‘Jubilate’, a CD featuring choristers from cathedrals across the UK, including St Anne’s Chorister Tania Murphy, will shortly be available in the Cathedral gift shop.
The Diamond Fund For Choristers album, from St Paul’s Cathedral Choir, is augmented on four tracks by choristers from no fewer than 50 cathedrals, all recorded in the acoustics of St Paul’s.
‘Jubilate: 500 Years of Cathedral Music’ was released by Decca Classics and Classic FM on March 17, and is directed by Andrew Carwood and includes former choirboy Aled Jones.
Every copy of the album sold will raise money for the Diamond Fund for Choristers which aims to help young choral singers and secure the future of cathedral music.
The songs on the album span five centuries – from Thomas Tallis’ Salvator Mundi to Paul Mealor’s Ubi Caritas, with Handel, Mendelssohn, Vaughan Williams and more between. There is also a special arrangement by John Rutter of A Gaelic Blessing, sung by Classic FM presenter Aled Jones. Most of the music chosen for the album was written by composers who themselves were former choristers, from William Byrd and Henry Purcell (Westminster) to William Walton (Christ Church, Oxford).
The young singers of St Paul’s are joined by 50 additional choristers (one representative from the vast majority of the UK’s cathedral choirs) for four tracks on the album. The massed voices can be heard in glorious sound on Handel’s Zadok The Priest, Parry’s I Was Glad and Rutter’s A Gaelic Blessing.
Classic FM’s Aled Jones enjoyed singing in St Paul’s Cathedral. “What an amazing place to record an album! I’ve never seen so many choristers from cathedrals all around the country. When I first heard them sing all together, it was phenomenal – there were tears in people’s eyes, it was just so moving. It is wonderful to capture that on an album, and for me to sing with the choir as well was just fantastic,” he said.
Andrew Carwood, Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral, said: “I hope this album gives listeners a glimpse into the little bit of heaven that we try to create every day in St Paul’s Cathedral.”
The Diamond Fund for Choristers was launched in April 2016 at a concert in St Paul’s to mark the Friends of Cathedral Music’s diamond jubilee. Tania was selected by St Anne’s Master of the Choristers David Stevens to represent the Cathedral at the concert in St Paul’s on April 27 last year.