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London Cantata

by Stapleford Choral Society, Academy of Great St. Mary's & Adam Pounds

The London Cantata falls into the English tradition and is Waltonian in style with a hint of Vaughan Williams.
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1. Festival Overture
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2. Funeral Sentences, Z. 860: I. Man That Is Born of a Woman
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3. Funeral Sentences, Z. 860: II. In the Midst of Life
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4. Funeral Sentences, Z. 860: III. Thou Knowest Lord
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5. Messiah, HWV 56: IV. And the Glory of the Lord
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6. Songs of Farewell: No. 1, My Soul, There Is a Country
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7. 3 Motets, Op. 38: No. 3, Beati Quorum Via
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8. 3 Motets, Op. 38: No. 1, Ave Verum
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9. If Ye Love Me
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10. London Cantata: I. In Honour of the City of London (Live)
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11. London Cantata: II. Composed Upon Westminster Bridge (Live)
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12. London Cantata: III. Interlude (Live)
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13. London Cantata: IV. Shadwell Stair (Live)
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14. London Cantata: V. A March Day in London (Live)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
All of the works recorded on this disc have a connection with London. The choice of pieces moves through the centuries culminating with the first ‘live’ recording of the ‘London Cantata’ by Adam Pounds.

The ‘ London Festival Overture’ by Adam Pounds was composed in 1987 and was the result of a commission from the London Borough of Waltham Forest with funding from the Greater London Arts to celebrate the Waltham Forest Arts Festival.
The following pieces are fine examples of part-songs and sacred choral works ranging from the Purcell ‘Funeral Sentences’ composed for Queen Mary who died in 1694 to the anthem ‘If Ye Love Me’ by Adam Pounds. Stanford and Parry are also represented as is Elgar who all had connections with the Royal College of Music. And no collection of English music would be complete without that of Handel.

The ‘London Cantata’ was especially composed for the combined forces of the Academy of Great St. Mary’s and the Stapleford Choral Society during 2016-17. The work is scored for a standard symphony orchestra, S.A.T.B. choir and a baritone soloist.
The piece opens in celebratory mood setting the words of William Dunbar, a 16th century poet and the music has traces of Walton’s influence in it. However, it isn’t long before the music turns to a more reflective mood and we hear the words of George Eliot’s In a London Drawing Room. This really explains the idea behind the work in that we scratch the polished veneer of the great city and we find a vast array of lifestyle, history, opulence and poverty.
The solo baritone conveys the loneliness that can be experienced even in a crowded environment and he plays his part as the ghost in Shadwell Stair by Wilfred Owen and also features in Upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth. Between the Wordsworth and the Owen there is a short orchestral interlude. The theme of this is based on the famous Westminster Chimes. This is appropriate as the chimes although strongly associated with London were composed in 1793 for a new clock that was installed in Great St. Mary’s, Cambridge. The piece concludes with the words of Amy Levy who was the first Jewish woman to study at Cambridge University. Her evocative poem A March Day in London provides some beautiful descriptive lines.
This is a piece to be enjoyed by all but will probably have even deeper meaning for anyone who has lived in or loves our capital city.


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