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The Kings School, Canterbury. The Kings School has its roots in the sixth century and its pupils live and work within the inspirational and ancient Precincts of Canterbury Cathedral and the grounds of St Augustines Abbey. Music has played a central role in the schools life from its monastic foundations.
The Crypt Choir, under the direction of Howard Ionascu, is the schools senior choir. Its primary purpose is to provide music for weekly School services in Canterbury Cathedral, where the Kings School is part of the Foundation. The choir also performs at outside venues, most recently St Pauls, Knightsbridge, The Temple Church, St Johns, Smith Square and Westminster Abbey.
It has toured extensively, including a number of European countries, New York, Boston, New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong. The Choir reached the final stage of the 2005 BBC Choir of the Year at the Lowry Centre in Salford. In July of that year the Choir was invited to perform Tallis Spem in alium alongside The Sixteen and Harry Christophers in Canterbury Cathedral.
The Choir has been particularly active in performing contemporary music. It has performed in the Sounds New Festivals, featuring works by James Macmillan, Paul Patterson and Gabriel Jackson. In December 2005 it gave the first performance of a commission by Howard Goodall, Of the dark past, in Canterbury Cathedral.
Howard Ionascu studied music at Manchester University and The Royal Northern College of Music, before being appointed a Vicar Choral in Wells Cathedral Choir. Whilst at Wells, he sang on many recordings, broadcasts and international tours. In 1997 he founded The Laudate Choir, a young semi-professional choir, which performs regularly in London as well as further afield.
|1||02:30||Angelus ad Virginem||arr. Willcocks|
|2||01:27||Adam lay Ybounden||Boris Ord|
|3||03:47||A Spotless Rose||Jonathan Willcocks|
|4||04:58||Christmas Night||arr. Rutter|
|5||04:17||There is no Rose||Simon Whalley|
|6||02:49||I Saw three Ships||Richard Rodney Bennett|
|7||03:20||O Magnum Mysterium||Tomas Luis de Victoria|
|8||03:07||Illuminare, Jerusalem||Judith Weir|
|9||02:35||The Truth from Above||arr. Vaughan Williams|
|10||04:42||Es ist ein Ros entsprungen||arr. Sandstrom|
|11||06:11||Magnificat in A||Charles Villiers Stanford|
|12||02:20||Ding Dong! Merrily on High||arr. Willcocks|
|13||04:34||In the bleak Mid-winter||Harold Darke|
|14||01:51||Jingle Bells||arr. Allwood|
|15||02:57||Joys Seven||arr. Cleobury|
|16||04:42||Lo! he comes||arr. Robinson|