Musicians & choirs

Mary Berry and the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge.
The Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge was founded in 1975 by Dr. Mary Berry, a Cambridge musician and musicologist. It became a registered charity in 1984.

Dr. Mary Berry and the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge meeting with Pope John Paul II in Rome.

Dr. Mary Berry and the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge meeting with Pope John Paul II in Rome.

The aims of the Schola are to promote the teaching and singing of Gregorian Chant and, wherever possible, to further study and research. The sung liturgical music of Western Christianity, known since the time of the Carolingian empire as Gregorian Chant, represent an unbroken tradition of two thousand years of authentic Christian song. The chants are full of beauty and variety and have profound spiritual content. They have been composed throughout the centuries and contain music special to many regions.

The Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge have award winning recordings on the Herald AV Publications label –

HAVPCD148 – The Splender of 13th-century Salisbury Cathedral.
HAVPCD151 – Christmas in Royal Anglo-Saxon Winchester.
HAVPCD161 – The Cistercian refuge of three exiled Archbishops.
HAVPCD168 – The evocative tragedy of Abelard’s love for Heloise.
HAVPCD170 – The awe inspiring atmosphere of Notre Dame, Paris.
HAVPCD180 – The medieval drama of Christmas in 13th century Rouen.
HAVPCD189 – Gregorian Chant – Mass of the Annunciation.
HAVPCD192 – The bloody martyrdom of Thomas Becket at Vespers.
HAVPCD200 – The coming of Augustine A.D.597 – ‘Not Angles but Angels”
HAVPCD220 – Angels from the Vatican – The Invisible made Visible.
HAVPCD245 – Tv es Petrvs
HAVPCD312 – Guillaume de Machault : Messe de Nostre Dame

The Cambridge Taverner Choir
The Cambridge Taverner choir, founded in 1986, specialises in the performance of music from the high Renaissance, among its principal aims being the presentation of such polyphony in illuminating thematic or liturgical contexts and the exploration of lesser-known aspects of the repertory.

The Cambridge Taverner Choir

The Cambridge Taverner Choir

As well as regular concert series and festival appearances in Cambridge, the choir has performed in many parts of the UK, and undertook in 1991 a highly successful tour of Portugal. 1993 saw the release of the choir’s first three CD recordings; both have received critical acclaim, and Music from Renaissance Portugal was short-listed for the Gramophone Early Music Award in 1994.

HAVPCD155 – Music from Renaissance Portugal.
HAVPCD187 – What is our life? – Renaissance Laments and Elegies.
HAVPCD252 – The Song the Virgine Soong – Christmas Music from Tudor England.
HAVPCD277 – Music from Renaissance Portugal II – Mass for the 16th Sunday after Pentecost.

Naji Hakim
Naji Subhy Paul Ir?n?e HAKIM has for the last twenty years been one of the most important representatives of the great French tradition of organist-composer-improvisers. Born in Beirut in 1955, he studied with Jean Langlais, and at the Conservatoire National Sup?rieur de Musique de Paris, in the classes of Roger Boutry, Jean-Claude Henry, Marcel Bitsch, Rolande Falcinelli, Jacques Cast?r?de and Serge Nigg, where he obtained first prizes in harmony, counterpoint, fugue, organ, improvisation, analysis and orchestration.

HAVPCD248 – Naji Hakim – Messe solennelle.

Roger Judd
Roger Judd has been associated with the music of St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, since 1985, when he was appointed Assistant Organist. In this capacity he accompanies the choir for services in the Chapel, a daily round which has been offered almost uninterrupted since 1348. He has broadcast with the choir on radio and television many times, and accompanied them on tours to France, Holland, Poland, Spain and Switzerland. He has also accompanied them on recordings of music by Hubert Parry, Thomas Tomkins and John Taverner.

“…it would be hard to find a more commited advocate than Roger Judd…”
BBC Music Magazine, of the Reger disc. (HAVP203)

“…technically without blemish …playing of great panache …Roger Judd’s performances and Harrison’s splendid instrument combine with good recording to give us a most enjoyable disc…”
Organists’ Review, of the CD of favourite pieces (HAVP204)

HAVPCD203 – Max Reger – Seven Organ Pieces Op.145.
HAVPCD204 – The Organ of St. George’s Chapel – plays popular organ favourites.
HAVPCD225 – Organ Music for Christmas – The organ of St. George’s Chapel.
HAVPCD273 – Flourish for an Occasion – The organ of St. George’s Chapel.

Opus Anglicanum
Opus Anglicanum was founded in 1988 by five professional singers and a BBC reader, whose aim is to develop and present their own unique and idiosyncratic programmes of words and unaccompanied vocal music. Using early music, special arrangements, folk-song, chant and contemporary music, they create a distinctive type of entertainment which has attracted a devoted following.

HAVPCD212 – The Mystery of Christmas Night – Words and Music…
HAVPCD216 – The Seeds of Love – Collecting English Folk Music
HAVPCD236 – Music for Chaucer’s Prologue

The Rodolfus Choir
The Rodolfus Choir is made up of singers between the ages of 16 and 25 chosen from members of the Eton Choral Courses. The five Courses attract over 300 students each year, and of these a dozen or so are invited to join the Rodolfus Choir as places become vacant. Many of the singers are choral scholars, several are at music college, some are still at school, and many hope to make their careers in music.

