Lest We Forget (CD)

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The Choir of Chichester Cathedral, Charles Harrison

In the centenary year of the Armistice of 1918, thoughts turn to the great human cost of the First World War and many subsequent armed conflicts.

Released in support of the charity Combat Stress, this commemorative recording explores the themes associated with human conflict.

The programme brings together texts and music pointing to the frailty that leads to the violence of war but also to triumphs of the human spirit that so often arise from situations of the deepest desolation.

The Choir Of Chichester Cathedral are led by Charles Harrison in this collection of works by composers affected by the Great War, including Stanford, Bainton, Ireland, Howells, Parry and Elgar.

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Gramophone Magazine

"Chichester Cathedral Choir are relative strangers to commercial CD, so this disc provides a welcome opportunity for the outside world to hear them in action. And with such understated yet beautifully moulded singing as they give us in Bainton’s And I saw a new heaven and Parry’s Crossing the Bar one can only hope for more."

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  • Aston, P: So they gave their bodies
  • Bainton, E: And I saw a new heaven
  • Holst: I Vow to Thee, My Country
  • Ireland: Greater Love Hath No Man
  • Parry: Crossing the Bar
  • Parry: There is an old belief (No. 4 from Songs of Farewell)
  • Scholefield: The Day Thou gavest, Lord, is ended (St Clement)
  • Stanford: For lo, I raise up, Op. 145