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Ascendit - Music from Passiontide to Ascension was recorded by the Whitehall Choir in summer 2014 at St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London EC1. Conducted by Paul Spicer with organ accompaniment by Ian Tindale and solos by mezzo-soprano Anna Harvey and singers drawn from the choir, the music is 'from that key period of the church's year', writes Paul Spicer in the CD notes, 'from the mid 16th century to the present day, from familiar and much loved pieces to the new and as yet unknown'. Inspiring and beautiful in equal measure, it will provide listening enjoyment at any time of year. Included is the world première recording of Christ on the Cross by Whitehall Choir Young Composer winner, Samuel Parsons.
Music for Passiontide to Ascension
Whitehall Choir's second CD features little-known Christmas music across the centuries. Recorded at St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London, in early 2009, this CD includes two settings of the Magnificat (by Finzi and Howells) as well as pieces by Palestrina, Bach, Victoria, Mendelssohn and the choir's conductor, Paul Spicer.
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Music for the Season of Christmas
…[Whitehall Choir] acquit themselves admirably in another programme that spans the centuries, from Palestrina, Victoria and Byrd to the present day…
Gramophone, December 2009
Whitehall Choir's first recording in 2007 showcases the drama and richness of music for voices, wind and brass instruments. Bruckner's Mass in E Minor combines symphonic grandeur with a purity of expression reminiscent of Palestrina. Paul Spicer's vividly colourful setting of R S Thomas' poetry makes an exciting contemporary contrast in this new CD magnificently recorded in St Mary-le-Bow church in London.
ANTON BRUCKNER Mass in E Minor
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…instrumental writing which is assured, inventive and colourful… a performance which is committed and compelling…
Organists' Review, October 2007