The Choir of Chichester Cathedral

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Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212056226
Catnr: SIGCD 562
Release date: 02 November 2018
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02 November 2018

About the album

In the centenary year of the Armistice of 1918, our thoughts turn to the great human cost of the First World War and many subsequent armed conflicts. Combat Stress, founded shortly after the end of the war, was an early pioneer in responding to the profound mental scars sustained by service personnel. As awareness of mental illness grows, and as the extent of the need for treatment becomes ever more apparent, the charity continues to provide invaluable support to those who suffer as a result of traumatic events experienced during their time with the armed services.

Honderd jaar na de wapenstilstand van 1918 gaan onze gedachten uit naar de prijs van de Eerste Wereldoorlog en vele gewapende conflicten die later plaatsvonden. Deze herdenkingsopname, uitgegeven met steun van de liefdadigheidsorganisatie Combat Stress, verkent de thema’s die geassocieerd worden met menselijke conflicten. Het programma omvat teksten en muziek die wijzen op de zwakheid die leidt tot het geweld van de oorlog, maar ook op de triomfen van de menselijke geest die zo vaak voortkomen uit de meest ellendige situaties.

Het Choir of Chichester Cathedral wordt geleid door Charles Harrison in deze opname van werken van componisten die zijn getroffen door de Eerste Wereldoorlog, onder wie Stanford, Bainton, Ireland, Howells, Parry en Elgar.

Combat Stress, opgericht kort na het einde van de Eerste Wereldoorlog, was een pionier in het reageren op de diepe mentale littekens die aanhouden bij militairen. Terwijl het bewustzijn van mentale ziekten groeit en terwijl de mate van de behoefte voor behandeling steeds duidelijker wordt, blijft de liefdadigheidsorganisatie waardevolle steun bieden aan hen die lijden als gevolg van traumatische gebeurtenissen die ze tijdens hun militaire dienst hebben ervaren.


Chichester has long enjoyed a high reputation for the quality of its music. The choir's broad repertoire encompasses works from the Middle Ages to the present day, including over forty pieces written specifically for Chichester. The daily offering of music, performed in the Cathedral's beautiful acoustics, is at the heart of our pattern of worship.

With a total of 18 boy choristers and 6 lay vicars, Chichester has one of the smallest cathedral choirs in Britain. The lay vicars are all professional singers and live in or near the Cathedral Close. The choristers are educated at the Prebendal School where they start as 'Probationers' in Year 3 or 4 (age 7-9), rising to the rank of chorister after about one year.

A highlight of the choir's year is its participation in the Southern Cathedrals Festival, where they join forces with their colleagues from the cathedrals of Winchester and Salisbury for a three-day celebration of choral music which draws its audience from around the world.

Early in December, the choir visits Chichester's famous Festival Theatre, performing in a series of Christmas concerts to a combined audience of several thousand.

Further afield, the choir regularly tours abroad, enjoying particularly close links with Ravenna, Bayreuth, Bamberg and Chartres.


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