Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.

Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. The site is also available in several languages.

Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.

Click cover art to view larger version
Track(s) taken from CDA66826

Strengthen ye the weak hands

author of text
Ecclesiasticus 38:4, 6, 9, 10, 12; Isaiah 35:1-6; Book of Common Prayer

St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Andrew Lucas (organ)
Recording details: June 1995
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: April 1996
Total duration: 7 minutes 59 seconds


'St Paul's is the king of cathedral choirs, and the sound of their singing, with the majesty of the organ in the awesome reverberance of the great building to match, is as rich and noble as any sound on earth' (Gramophone)

'Truly heroic performances from the St Paul's Choir which is on top form. A memorable record' (Organists' Review)
Sir William Harris (1883-1973) is represented on Volume 3 of ‘The English Anthem’ with the double-choir work Faire is the Heaven, on Volume 4 with Bring us, O Lord God and on Volume 5 with O what their joy and their glory must be.

Harris was a pupil of Sir Walter Parratt, Charles Wood and Sir Walford Davies at the Royal College of Music, holding posts at New College and Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford and at the Royal College of Music before moving to St George’s Chapel, Windsor, in 1933. Harris could hardly be described as a prolific composer, but his music is well planned and carefully executed. Kenneth Long describes his anthems—and, in particular, Strengthen ye the weak hands—as ‘some of the last roses of a very long summer’, and correctly notes that they are in the same vein, and have similar formularies and outlook to examples by Stanford.

This anthem opens with a recitative for tenor. Particularly noticeable is Harris’s attention to the detail of word-setting—take for example the music and rhythms at ‘then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing’. From this point the organ has an important part—a characteristic of Harris’s work also demonstrated in O what their joy. The music was written in Canterbury Cathedral and first sung there at the opening service commemorating the Science and Art of Healing at the Canterbury Festival, 25 June 1949, and is generally used on St Luke’s Day.

from notes by William McVicker © 1996

Waiting for content to load...
Waiting for content to load...