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O hearken thou

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Psalm 5: 2, 8 & 13

O hearken started life as a raffle ticket prize at Westminster Abbey Choir School’s Summer Fête in 2015. Panufnik had promised a fanfare, but the raffle winner, Pamela Carrington, persuaded her instead to write a new piece for the Westminster Abbey Choir and its director James O’Donnell. For the resulting Introit, says Panufnik, O’Donnell requested that it should be 'pithy' and celebratory. Panufnik’s young son, Benedict Macklow-Smith, is a chorister at the Abbey: 'It was the first time I’d heard my son sing my music,' she remembers.

from notes by Jessica Duchen © 2018


Panufnik (R): Celestial bird & other choral works
Studio Master: SIGCD543Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 4 on SIGCD543 [2'08] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD543 track 4

Recording date
20 January 2018
Recording venue
Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & James Waterhouse
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  1. Panufnik (R): Celestial bird & other choral works (SIGCD543)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: September 2018
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