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Christmastide at Blackburn Cathedral

Christmastide at Blackburn Cathedral cover picture

Blackburn Cathedral's Choir of Men and Boys Girls' Choir Young People's Choir and Renaissance Singers

Director: Richard Tanner
Organ: Timothy Cooke
I saw three ships arr Robert Gower
The holly and the ivy arr John Rutter
Adam lay ybounden Boris Ord
The crown of roses Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Hark! the herald angels sing Felix Mendelssohn arr. David Willcocks
In the bleak midwinter Gustav Holst arr John Bertalot
Today the Virgin John Tavener
Dormi Jesu David Cooper
Unto us is born a Son arr David Willcocks
The truth from above arr Robert Gower
Veni, domine Jesu Andrew Simpson Treble Soloist: James Holding
People look East arr Barry Rose
Once in royal David's city arr David Willcocks Treble Soloist: Daniel Adams
Away in a manger arr Barry Rose
Mary's Lullaby John Rutter
In dulci jubilo arr Robert Pearsall
Deck the hall arr David Goodenough
Shepherd's pipe carol John Rutter
O little town of Bethlehem arr Ralph Vaughan Williams/Thomas Armstrong
A merry Christmas arr Arthur Warrell
The twelve days of Christmas arr John Rutter
Saint Joseph's Carol arr Howard Seymour
God rest you merry, gentlemen arr Richard Tanner
The three Kings Peter Cornelius arr Ivor Atkins Tenor Soloist: Derek Crompton
O come, all ye faithful arr David Willcocks

Total playing time 73m 00s

Christmastide at Blackburn Cathedral

The Choirs of Blackburn Cathedral

There has been a long tradition of music in worship at Blackburn Cathedral. In 1514 Thomas Stanley, second Earl of Derby, founded a school and its twelve boys formed part of the choir to sing Masses and Sunday services at what was then Blackburn Parish Church. Clearly music was held in great esteem then, and a long succession of distinguished musicians has maintained and enhanced the high standard of choral singing.

In 1926 the Diocese of Blackburn was created and the Parish Church became the Cathedral. In the past 75 years a series of building programmes has increased the proportion and stature of the original Church, making it a wonderful setting for the varied Diocesan, Civic, Community, Cathedral and Parish events that take place there each year.

Blackburn Cathedral has no choir school, or links with any selected schools and all of the singers join the choirs on a voluntary basis. As well as the well-established Cathedral Choir of boys and men, there has been a Young People's Choir, which sings Matins each Sunday, for over thirty years. The Cathedral's musical outreach has recently been enhanced by the foundation of a Girls' Choir which sings Evensong each Tuesday and Thursday. The Renaissance Singers is a chamber choir of about forty adults which sings sacred and secular music; although not formally a Cathedral Choir, they have been closely associated with the Cathedral for thirty five years and their conductor has always been the Cathedral's Organist and Director of Music.

Recorded in Blackburn Cathedral on 10th - 13th February and 30th June 2000,
by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter.

Produced by Howard Seymour
Recorded and edited by Lance Andrews
Front cover painting by R A Brown (R J L Smith and Associates)