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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


Chilcott: Requiem & other choral works
Studio Master: CDA67650Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 8 on CDA67650 [4'06]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67650 track 8

Recording date
22 June 2011
Recording venue
Wells Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Chilcott: Requiem & other choral works (CDA67650)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: April 2012
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