The choir of Salisbury Cathedral today maintains a tradition of church music that has been offered in the cathedral for over seven hundred years ever since its consecration in 1258.
In 1991, the same year in which the 900th anniversary of the founding of the very first boys' choir was being celebrated, Salisbury became the first English cathedral to form a separate and independent Foundation for girl choristers. They sang their first service in October of that year and now rotate with the boys in singing the daily offices.
The choristers sing a fully choral Evensong every day and on Sunday mornings there is also a Sung Eucharist and Mattins. In addition to singing for services, there are many other commitments such as BBC broadcasts, concerts, recordings and the annual Southern Cathedrals' Festival, which combines the cathedral choirs of Winchester, Chichester and Salisbury.
Salisbury Cathedral Choir Locally associated composers, Richard Shephard, Bernard Rose, Jonathan Dove, Simon Lole & David Halls, feature alongside masterpieces by Bruckner, Brahms, Parry & others. This new recording was made in June 2004 to celebrate 75th anniversary of the Friends of Salisbury Cathedral.
Salisbury Cathedral Choir Organist and Master of The Choristers Christopher Dearnley with Richard Lloyd(Assistant Organist)
Reissued in 1975 under Title "Salisbury Cathedral Choir The Soloists and Choir of Salisbury Cathedral."
Salisbury Cathedral Choir A: Yea, though I walk (Sullivan - The Light of the World) (matrix BR1938-2) sung by the full choir B: He shall feed His flock (Handel - Messiah) (BR 1939-3) sung in unison by the trebles Rec. 11 July 1928 by the Choir of Salisbury Cathedral with organ accomp. by the Cathedral organist Dr Walter G. Alcock (1861-1947). This record retailed at three shillings and was deleted in July 1940.
"An exceptionally beautiful choir record. The lovely air from the Messiah is sung in unison by the trebles, and Sullivan's Yea, though I walk by the full choir. Intonation and 'atmosphere' are perfect, and recording faultless." (The Sound Wave, London, Dec. 1928)
This disc was reissued in 2000 on the special issue CD SCS 276501 "Salisbury Cathedral Archive Recordings 1927-1965".
Salisbury Cathedral ChoirMichael Deason-BarrowAndrew Townsend (non-treble) Not commercially released.
Tracks 1-8 A Talk followed by Organ Music played by Sir Walter Alcock (Organist 1917-1947)
Tracks 9-15 From Dr Douglas Guest's Timne as Organist (1950-1957)
Tracks 16-18 From Dr Christopher Dearnley's Time as Organist (1957-1968)
Tracks 19-20 Two Songs written for Reunion Festivals at the Salisbury Choristers' School
Salisbury Cathedral Choir In March 1995 BBC television broadcast a 49-minute documentary "Heavenly Voices", made the previous year, about the Choir School at Salisbury Cathedral, which three years earlier had become the first cathedral in Britain to introduce a girls' choir in addition to the long-standing boys' choir. The programme featured voice trials, choir practice, cathedral services and interviews with choristers.
Salisbury Cathedral Choir by Dora H. Robertson. 2nd Ed. Firecrest Publishing, Bath 1969.
Gem of a book that retells the 700 year history of the choristers of Salisbury Cathedral. Dora Robertson, the wife of the headmaster at the time of publication, must have be a tireless researcher for the book is a tome of facts and antidotal information all woven together to create a monumental historical tapestry.
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