Hyperion Records

Lullay my liking
Lullay my liking by Francis Pott (born 1957) is a carol written specifically for St John’s. Pott is known both as a pianist and a composer, in particular of choral music—his oratorio A song on the end of the world, for example—as well as music for organ such as his Passion Symphony Christus. Lullay my liking was first heard in the Advent Sunday service in 2004 and is dedicated to David Hill and his wife Alice. The composer has written that the carol ‘seeks to evoke a plausibly medieval sensibility, to match the words, whilst also remaining detectably of its own time’. This is achieved partly through Pott’s retention of the text’s verse and refrain structure with solos and duets alternating with the full choir. The music surges to a climax as the angels sing of the birth of the Christ Child, then slowly fades with the words set against hushed humming, until finally everything comes full circle with the return of the music of the opening.

from notes by Andrew Burn © 2006

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67576 track 16
Recording date
15 January 2006
Recording venue
St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Christmas at St John's Cambridge (CDA67576)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: October 2006
   English   Français   Deutsch