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  1. 1Advent Prose
    arr. Stephen Cleobury
  2. 2Hodie Christus Natus Est
    arr. Benjamin Britten
  3. 3Verbum Infans
    David Price
  4. 4Echo Carol
    David Price
  5. 5Psalm 85
    Organ (improvised) Oliver Hancock
  6. 6Missa de Angelis - Kyrie
    arr. Adrian Lucas
  7. 7Missa de Angelis - Gloria
    arr. Adrian Lucas
  8. 8Missa de Angelis - Sanctus & Benedictus
    arr. Adrian Lucas
  9. 9Missa de Angelis - Agnus Dei
    arr. Adrian Lucas
  10. 10Psalm 42
    Organ (Improvised) Oliver Hancock
  11. 11Lent Prose
    arr. John Scott
  12. 12Veni Creator Spiritus
  13. 13Missa Deus Genitor Alme - Kyrie
    Organ (Improvised) Oliver Hancock
  14. 14Missa Deus Genitor Alme - Sanctus & Benedictus
    Organ (Improvised) Oliver Hancock
  15. 15Missa Deus Genitor Alme - Agnus Dei
    Organ (Improvised) Oliver Hancock
  16. 16Benedictus
    arr. David Price
  17. 17Adoro te devote
    arr. David Price
  18. 18Meditation on 'Adoro te dev
    Arthur Wills (played by David Price)

Plainsong: The Echo of Angels

Portsmouth Cathedral Choir, Cantate

  • Catalogue
  • Composer
  • Conductor
    David Price
  • Producer
    Sam Gladstone
  • Creative Dir
    John Bevan
  • Exec Producer
    Adrian Green
  • Organist
    Oliver Hancock
  • Engineering
    Kevin Hodgson
  • Engineering
    Adaq Khan
  • Editorial
    David & Kitty Price
  • Photography

He Who Sings Prays Twice

“He Who Sings Prays Twice", so said St Augustine of Hippo.

The music of Gregorian Chant, or plainsong is the Church’s most ancient form of chanted prayer, and perhaps its most haunting and beautiful. It can transport, delight and transform. This recording is a snapshot of how plainsong is used at Portsmouth Cathedral, from the simplest of psalms sung at weekday Evensong, a great hymn marking a major Feast Day such as Veni Creator for Pentecost, or through its use in simple motets as set here by the Cathedral’s Director of Music, David Price.

Portsmouth Cathedral Choir

Portsmouth Cathedral Choir is made up of 22 boy choristers and 12 gentlemen (including 6 Choral Scholars) who contribute to the pattern of daily cathedral worship. The choristers rehearse on weekday mornings at 8.00am before a normal school day in preparation for the week’s music. In any normal week the Cathedral Choir sings for at least 6 services.

The Choir also sings at various special services and events both locally and internationally, and has toured Belgium, Holland, Sweden, France and more recently Estonia and Germany. At home in the UK they have also sung at St Paul’s Cathedral, the Queen’s private chapel at St George’s in Windsor Castle and, most recently,

at Westminster Abbey. The Choir was involved in the 70th Anniversary of D-Day in including two BBC Radio broadcasts and an International Drumhead Ceremony. The Cathedral Choir maintains strong links with the Royal Navy and takes part in a number of services for them such as the annual Royal Marines Band Remembrance Service and the Second Sea Lord’s carol service on HMS Victory.

In 2014 the boy choristers performed in Britten’s War Requiem to a capacity audience at Winchester Cathedral, alongside choirs and orchestras from Bournemouth University, Imperial College, London, and Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, and the full choir toured Belgium.

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.