Saturday 22 December 2012

New record label from Llandaff Cathedral

Jacob Epstein's Majestas in the nave at Llandaff Cathedral
Jacob Epstein's Majestas in the nave
at Llandaff Cathedral
Llandaff Cathedral has launched its own label with a disc entitled Majestas, intended to showcase both the choir and the new Nicholson organ. The organ, which is described as 'the largest, wholly-new, British built organ to be commissioned in a UK cathedral for nearly half a century', had its first part installed in 2010 with the remainder (11 stops from the Solo organ and 4 from the Pedal) in 2013. The title of the disc refers to the Epstein sculpture which was commissioned as part of the renewal of the cathedral after the damage in the war.

The recording includes Stanford's Te Deum in B flat and Ye Choir of Jerusalem, Francis Jackson's Evening Service and the first recording of his Te lucis ante terminum plus music by Vaughan Williams, William Matthias, Richard Lloyd and Simon Lindley. The choir consists of 20 choristers and twelve gentleman (lay clerks and choral scholars). It is conducted by Richard Moorhouse, organist and master of the choristers, with James Norrey playing the organ. All profits from the disc go to African charities, and a further disc is planned for next year.

Further information on Majestas from Llandaff Cathedral's website, where there is also a sample audio clip.

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