomon Orchestra, and the New Queen’s Hall Orchestra. In May 2011 he was invited to conduct the NQHO in the presence of HRH Prince Charles. Future projects with Convivium Singers include a release on the Naxos label of an album of the choral music of Jonathan Dove.
Convivium Singers perform a wide variety of vocal and choral music for recordings and recitals. Established in 2009 by Adrian Green and Alexander Norman, the group aims to provide opportunities for young singers at the early stages of their performing careers, as well as for talented musicians who have chosen not to pursue careers in music, but wish to continue singing to a high standard. They currently comprise singers from many established choirs, including Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir, Ex Cathedra, Armonico Consort, Portsmouth Cathedral, the Choir of Royal Holloway, Genesis Sixteen, and York Minster. The Singers specialise in undiscovered or little known British music and in the music of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Recent recitals have been in the Cathedrals of Coventry, Birmingham and Portsmouth, as well as in and around London. The ensemble continues to be involved with Portsmouth Cathedral’s Chorister outreach programme, delivering and facilitating workshops and performances at schools within the Diocese of Portsmouth.