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Over The Rainbow

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The Boys and Men of the Choir The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Albans

Director: Barry Rose
Organ: Andrew Parnell
Here I am, Lord Fr. Dan Schutte S.J.
The Kingdom of Heaven Otto Olsson arr. Barry Rose
Lord, when you came to earth Alice Tegnér arr. Barry Rose
Jesus Christ the apple tree Anthony Piccolo
Give us the wings of faith Mark Blatchly
Somewhere over the rainbow Harold Arlen arr. Martin Pickard
Is you is, or is you ain't my baby? Louis Jordan arr. James Oxley
All wisdom cometh from the Lord Philip Moore
Prevent us, O Lord Alan Ridout
O be joyful in the Lord (Jubilate Deo) Richard Shephard
Magnificat in D minor Robert Ashfield
Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Negro Spiritual arr. by H.T.Burleigh
There is no rose of such virtue Malcolm Archer
The Key Anthony Piccolo
Let him who seeks, not cease seeking Richard Shephard
Ave Maria, gratia plena Franz Biebl
Saviour, prize of the world Gustaf Nordqvist
Light of the world John Dankworth
When I'm sixty-four lyrics and music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney arr. Nicholas Hare

Total playing time 68m 00s

Over The Rainbow

Over The Rainbow

"Over the Rainbow" is a collection of twentieth century choral items, both sacred and secular, and is a selection from some of the music sung by the choir of the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban during three visits to the United States of America in the early 1990's. In cathedrals, churches and schools in Baltimore, Greenwich Conn, New Haven, New York, Philadelphia, Princeton, Orlando, Tampa, Palm Beach, Washington DC and Wilmington, the choir sang many of the so called standard classics of English church music whilst also introducing their audiences to some of the newer choral repertoire, both European and American.

On this record we have consciously omitted works which have already been recorded by several other choirs, and out of the nineteen tracks you will now hear, we think that at least fourteen have been recorded for the first time in the UK, and probably more than that. In an age when musical versatility seems to be a pre-requisite not just of the great orchestras but now also of choirs, we make no apology for the inclusion of the secular items. Rather we hope that they will show you a different side of this cathedral choir whose priority remains the leading of the worship at this great Cathedral and Abbey Church.
Barry Rose - July 1995

Special thanks to the Fraternity of Friends of St Albans Abbey for their sponsorship of this recording.

Produced by Lee Ward
Recorded and edited by Lance Andrews in St Albans Abbey, March/May 1995