HAVPCD158 – A Sequence for Ascension
HAVPCD176 – Mater, Ora Filium.
HAVPCD177 – Francis Grier – Twelve Anthems.
HAVPCD217 – Parry: Songs of Farewell
HAVPCD242 – By special arrangement – The Rodolfus Choir
HAVPCD280 – A Christmas Collection
HAVPCD289 – Abendlied: 19th-century Romantic German part-songs and motets
HAVPCD292 – Among the Leaves so Green: English and Scottish Folk-songs
HAVPCD305 – THOMAS TALLIS : Latin and English motets and anthems

Carl Rütti
Carl Rütti’s name is just on the verge of becoming familiar: the occasional radio broadcast, an increasing number of recordings, and a widening circle of fervent admirers are evidence of the growing popularity of his music. This Swiss composer, in his late 40s, writes choral music that’s sensuous and exuberant by turns, combining dazzling rhythms and soaring melodies with distinctively lush harmonies.

HAVPCD183 – Lieber der Liebe/Songs of Love. Cambridge Voices.
HAVPCD186 – Verena, die Quelle. Cambridge Voices and…
HAVPCD210 – Metet for 40 voices – Organ Music.
HAVPCD226 – Carl Rütti – Plays his own Piano Music.

Patrick Russill
Patrick Russill is one of the leading church musicians of his generation. He was an organ scholar at New College, Oxford under Sir David Lumsden, also studying organ with Nicholas Danby and gaining a First in Music. In 1977, at the age of 23, he succeeded Ralph Downes (on Downes’s nomination) as only the fourth Organist of the London Oratory since its foundation in 1849.

HAVPCD214 – Organ Classics at the London Oratory.
HAVPCD256 – Totus Tuus Sum, Maria.

Christopher Stokes
Christopher Stokes came to Manchester in 1992 as Organist of the Cathedral, and was appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers four years later. He had previously held posts in two of London’s notable churches: as Organist and Master of the Music at St Martin-in-the-Fields and Director of Music at St Margaret’s, Westminster Abbey. In Manchester he directs the Cathedral Choir and the Cathedral Cantata Choir, which performs with the Manchester Camerata and the Northern Chamber Orchestra. He is also one of the regular directors and organists for the Daily Service on BBC Radio 4. As a soloist Christopher has performed a great deal in the UK and abroad, and has always been busy as a continuo player, having performed, toured, recorded, and broadcast with most of Britain’s leading orchestras. He has made three recordings for Herald with the Manchester Cathedral Choir –

HAVPCD248 – Naji Hakim : Messe solennelle Langlais, Durufl? and Faur?
HAVPCD266 – Sing, Choirs and Angels!
HAVPCD278 – O clap your hands. Sacred music by Orlando Gibbons

Stephen Watson
Stephen Watson was born in Chester in 1955, and began his musical training at 13 years old with violin lessons. The trumpet was also an abiding passion at this time. His musical abilities were recognised at the City Grammar School, and afterwards at Manchester University, where he read mathematics. At university he first began composing, gaining considerable experience as an orchestral violinist as well as singing with and conducting choral societies in the north of England.

HAVPCD198 – Stephen Watson – O Captain! My Captain!
HAVPCD264 – Stephen Watson – Cello Concerto

Sebastian Wolff
A new disc in the Herald collection, recorded at Buckfast Abbey, a number of works composed by Sebastian Wolff which cover the main liturgical seasons. These works for organ are played by Jeremy Filsell.

HAVPCD229 – Sebastian Wolff – Organ works played at Buckfast Abbey.
HAVPCD270 – Cantanta for a New Era.
HAVPCD271 – Requiem and Missa brevis.

Winchester College Chapel Choir, directed by Christopher Tolley
Founded in 1382 by William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester and twice Chancellor of England, Winchester College is one of the oldest and best-known schools in Great Britain. Wykeham?s original foundation included 70 scholars, and although the school has now grown tenfold in size, the same number of scholars continues to live in medieval chambers next to the College Hall and Chapel. Wykeham also made provision for 16 singing-boys called Quiristers, whose duty was to sing at Chapel services.

For over 600 years, Winchester College has maintained its ancient choral foundation, and the Quiristers now form the treble line in Winchester College Chapel Choir, besides singing a good deal in their own right as a boys? concert choir.

The lower voices in the Chapel Choir are provided by senior pupils (and some staff) from the College, many of whom have themselves been Quiristers or choristers at cathedrals and other choral foundations.

Winchester College Chapel Choir sings a full range of choral services in the College Chapel. It gives recitals, broadcasts and records for BBC Radio and Television, and makes regular tours abroad, most recently to Canada and Hong Kong. The current Quiristers have been particularly successful in the BBC Young Chorister of the Year Competition, winning the title in 2001, 2003 and 2004. All three winners (Nicholas Stenning, Harry Sever and Thomas Jesty) are featured on the Herald recordings “Something?s Coming” and “Hear My Prayer”.

HAVPCD211 – I sing of a Maiden.
HAVPCD276 – Something’s Coming.
HAVPCD303 – Hear my Prayer.