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Music Ever Divine - Roger Drabble

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Roger Drabble

Organ: Malcolm Archer
Art thou troubled? Georg Frideric Handel
When I am laid in earth Henry Purcell
Bist du bei mir Attr. G.H.Stöelzel
All in the April evening Hugh Roberton
Love came down at Christmas Malcolm Archer
Orpheus with his lute Arthur Sullivan
Pleasure it is Alan Ridout
I wonder as I wander John Jacob Niles
Sing a song of joy Thomas Campian
Litany to the Holy Spirit Peter Hurford
Tell me, lovely shepherd William Boyce
Linden Lea Ralph Vaughan Williams
A New Year carol Benjamin Britten
How beautiful are the feet Georg Frideric Handel
Ex ore innocentium John Ireland
Come, my way, my truth, my life Alexander Brent-Smith
A Hymn to the Virgin Malcolm Archer
Pie Jesu Domine Gabriel Fauré
Hymn to the Holy Spirit Malcolm Archer
The Call Ralph Vaughan Williams
In the bleak mid-winter Gustav Holst
When God was minded to be born Arr. Malcolm Archer
Lord Jesus Christ (Living Lord) Patrick Appleford

Total playing time 63m 32s

Music Ever Divine - Roger Drabble

Roger Drabble

Roger Drabble was born on 7 January 1983 in Exeter, the youngest of four children in a musically involved West Devon family. His vocal talent was first spotted by staff at St Rumon¹s Infant School, Tavistock. In 1990, at the age of seven, he was admitted to Exeter Cathedral Choir as a Probationer, ultimately becoming Head Chorister there five years later under the direction of Lucian Nethsingha.

In September 1996 Roger transferred to Wells Cathedral School in Somerset for his Secondary education and was immediately invited by Malcolm Archer to join Wells Cathedral Choir. A year later, in September 1997, he became Head Chorister once again, this time at Wells.
Roger is a talented treble and a confident soloist with an extensive repertoire. He has travelled widely and performed in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France and the Channel Islands. At home he has sung at the Four Choirs Festival, the Three Spires Festival, the Edington Music Festival and at numerous concerts throughout the South West including concerts with the Bournmouth Sinfonietta and the Exeter University Sinfonietta.

His solo lead at a candlelit performance of the Allegri Misereri in the 1996 Exeter Festival with Schola Cantorum was a particular highlight for him which attracted excellent reviews at the time.
His BBC broadcast appearances have included Radio 4 Morning Service with Sir Harry Secombe, Radio 3 Choral Evensongs (3), Blue Peter, BBCTV Sunday Morning Worship and a Radio Bristol concert. Over the years he has sung in the presence of many distinguished people including HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Kent.

Outside the choir Roger is a gifted trumpet player and keen sportsman, currently studying at Wells Cathedral School. (1968)

Recorded in the Crossing of Wells Cathedral during April and May 1998.

Recorded and edited by Lance Andrews.