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Bowls by Charlie Baird (b1955)
Track(s) taken from CDA67650
Recording details: June 2011
Wells Cathedral, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: April 2012
Total duration: 4 minutes 6 seconds

'Chilcott writes a tune of such beauty, one is totally beguiled. This disc of premiere recordings reveals the many sides of the composer. His skill, sincerity and practicality shine through … Matthew Owens coaxes scintillating performances from his choristers—it is a choir one would never tire of listening to' (Choir & Organ)

'There's plenty of fluid writing for the choir and two excellent soloists, whose interaction produces ravishing textures' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Chilcott's Requiem, mostly set to Latin texts, pays homage to its great predecessors yet has its own distinctive, serene, meditative quality, beautifully rendered by the mixed voices of Wells Cathedral Choir, Laurie Ashworth (soprano) and Andrew Staples (tenor)' (The Observer)

'This is music that is meant and deeply felt … Matthew Owens directs superlative performances from the choir, instrumentalists from the Nash Ensemble and organist Jonathan Vaughn. The engineering places us comfortably in that stunning building' (International Record Review)

'A lovely recording … this is a particularly gorgeous and uplifting work, delivered here with great sensitivity and eloquence. Owens ensures some crisp, immaculate entries, wonderful tonal purity and excitingly varied dynamics' (The Oxford Times)

I sing of a mayden
2009; dedicated to the St John Singers; from the Salisbury Vespers; also published as No 1 of the Salisbury Motets
author of text
15th century

The Salisbury Vespers was first performed in 2009 in Salisbury Cathedral by a choir of more than 500 singers from seven different city-based choirs. ‘They realized they had a huge number of choirs who never had the chance to come together’, says Chilcott. ‘At the premiere, the choirs were situated at separate points in the Cathedral—it was a difficult concept to make work, but it was very successful. The main thrust of the work was a number of large-scale psalm settings, and I interspersed these with the four motets.’

Chilcott set Marian texts suitable for different times of the year, reflecting the dedication of the Cathedral to St Mary the Virgin; each is dedicated to a different Salisbury choir. I sing of a mayden is a reflective meditation on a medieval Christmas text that shows Chilcott’s talent for the deceptively simple melody.

from notes by Jonathan Wikeley 2012

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