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Hills of the North

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Back in 1937, in his study at St Paul’s Girls’ School where he was Director of Music, Howells sketched an outline tune for Charles Edward Oakley’s Advent hymn, Hills of the north, rejoice. Nothing came of that as a hymn, but when forty years later in 1977, he was asked for an anthem to celebrate the centenary of another girls’ school, Clifton High School, Bristol, he took that outline and expanded it into what the editor Barry Rose calls this ‘virtuoso tour-de-force for upper-voice choirs’. It is an exciting and exhilarating setting of these well-known words, another example of Howells’ last burst of creative power, a composer in complete command of his technique. After the first performance which Howells attended in Bristol Cathedral, he wrote that the 68 strong school choir ‘sang it as if they loved it!’.

from notes by Paul Andrews © 2008


Howells: I love all beauteous things & other choral and organ music
SIGCD151Download only


Track 2 on SIGCD151 [4'12] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD151 track 2

Recording date
24 February 2008
Recording venue
St Bartholomew's Church, Dublin, Ireland
Recording producer
Mark Wardell
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
Hyperion usage
  1. Howells: I love all beauteous things & other choral and organ music (SIGCD151)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: November 2008
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