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New College Service

commissioned by Dr Edward Higginbottom for the choir of New College, Oxford, to mark his retirement as Organist and Choir Master, May 2014
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Magnificat: Luke 1: 46-55; Nunc dimittis: Luke 2: 29-32

I owe so much to my five years as a chorister (1981-6) in the choir of New College, Oxford, under the direction of Dr Edward Higginbottom, that I was delighted with this commission, to mark the great man’s retirement from the post. The melodic material is derived from Dr Higginbottom’s dates as organist; 1976 in the key of E major becomes E F# D# C#, followed by E B (Edward’s initials E.H.) followed by F# D# E A for 2014.

from notes by Alexander L'Estrange © 2016


L'Estrange: On eagles' wings & other sacred music
Studio Master: SIGCD454Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Canticle 1: Magnificat  My soul doth magnify the Lord
Track 1 on SIGCD454 [6'53] Download only
Canticle 2: Nunc dimittis  Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace
Track 2 on SIGCD454 [3'49] Download only

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