Lord of all hopefulness


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At first glance, this CD might appear to contain a random selection of hymns, some of which will be familiar, some will not.

There is, however, a pattern underlying the choice of hymns that echoes many of the constant cycles which speak deeply to our nature and to the rhythm of our lives. It is a pattern of beginnings and ends, of life and death, of times and seasons, most of which mark the special moments of our life both in and outside the Church.

Portsmouth Cathedral Choir is made up of around 24 choristers and 12 gentlemen and, in the tradition of the Anglican Church, contributes to the pattern of daily worship. The choristers are drawn from the Portsmouth Grammar School and from St Jude’s and St John’s College.

The gentlemen represent many professions, working throughout Hampshire, in West Sussex, and even on the Isle of Wight.

Track Duration Title Composer
1 02:15 Creator of the stars of night Plainsong (mode iv)
2 01:47 Come, thou long-expected Jesus Holden Holgate, Melody by William Boyce (1711-79)
3 05:27 Hark! the herald angels sing Menedelssohn, Adapted by W. H. Cumminings, Interludes: S. S. Wesley
4 02:49 O worship the Lord Was Lebet, Melody from the Reinhardt MS 1754, Descant:Christopher Gower
5 01:29 Drop, drop, slow tears Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
6 05:34 Were you there? American Spiritual Melody, arr. David Thorne
7 02:50 Thine be the glory G. F. Handel (1685-1759)
8 03:32 Lord, for the years M. Baughen (b. 1930), arr. D. lliff/Jubilate Hymns
9 02:37 Come, Holy Ghost Veni creator (Mechlin), Plainsong (Mode viii)
10 02:45 Be still for the presence of the Lord D. Evans, arr. Martin How
11 02:31 Ye that know the Lord is gracious C. H. H. Parry (1848-1918)
12 01:39 Morning has broken Bunessan, Old Gaelic melody
13 02:30 Lord of all hopefulness Slane, Traditional Irish Melody
14 01:24 Before the ending of the day Te lucis ante terminum Plainsong (Mode viii)
15 03:51 O Christ the same Londonderry, Air from County Derry
16 03:11 Light’s abode, celestial Salem Henry Smart (1818-79), Descant:David Thorne

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Portsmouth Cathedral


David Thorne (Organ)






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