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The royal banners forward go

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The Royal banners forward go (2004) was written for St John’s College Choir under David Hill’s direction. Harvey had set the same text 24 years earlier as part of his Church Opera, Passion and Resurrection. Fortunatus’s Latin hymn Vexilla Regis was first sung in the 6th century when a relic of the True Cross was carried in procession from Tours to Poitiers. One hears in the first three stanzas the sense of a slow, solemn procession with heads bowed low. O Tree of glory is the only stanza in the second person and we vividly glimpse the bright glory of the Cross. In the final stanza, as we gaze up at the crucified Christ, a treble soloist hangs timelessly above us.

from notes by Andrew Nethsingha © 2015


Harvey: Deo
Studio Master: SIGCD456Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 11 on SIGCD456 [3'49] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD456 track 11

Recording date
17 July 2015
Recording venue
St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Chris Hazell
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
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  1. Harvey: Deo (SIGCD456)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: May 2016
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