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Disc no. 7
Cover
The Choristers of Guildford Cathedral

Conductor: Barry Rose

Organ: Gavin Williams

Martin Kent, Keith Bennett (Trebles)

GRM 302
 
This little EP (extended play) dates from 1967 and was one of a trilogy of ‘first issues' from the then brand-new Guild Records, founded by Barry Rose. Alan Ridout was so impressed with this performance of his Sacred Songs that he later wrote a new set, dedicated to the Guildford boys, a recording of which is featured on the 1970 disc Creator Spirit (re-released under the same name in 1995).
 
Sacred Songs for Treble Voices (2nd Set)Alan Ridout
Hail, true body, born of MaryPlainsong Proper
Whence is that goodly fragrance flowing?arr. A. E. Baker
And now another day is goneLeonard Blake
Gaudent in coelisRichard Dering
 
 
 
Disc no. 8
Cover
The Choir of Guildford Cathedral

Conductor: Barry Rose

Organ: Gavin Williams

Robert Hammersley (Tenor), Philip Mindenhall (Bass)

GRM 301
 
This little EP (extended play) dates from 1967 and was one of a trilogy of ‘first issues' from the then brand-new Guild Records, founded by Barry Rose. The EP itself is no longer available, but items from it were included on the 1995 Guild Music re-issue, Creator Spirit (GMCD 7110).
 
The God of love my shepherd isJ. Randall
Nolo mortem peccatorisThomas Morley
Nunc dimittis in F majorGeorge Dyson
There is no rose of such virtueJohn Joubert
 
 
 
Disc no. 9
Cover
The Organs of Guildford Cathedral



Organ: Gavin Williams (with Barry Rose)



GRM 303
 
This little EP (extended play) dates from 1967 and was one of a trilogy of ‘first issues' from the then brand-new Guild Records, founded by Barry Rose. The EP itself is no longer available.
 
On this disc the POSITIVE organ only is used for the Tomkins duet (in which Gavin Williams is joined by Barry Rose) whilst the quieter stops of the MAIN organ are used for the Flor Peeters Chorale Prelude. The Widor Toccata brings into focus the rich sound of the FULL organ and the large pedal section (18 speaking stops) including the 32' Reed. [Original sleeve notes]
 
A Fancy for Two to PlayThomas Tomkins
Uns ist geboren ein KindeleinFlor Peeters
Toccata (Symphonie V)Charles Widor
 
 
 
Disc no. 10
Cover
Folk Songs


Conductor: Barry Rose




Abbey Records E7630
 
This was one of a pair of 45 r.p.m. EPs (extended play) made in 1967 for the Abbey Recording Company. Sadly, the theme was never followed up with a full-scale LP.
 
The five pieces of music on this disc formed part of a recital given by the Guildford Cathedral Choir in June 1967 in aid of the centenary appeal of the Royal College of Organists. Four are settings of traditional songs and one is a madrigal. [Original sleeve notes]
 
Early one morningarr. Thomas Dunhill
Fair Phyllis I saw sitting all aloneJohn Farmer
O, no Johnarr. Eric Thiman
Dance to your Daddyarr. David Stone
Bobby Shaftoearr. W. G. Whittaker
  
 
 
Disc no. 11
Cover
Carols from Guildford Cathedral


Conductor: Barry Rose

Organ: Gavin Williams
Roderick Taylor (Treble), Clifford Mould (Tenor)

Abbey E7628
 
This was one of a pair of 45 r.p.m. EPs (extended play) made in 1967 for the Abbey Recording Company.
 
Throughout the centuries poets and composers have striven to express in words and music the great joy and the eternal truth of the Nativity of Jesus Christ. Their labours have left us with a rich heritage of Carols of all nationalities and in every diverse style, and such items, using French, German and English melodies and ranging in time from the 16th to 20th Centuries, are sung on this record.
Christmas in an English Cathedral can be a unique experience to be found nowhere else in Christendom: it is an undefinable blending of building and beauty in music that creates the atmosphere that speaks of the joy at the birth of our Lord. Such a Cathedral is Guildford with its graceful and soaring arches and perfection in the proportion of the building, and here the Cathedral Choir sings these Carols as they would be heard over Christmastide when, each year, the great congregations assemble for the midnight Eucharist on Christmas Eve and the Carol Service on Christmas Day.
Although Guildford is amongst the most modern of English Cathedrals, it chooses to proclaim this age-old message with music written many centuries ago, and it is our hope that the atmosphere and joy of this season may, to some extent, have been captured on this record. [Barry Rose's original sleeve notes]
 
I saw a fair maidenR. R. Terry
Shepherds in the fields abidingharm. Charles Wood
Rejoice and be merryEnglish traditional
Lute-book lullabyW. Ballet
Song of the cribharm. Vaughan Williams
  
 
 
Disc no. 12
Music for Passiontide

Conductor: Barry Rose

Organ: Gavin Williams
John Dexter & Roderick Taylor (Trebles), Michael Barry (Alto), Clifford Mould, David Gibbs & Gordon Anderson (Tenors), Alison Herbert (Oboe), Angela Hardie (Cello)

GRS 7001
 
This disc was recorded in November & December 1967 but is no longer available in its original form. At the time it was noted for the inclusion of the famous Allegri Miserere, the first time this piece had been recorded in English by a British cathedral choir. The re-issue is called Music for Passiontide & Lent. All the original items have been reproduced except the Miserere, which had to be omitted due to various technical problems with re-mastering.
 
Go to dark GethsameneJ. S. Bach
Organ: “Christus, der uns selig macht”J. S. Bach
Lord, hear my prayerWilliam Byrd
Organ: “Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ”J. S. Bach
Miserere mei DeusWilliam Byrd
I would beside my Lord be watching  (St. Matthew Passion)J. S. Bach
Drop, drop, slow tearsOrlando Gibbons
Out of the deepThomas Morley
Organ: “Hilf Gott, dass mir's gelinge”J. S. Bach
Have mercy upon me, O God (The “Miserere”)Gregorio Allegri
  

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