- 1KyrieRalph Vaughan Williams
- 2Hodie (Ceremony of Carols)BenjaminBritten
- 3I saw three shipsPhilip Ledger
- 4Gloria in Excelsis DeoAnon. (Missa de Angelis)
- 5The Call Ralph Vaughan Williams
- 6Creator of the stars of nightMalcolm Archer
- 7Coventry CarolTrad. Anon.
- 8Faithful Magi Colin Mawby
- 9Carol for Emmausarr. Paul Trepte
- 10Nunc dimittis (Coll Reg)Herbert Howells
- 11If ye love me Philip Wilby
- 12Call to remembrance Richard Farrant
- 13Ubi caritas Maurice Duruflé
- 14Ave, verum corpusWilliam Byrd
- 15Gloria tibi trinitas (organ solo)William Byrd
- 16O vos omnesTomas Luis de Victoria
- 17Consider all ye passers byJohn Amner
- 18Easter (from the Five Mystical Songs)Ralph Vaughan Williams
- 19The Old Hundredth Psalm (All People that on Earth do Dwell)Ralph Vaughan Williams
- 20Festal ResponsesEdward Woodall Naylor
- 21Le salut MessianiqueThierry Pallesco
Sing to the Lord: The Choirs of Portsmouth Cathedral
Dr David Price & Portsmouth Cathedral Choirs
- ChoirPortsmouth Cathedral Choir
- ConductorDr. David Price
- ChoirSt Thomas Parish Choir
- ConductorMarcus Wibberley
- ConductorAndrew Cleary
Portsmouth Cathedral is fortunate enough to have three choirs to assist in its programme of daily worship. The Cathedral Choir is made up of boy choristers who sing with the Lay Clerks and Choral Scholars. The Parish Choir provides an opportunity for people of all ages to get involved with singing the Parish Eucharist each Sunday, whilst Cantate is a more recent addition to the musical life of the Cathedral, providing opportunities for young singers to sing evensong once a week and take part in special services and concerts. With around three hundred services a year, shared between three choirs, it is hardly surprising to find that bringing them all together at once is usually reserved for special occasions.
The aim of this collection of liturgical music is to highlight how singers of all ages contribute to the musical life of Portsmouth Cathedral. Each choir and piece of repertoire has its own characteristics and so musical items have been recorded in different parts of the cathedral building as outlined in this booklet.
It seemed only appropriate to conclude this snapshot of musical life at Portsmouth Cathedral, with two items for ‘Great Choir’. These draw together the musical threads which run through the liturgical year and provide cohesion to cathedral worship.
Adrian Green Producer
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 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.