Angels from the Vatican: The Vatican Museum -
We have been very fortunate to be involved with a recording for the ‘Patron of the Arts’ travelling museum exhibit. This is designed to bring an extraordinary wealth of art from the Vatican in Rome to sites all around the world.
The Patron of the Arts – The Vatican, Rome
This recording of the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge, directed by Mary Berry accompanies the written material at the exhibition and is a recording that we are particularly proud of!
Other Web Sites -
In addition we would like to recommend a number of web sites that may be of interest -
The Vatican Web Site
The center of the Catholic Church, Rome, Italy.
Gregorian Chant Resource
Annotated links to resources, choirs and recordings. Run by Richard Lee at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, USA.
Aid to the Chuch in Need
A universal pastoral charity of the Catholic Church, with over 7,000 projects in Eastern Europe and throughout the world, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) was founded on Christmas Day 1947 to help those suffering or persecuted for their Faith. With Herald AV Publications several recordings have been made to help raise funds and awareness.
We are a community of about 100 Roman Catholic monks following the Rule of St Benedict. We live in a beautiful valley in North Yorkshire in the north of England, on the southern border of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, about 20 miles north of York and about 10 miles east of Thirsk.
David Briggs enjoys a world-wide reputation as an organ concert artist and is renowned especially for his skill as an improviser. After having won the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and all the prizes at FRCO at the age of seventeen, he was appointed Organ Scholar at King’s College.
Home of a Roman Catholic Community of Benedictine monks in Devon, England.
A Cathedral City officially founded in 673 when Princess Etheldreda, daughter of an Anglo-Saxon King, adopted Christianity and founded a Convent / Monastery one mile north of the Saxon village called Cratendune, an act that later ensured her elevation to Saint.
Global Catholic Network – American Television Channel.
Exeter Cathedral is built on the camp of the Roman Army’s II Augustan Legion. Archaeological evidence of 5th century Christian Worship has been found. In the Seventh Century, St Boniface the Patron Saint of Germany was educated at a monastery or church adjacent to the Cathedral’s present location in 690. The history of the church as a cathedral dates from 1050 when the Bishop of Crediton (Devon) and St Germans (Cornwall) moved to Exeter. The first Bishop of Exeter, Leofric, was personally installed in his new see by King Edward the Confessor.
Farnborough Abbey, Farnborough, Hampshire.
Hailed as “one of the brightest and most active young English recitalists” who “plays with immaculate finish and buoyancy” (Classic CD), Stephen Farr is widely regarded as one of the finest organists of his generation, with a virtuoso technique and an impressive stylistic grasp of a wide-ranging repertoire.
As an established piano recitalist, he has appeared at many major UK concert venues including the Wigmore Hall & St John’s Smith Square. In addition to his many festival performances, he has worked regularly with the BBC Singers, Pimlico Opera, the European Contemporary Music Ensemble, the New London Orchestra and the City of London Sinfonia.
Incorporated Association of Organists
The Incorporated Association of Organists was formed in about 1916. It is the umbrella organisation for some 90 affiliated organists’ associations and individual members throughout the United Kingdom and internationally. Many of the IAO’s 6,000 members are organists and/or choir trainers and one of its principal activities is to help with the improvement of standards at all levels.
Since its first issue in April 1923, Gramophone has grown up alongside the classical record industry. In our pages we have followed the latest technical developments, greeted the greatest talents and watched the repertoire expand to embrace music that our founding editor would not have dreamed possible.
Naji Subhy Paul Irénée 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 Supérieur de Musique de Paris, in the classes of Roger Boutry, Jean-Claude Henry, Marcel Bitsch, Rolande Falcinelli, Jacques Castérède and Serge Nigg, where he obtained first prizes in harmony, counterpoint, fugue, organ, improvisation, analysis and orchestration.
David Hill is Master of the Music at Winchester Cathedral, Music Director of The Bach Choir and Director of the Waynflete Singers. David was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists at the age of 17 and went as Organ Scholar to St John’s College, Cambridge, where he was assistant to Dr. George Guest and studied the organ with Gillian Weir and Peter Hurford.
The Rodolfus Choir
The Rodolfus Choir consists of some of the most talented young singers from all over the UK. Many of the UK’s established professional singers were once members of the choir. The singers are chosen from past and present members of the Eton Choral Courses, who come from all over the country to sing for a few intensive days during the holidays. Many are choral scholars, some are still at school, and several hope to make their career in music. In recent years the choir has concentrated on recordings and performances within the UK.
Ralph Allwood is Precentor and Director of Music at Eton College. He was a pupil at Tiffin School, where he came under the influence of David Nield and Bruce Pullan, and graduated from Durham University in 1972 with the Eve Myra Kysh prize for music.
The London Oratory
The location for a rarely-recorded but historically important organ in one of London’s great churches. Completed in 1954, it was the first modern British church to draw in radical fashion on classical European influences and principles.
Manchester Cathedral began as a fortress chapel, though whether that fortress was part of the Anglo-Saxon network of burghs established against the Danes, or a Norman castle for keeping Anglo-Saxons in check, no one knows. The puzzle is complicated because there was also an old Roman fort a mile away at Castlefield, where archaeologists dug up the earliest evidence we have of Christians in Britain. The Sator-Rotas inscription (the Paternoster in secret code) was scratched on of a fragment of storage jar, c.175 AD. This is evidence of Christians but not necessarily of a church building.
Mansel Thomas Trust
Mansel Thomas (HAVPCD227 – Caneuon Cymru) was one of the most important and influential musicians of his generation in Wales. Famous throughout the Principality (and far beyond it) as composer, conductor and adjudicator, he was for many years the BBC’s principal music representative for Wales.
The Schola was founded in 1975 by Dr Mary Berry, a Cambridge musician and musicologist, in order to ensure that the chant should continue to be taught, and that all those who wished to sing and study this profoundly spiritual and ancient music should be able to do so. It became a registered charity in 1984.The Schola aims to promote the teaching and singing of Gregorian chant and, whenever possible, to foster its study and research. The sung liturgical music of Western Christianity, known since the time of the Carolingian Empire as ‘Gregorian Chant’, represents an unbroken tradition of two thousand years of authentic Christian song. The chants, full of beauty and variety, and with a deep spiritual content, have been composed throughout the centuries, and contain music special to many regions.
Typesetting and Research into Music and the Christian Church is balanced by a global concern for the environment and sustainability issues.
Christians have worshipped on this site since the seventh century and in this Cathedral for over 900 years. Begun in 1079 in the Romanesque style, this Cathedral is at the heart of Alfred’s Wessex and a diocese which once stretched from London’s Thames to the Channel Islands.