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Cornhill Visions

by The Choir of St Michael’s Cornhill & Jonathan Rennert

This recording celebrates one hundred years of musical innovation at St Michael’s, the historic church on Cornhill, near the Mansion House, the Bank of England, and the Royal Exchange.
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1. The Eyes of All
The Choir of St Michael’s Cornhill & Jonathan Rennert
1:39 $0.99
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2. Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge
The Choir of St Michael’s Cornhill, Jonathan Rennert, Benjamin Newlove & William Morley
8:52 $0.99
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3. Even Such Is Time
The Choir of St Michael’s Cornhill & Jonathan Rennert
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4. Be Strong and of a Good Courage
The Choir of St Michael’s Cornhill, Jonathan Rennert & Benjamin Newlove
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5. O Gladsome Light
The Choir of St Michael’s Cornhill & Jonathan Rennert
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6. Da Pacem Domine
The Choir Of St Michael’s Cornhill, Jonathan Rennert & Benjamin Newlove
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7. Magnificat
The Choir of St Michael’s Cornhill, Jonathan Rennert & Benjamin Newlove
5:26 $0.99
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8. Psalm 79
The Choir of St Michael’s Cornhill, Jonathan Rennert & Benjamin Newlove
4:32 $0.99
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9. Here Rests His Head
The Choir of St Michael’s Cornhill, Jonathan Rennert & Graham Thorpe
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10. Jesu, The Very Thought of Thee
The Choir of St Michael’s Cornhill & Jonathan Rennert
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11. A Vision of Aeroplanes
The Choir of St Michael’s Cornhill, Jonathan Rennert & Jeremiah Stephenson
8:51 $0.99
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12. Memoria
The Choir of St Michael’s Cornhill, Jonathan Rennert, Nicola Corbishley, Patrick Craig & Colin Huehns
6:53 $0.99
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13. Valiant-for-Truth
The Choir of St Michael’s Cornhill & Jonathan Rennert
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Cornhill Visions
A century of musical innovation
The Choir of St Michael’s Cornhill
Jonathan Rennert conductor
William Morley trumpet (track 2)
Nicola Corbishley soprano, Patrick Craig countertenor, Colin Huehns erhu (track 12)
Jeremiah Stephenson (track 11), Graham Thorpe (track 9),
Benjamin Newlove (tracks 2,4,7,8) organ

1 The eyes of all – Harold Darke* 1:39
2 Lord, Thou hast been our refuge – Ralph Vaughan Williams 8:52
3 Even such is time – Harold Darke* 3:03
4 Be strong and of a good courage – Harold Darke* 5:35
5 O gladsome light – Harold Darke 3:17
6 Da pacem Domine – Rhiannon Randle* 3:56
7 Magnificat – Arnold Bax 5:26
8 Psalm 79 (O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance)
– Jonathan Rennert* 4:32
9 Here rests his head – Philip Moore* 4:58
10 Jesu, the very thought of Thee – Gareth Treseder* 2:53
11 A Vision of Aeroplanes – Ralph Vaughan Williams 8:51
12 memoria – Rhiannon Randle* 6:53
13 Valiant-for-Truth – Ralph Vaughan Williams 6:07
*First recording
This recording celebrates one hundred years of musical innovation at St Michael’s, the historic church on Cornhill, near the Mansion House, the Bank of England, and the Royal Exchange. Built above the foundations of the Basilica of Roman Londinium, and boasting a magical acoustic, St Michael’s has attracted composers, singers and organists for well over six hundred years.

The past one hundred years have seen just three Directors of Music: Harold Darke, appointed in 1916; Richard Popplewell who succeeded him in 1966; and Jonathan Rennert, appointed in 1979, and celebrating 40 years at St Michael’s in 2019.

During that period many composers have written music for the Choir of St Michael’s, and its sister group, St Michael’s Singers, including Ralph Vaughan Williams, Herbert Howells, Sir William Harris, Sir George Dyson, William Mathias, Kenneth Leighton, Michael Berkeley, Ruth Byrchmore, and Sir Stephen Cleobury – creating an enviable legacy of ground-breaking, and often visionary, works. Today, a younger generation of composers is being nurtured, through such initiatives as the appointment of a Composer in Residence.

The programme is built around four seminal works of the twentieth-century English choral tradition: Vaughan Williams’s post-war hymn of thanksgiving Lord, The hast been our refuge; his apocalyptic and technically-demanding A Vision of Aeroplanes; and Valiant-for-Truth – a setting of mystical religious words by John Bunyan, here given an emotionally-powerful quiet ending, as suggested by Vaughan Williams himself, and differing from both the published score and all other recordings. Arnold Bax’s virtuoso and quirky setting of the Magnificat forms the centrepiece of the programme.

Around these pillars are first recordings of a selection of works by Harold Darke, two recent compositions by the current young Composer in Residence, Rhiannon Randle, and new works from Gareth Treseder, Philip Moore, and Director of Music, Jonathan Rennert.





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