HAVPCD251 – Trumpets Ancient & Modern Trumpets and organ from Winchester Cathedral
Crispian Steele-Perkins, who has been described as ‘the world’s leading player on baroque trumpet’, is also renowned for concerto and solo appearances on stage and screen. During his early career he was a symphonic trumpeter and active studio musician with the Sadlers Wells (now English National) Opera and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. His playing reaches millions in the musical soundtracks of films such as A Bridge Too Far, Batman, Ghandi, Jaws and James Bond, and with his signature tunes of television programmes like Dispatches and The Antiques Roadshow. He has always enjoyed giving recitals of music for trumpet and organ, using many of his own arrangements (as on this recording) to show the capabilities of instruments played in former centuries.
HAVPCD249 – Howells: Evening Canticles
Herbert Howells (1892-1983) was introduced to the music of the Anglican Church as a boy in his parish church, and his early interest in the choral tradition resulted in his becoming an ‘articled pupil’ to Herbert Brewer at Gloucester Cathedral (a position similar to today’s cathedral organ scholar). In 1912, Howells left Gloucestershire for the Royal College of Music in London, where he was to spend most of his career, first as a student to Stanford, Parry and Wood, and then as a teacher himself. His church music has become a staple part of the Anglican choral repertoire and three of his 20 settings of he Evening Canticles are sung regularly; the other 17 are unjustifiably neglected.
HAVPCD248 – Naji Hakim : Messe solennelle Langlais, Duruflé and Fauré
The Choir of Manchester Cathedral is comprised of sixteen trebles and nine lay clerks. The trebles attend the internationally renowned Chetham’s School of Music, situated next to the Cathedral. In addition to the round of daily services in the Cathedral, the Choir reaches a wider audience through concert, radio, and television appearances.