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God be in my head

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


New England Choirworks
Studio Master: CDA68314Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 6 on CDA68314 [1'53]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68314 track 6

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
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