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God be in my head

composer
December 2015; in memory of John Scott; first performed by St John's College Choir Cambridge on 6 February 2016
author of text
Book of Hours, 1514, in English in the Sarum Primer of 1558

 
The genesis of God be in my head is quite simple: I was in Yale and feeling very saddened by the death of John Scott, who was a very close friend. He was, up to his untimely death, Director of Music at St Thomas’ Church, New York. I saw him after a Prom concert in which I had been involved in London just a few days before he died, suddenly, in August 2015. In December, I wrote God be in my head, which Schola Cantorum recorded in January 2016. It needed to be a short, prayerful homage to a man I deeply admired since we were organ scholars together at St John’s College, Cambridge. It was sung at the memorial Evensong dedicated to his memory at St John’s College on 6 February 2017 by the College Choir, conducted by Andrew Nethsingha.

from notes by David Hill © 2019

Recordings

New England Choirworks
Studio Master: CDA68314 NEWStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 6 on CDA68314 [1'53] NEW

Track-specific metadata for CDA68314 track 6

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-19-31406
Duration
1'53
Recording date
23 January 2016
Recording venue
Christ Church, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Recording producer
Andrew Walton
Recording engineer
Mateusz Zechowski
Hyperion usage
  1. New England Choirworks (CDA68314)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: December 2019
    NEW
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