In this new album, Westminster Abbey rings with the voices of the choir and organ lifted in the great hymns which, familiar to all, are a vital part of our national character and history. The recording brings the experience of Abbey occasions—from royal weddings to state funerals to regular services—into the home.
The singing of hymns has its roots in the earliest days of the Christian church and remains a central part of the liturgy. In the Anglican church, and nowhere more so than in Westminster Abbey, this is a tradition that thrives, and where tunes from the sixteenth century sit happily alongside fervent Methodist outpourings, profound Victorian sentiment, the ‘rediscoveries’ of Vaughan Williams, and arrangements by the Abbey’s musicians of today.
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Gabriel Brown, George Cooper, Frederick Frostwick, Samuel Grindlay, Seung-Youn Han, Alexander Hill, John Hindley, Alexander Kyle, Siu Oh Lam, Omar Lingemann, Andrew Liu, Daniel Loane, Benjamin MacLean, Hugo Millard, Jordan Mwangola, Thomas Nettle, Antony Perillo, Bede Porter, Harry Shaw, Dominic Stokes, Cottrell van Wingerden
alto: Simon Gay, Michael Lees, David Martin, Benjamin Turner
tenor: William Balkwill, Jim Clements, Mark Dobell, Leigh Nixon, Julian Stocker, Simon Wall
bass: James Birchall, Francis Brett, Jonathan Brown, Julian Empett, Lawrence Wallington, Stuart Young
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