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Christopher Eastwood began his musical studies as a chorister at Westminster Cathedral, under the direction of James ODonnell. In addition to the Cathedrals daily services, Christopher also sang for concerts and television & radio broadcasts as well as numerous recordings on the Hyperion label. Christopher read music at Lincoln College, Oxford, where he was the Senior Organ Scholar with responsibility for the choir and the music in the college chapel.
Under his guidance the choir undertook tours to the North of England and Venice. During this period he also directed the choir in a recording of music by the Wesley family, which was released in 2003 to favourable reviews. Christopher previously held the post of Organ Scholar at Portsmouth Cathedral, during which time he toured with the choir to Belgium and Holland, as well as to Caen for the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings, which involved radio broadcasts for Radio 3 & 4.
He was subsequently appointed as Organ Scholar at Westminster Cathedral, accompanying the Cathedral Choir for the daily sung services, and, in 2005, for the live broadcast on the occasion of the Requiem Mass for Pope John Paul II. Christopher has been Director of Ealing Abbey Choir since 2006 and, as well as the weekly sung services, has led the choir on successful tours to Italy, France and the USA. Ealing Abbey Choir was founded in 1910 by Dom Cyril Rylance (a monk of the monastery), coming into existence as the Catholic Church in England was rediscovering its musical heritage through the works of Renaissance composers and Gregorian chant.
The choirs repertoire of Gregorian chant and Latin polyphony is now enhanced by the inclusion of many works by twentieth century composers. The Abbey Choir consists of treble choristers and six professional lay clerks. The choristers are all pupils of St Benedicts School, Ealing, London, where they are musically active. The Choirs principal commitment revolves around the liturgy in the Abbey Church each week and especially during Christmas and Easter.
Outside of the liturgy the choir is extremely active. The choir has made recordings on the Herald label, including motets by Bruckner and Personent Hodie, a CD of music for Advent & Christmas, and has toured extensively across Europe & USA. The choir gives regular concert performances including, most recently, Bachs St John Passion, Handels Messiah and Orffs Carmina Burana.Why should the Choir of a Roman Catholic Benedictine Abbey choose to record a Lutheran Cantata Cycle by a seventeenth-century north German organist? Dietrich (or Diderik as he was born) Buxtehude (1637 1707) is widely recognised as the organist par-excellence in the immediate period before J.S. Bach.
Bachs 250 mile pilgrimage on foot in 1705 to hear the Danish-born north German musician perform at the vast Marienkirche in Lübeck where he had been organist since 1668 is now legendary.
|1||08:26||Ad pedes ‘Ecce super montes’|
|2||07:58||Ad genua ‘Ad ubera portabimini’|
|3||09:03||Ad manus ‘Quid sunt plagae iste’|
|4||07:28||Ad latus ‘Surge amica mea’|
|5||09:45||Ad pectus ‘Sicut modo geniti infantes’|
|6||09:07||Ad cor ‘Vulnerasti cor meum’|
|7||07:35||Ad faciem ‘Illustra faciem tuam’|