Sumsion wrote books, services and a number of anthems, including They that go down to the sea in ships which was written in 1979 for Dennis Kiddy and the Choir of Repton Preparatory School. The piece unfolds with a remarkable economy of material: a rippling, listless organ part with an attractive solo melody; rising and falling choral writing and later imitative writing, mostly developed over long-held organ pedal-notes and through changes in tempo—an object lesson in the development of musical material.
from notes by William McVicker © 1999
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