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For The Fallen

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Waltham Abbey Choir

Director: Jamie Hitel
Organ: Stuart Nicholson
For the fallen Edward Elgar

Call to remembrance Richard Farrant

Darkening skies Alastair Stout

Lord let me know mine end Maurice Greene

Give us the wings of faith Ernest Bullock

For the fallen Douglas Guest
hey that go down to the sea in ships Herbert Sumsion

Et Ressurexit Kenneth Leighton

Greater love hath no man John Ireland

Nunc dimittis from the Second Service Kenneth Leighton

How lovely are thy dwellings Johannes Brahms

Total playing time 62m 54s

For The Fallen

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Jamie Hitel

Jamie Hitel was born in Southend on Sea, where he received his early musical education. After leaving school he went up to Cambridge as organ scholar at Robinson College, where he studied the organ with James O'Donnell and David Sanger. After leaving Cambridge, Jamie went to the West Coast of Norway, where he worked in the Norwegian Church for three years.

Jamie returned to England in 1992 to take up the position of Director of Music at Waltham Abbey, where his eminent predecessors include Thomas Tallis. He has developed and expanded the music programme at Waltham Abbey, and under his direction the choir undertakes a full schedule of services, concerts, broadcasts and recordings, many of which have received critical acclaim. He has continued to study the organ with Peter Hurford and Kevin Bowyer and he has a busy schedule as a recitalist and conductor.

Stuart Nicholson

Born in Essex in 1975, Stuart studied the organ at the Royal College of Music with John Birch, graduating in 1997 with a first class degree. During his studies, Stuart held various positions in London including the organ scholarship at St Paul's Cathedral, St Bride's Fleet Street and the Temple Church.

During his time at the Royal College of Music, he gave over 100 performances of pieces written by college composers, past and present, and in particular the organ works of Alastair Stout.

During 1998, Stewart was made acting assistant organist at St Mary"s Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh, where he accompanied daily services, toured America and Switzerland, and broadcast regularly on Radios 3 and 4.

As a soloist, Stuart has performed in many major venues across the country. He has played at both of the capital"s Anglican Cathedrals, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, and at London's Royal Albert and Queen Elizabeth Halls. Stuart now maintains a busy career as organist in and around London.

Cheryl Enever

Graduating in 1992 with a first class degree in music, Cheryl has subsequently studied singing with Sally Lesage, Sarah Jeffries, Nancy Argenta, Jan Waterfield and Elisabeth Hawes. She is enjoying a rich and varied career, specialising in performances of Mozart, Vivaldi and Bach as well as operatic roles, including Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Adina (L"Elisir d"Amore) and Helena (A Midsummer Night"s Dream).

Cheryl has appeared at several major venues in the south-east, including the South Bank Centre. Further afield she has toured Spain, Italy and the Netherlands where she has performed as soloist with various early-music ensembles.

Recorded in Waltham Abbey during September 1998.
Our gratitude goes to The Kenneth Leighton Trust for its generous assistance towards the cost of commissioning "Darkening Skies".

Produced by Alastair Stout
Photos by the Revd. Canon Patrick Hobson
Recorded and edited by Lance Andrews