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  1. 1Veni, Sponsa Christi
    (Cantiones Sacrae Quinis Vocibus) 1612
  2. 2Cum Jucunditate
    (Cantiones Sacrae) 1612
  3. 3O Maria Domina Nostra
    (Paradisus Sacris Cantionibus) 1628
  4. 4Viae Sion Lugent
    (Cantiones Sacrae) 1612
  5. 5Ave Verum Corpus
    (Cantiones Sacrae) 1612
  6. 6Mulieres Sedentes
    (Cantiones Sacrae) 1612
  7. 7Quae Est Ista Quae Ascendit
    (Cantiones Sacrae Octonis Vocibus) 1613
  8. 8Ecce Tu Pulchra Es
    (Cantiones Sacrae) 1613
  9. 9Corona Aurea
    (Cantiones Sacrae) 1612
  10. 10Paratum Cor Meum
    (Paradisus Sacris) 1628
  11. 11Confitebor, Tibi Domine
    (Paradisus Sacris) 1628
  12. 12Domine Probasti Me
    (Paradisus Sacris) 1628
  13. 13Beatus Vir, Qui Inventus est
    (Cantiones Sacrae) 1612
  14. 14Pater noster
    (Cantiones Sacrae) 1612

Peter Philips: An Englishman Abroad

Convivium Singers, Alexander Norman, David Price

  • Catalogue
  • Artists
    Adrian Green, Alexander Norman, Convivium Singers, David Price
  • Composer
    Peter Philips
  • Director
    Alexander Norman
  • Organ
    David Price
  • Producers
    Andrew King & David Millinger
  • Engineer
    Adaq Khan
  • Editing
    Adrian Green
  • Creative Dir
    John Bevan
  • Exec Producer
    Adrian Green

Peter Philips: An Englishman Abroad


Peter Philips (1560/1 – 1628) has long existed on the margins of English music.  Resident in England until 1582, Philips spent the rest of his life in exile in the Netherlands.  It is presumed that Philips’s Catholicism was the motivation behind this move, as Catholics were not permitted to openly practice their faith in England at the time.  As many scholars have observed, the long-term neglect of Philips’s music has been partly due to his separation from England and its choral tradition. In recent years, Philips has begun to enjoy the acclaim he deserves as choirs rediscover his glorious motets.  The present disc is part of this rediscovery, and marks the 450th anniversary of Philips’s birth.

We have included a selection of motets, principally from the collection Cantiones Sacrae Quinis Vocibus 1612 (but also including works for two choirs and solo motets) which demonstrate Philips’s compositional flair and originality.  Compare the stunning lament Mulieres sedentes with the buoyant Beatus vir, qui inventus est, or the anguish of Viae Sion lugent with the vision of paradise in Veni, Sponsa Christi.  A disc for lovers of early music and those just discovering this repertoire.

Alexander Norman
(Artistic Director, Convivium Singers)

Convivium Singers

Established in July 2009 by Adrian Green and Alex Norman, Convivium Singers is a group of cathedral and college musicians who perform a wide variety of vocal and choral music. They currently comprise singers from The Choirs of Royal Holloway College, Portsmouth Cathedral and York Minster, along with members of music conservatoires in London and Birmingham.The group aims to provide an adaptable ensemble of singers for hire to meet any occasion in (almost!) any location. Convivium’s members include soloists who specialise in opera, music theatre, early music, English song and jazz. From Renaissance masters to contemporary composers, and from madrigals to popular arrangements, the group has a wide repertoire. It also participates in church and cathedral services.

The group has annual engagements in festivals across the UK, with celebrities and well-known musicians including Alan Titchmarsh (Broadcaster), David Price (Master of Choristers, Portsmouth Cathedral), and Rev. Stephen Shipley (Producer, BBC Radio ‘Acts of Worship’).

Alexander Norman

Alexander Norman (b. 1986) is chiefly known as the co-founder and Artistic Director of the chamber choir Convivium Singers. With the choir, Alex has performed in the UK and abroad, most notably at the festival ‘La Fabbrica del Canto’ in Milan and in the Tolosa International Choral Contest (Spain). His recording of music by the seventeenth century composer Peter Philips (Convivium Singers/Convivium Records) received a five star review in Choir & Organ magazine, being hailed as ‘my find and disc of the year’. Alex also works as a producer for Convivium Records, and has worked with such eminent musicians as Malcolm Archer, Neil Ferris and Hugh Benham. He also enjoys working with amateur choirs.

A graduate in music from Royal Holloway College, University of London, Alex held both organ and bass choral scholarships whilst studying. Alex completed a Masters in Choral Conducting at Birmingham Conservatoire, under the tuition of Paul Spicer (The Finzi Singers), where he studied voice with Henry Herford. As an organist he appears on The Choir of Royal Holloway’s first Hyperion release, ‘Hail, Queen of Heaven’ (sacred choral music by Rihards Dubra) and he accompanied the choir for broadcasts on BBC Radios 2,3 and 4. Alex has given recitals in Coventry and Birmingham Cathedrals and has accompanied The Choir of Royal Holloway in performance at St. John the Divine (New York), Washington National Cathedral, Princeton College Chapel, Yale University, St. George’s Chapel, Windsor and St. Paul’s, Coventry and Chichester Cathedrals. His organ teachers were Alistair Reid and Rupert Gough. Alex is currently Organist of Coventry Methodist Central Hall, and accompanist for the City of Coventry Male Voice Choir and the Half Circle Singers. He teaches the piano at Blue Coat CofE School, Coventry.

David Price

David Price is Organist and Master of the Choristers at Portsmouth Cathedral. Before he came to Portsmouth he was Assistant Organist of Ely Cathedral having previously held Organ Scholarships at Rochester Cathedral and Croydon Minster.

During his time at Ely he toured Germany, Belgium, Holland, Poland and the Czech Republic with the Cathedral Choir. The choir’s John Amner recording for Hyperion was critically acclaimed and was the Editor’s Choir in ‘The Gramophone’ music magazine.

Since David has been at Portsmouth the profile of the Cathedral’s music has been raised to new heights through twelve international tours, numerous recordings and regular work for the BBC and ITV. He has been pleased to lead vocal training sessions for other choirs and has recently worked in this capacity for the Diocese of Berlin and with the choir of Pembroke College, Oxford.

In addition to his duties at the Cathedral, David serves on the committee of RSCM Portsmouth, and is a member of the Council of the Royal School of Church Music. He has recently served two terms on the Association of English Cathedral’s Music & Liturgy Committee.

In 2007, Portsmouth University conferred David Price with an Honorary Doctorate of Music in recognition of the significant contribution he has made to the development of music at the Cathedral and for his contribution to the cultural life of the city. In the same year he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Academy of St Cecilia. Recent recital venues for David include Chambery Cathedral and Notre Dame de Neiges, Alpe d’Huez in the French Alps and Trinity Church, Copenhagen in Denmark and he is playing in Westminster Abbey, Newcastle Cathedral and Hexham Abbey later in the year.

His St John Passion for Good Friday was published by Encore Publications in a series of the gospel passions alongside John Scott, Philip Moore and Richard Lloyd. Last year he was elected to an Honorary Fellowship of the Guild of Church Musicians presented to him by the Archbishop of Canterbury.