Laurence Kilsby (treble), Nicholas Scott (tenor), Christopher Borrett (bass) &Carleton Etherington(organ)
Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum,Benjamin Nicholas(director)
For their fourth recording for Delphian, the boys and men of Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum turn their attention to that doyen of Anglican church music, Charles Villiers Stanford.
Alongside familiar gems from the Evensong repertoire, sung with characteristic vigour and freshness, the programme includes the six littleknown Bible Songs, each followed by its associated hymn.
Amongst the soloists - all members of the choir - is Laurence Kilsby, 2009 BBC Chorister of the Year, making his solo debut on disc.
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Evening Service (Magnificat & Nunc dimittis) in G major, Op. 81
Magnificat. Nunc Dimittis.
The Lord is my shepherd
Bible Songs and Six Hymns Op. 113
For lo, I raise up, Op. 145
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“How does one bring freshness to 'Praise to the Lord' or 'For lo I raise up'? The answer would seem to be group experience, for Benjamin Nicholas's soloists all come from the ranks of the choir and they are on home ground with Carleton Etherington...colourfully accompanying...[In 'For lo...'] Schola's basses, always virile, excel in their attack...Buy this disc.”