Leicester Cathedral Chamber Choir’s new CD of choral and organ music is now available for purchase. Entitled ‘The Beatific Vision’, it features music by local composers Simon Mold and Charles Paterson. Simon is currently a Songman in Leicester Cathedral Choir, and Charles a former Songman. Compositions by both composers have been widely performed and featured on radio and television.
The music on the CD is conducted by Dr Christopher Ouvry-Johns, and the organ is played by Simon Headley. The CD cover features a detail from one of the new 2015 Leicester Cathedral Redemption Windows by Tom Denny.
Christopher Ouvry-Johns, Leicester Cathedral Director of Music, said: “I’m delighted that, in its third year, Leicester Cathedral Chamber Choir’s first CD recording is of music composed by two of its members. Whatever your taste in Choral Music, there really is something for everyone on it, ranging from large-scale accompanied Romantic anthems to shorter a cappella miniatures, with two Mass settings thrown in for good measure. While not specifically a Christmas CD, the inclusion of three carols, one of them a beautiful setting of ‘In the bleak mid-winter’ with harp accompaniment, make this an ideal present, with the festive season now only a few weeks away.”
The Dean of Leicester, the Very Revd David Monteith, said: “Our Cathedral music often celebrates the work of the great composers. But it is also a living tradition and so I am thrilled that this CD of new beautiful music reflects our 21st-century spiritual longing, celebrating great local composers and singing talent.”
The CD, on the prestigious Herald label, received an official launch in Leicester Cathedral after the morning Eucharist on the morning of Sunday 15 October, 2017, where some of the music on the recording was performed during the service.
Between then and its international release in the New Year, The Beatific Vision will be obtainable in the Christian Resources Shop in St Martin’s House, next to Leicester Cathedral at a price of £10.00, or by mail order from the Cathedral Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) at a price of £12.50, which includes postage and packing.