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June 8th, 2016 - CD review: Essential Listening!
CD review: Essential Listening!

FAVOURITE CATHOLIC HYMNS *** [Essential Listening]
Choirs of the Diocese of Leeds · Herald HAVPCD 397

Just so there is no confusion with its Anglican counterpart, this delightful CD has come from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Leeds which claims to have the largest church music programme in the UK involving 2,500 children. There are 43 school choirs plus at least 13 more specialist choirs for boys, girls and mixed voices, as well as a semi-professional adult choir. Along with a couple of adult choirs this CD comprises the crème de la crème: eight different auditioned choirs singing a total of 26 Catholic hymns, including ‘Sweet Sacrament divine’, ‘Daily, daily’, and Bernadette Farrell’s ‘O God you search me and you know me’. There’s real ‘heart’ to the singing from the youngest – Bradford Catholic Junior Choir’s sweet performance of ‘Lord, for tomorrow and its needs’ – to a stirring performance of ‘Praise to the Holiest’ to R.R. Terry’s tune Billing sung by the full choir at Leeds Cathedral. How good too to hear traditional melodies being sung so well by young voices; it gives the lie to the notion that Rihanna (she’s a pop singer) is the only way to inspire the younger generation to sing!

This CD is testament to what can be achieved when proper investment is made in music and given support from the top – there is a foreword from the Bishop of Leeds. Many who mourn the demise and disintegration of music infrastructures over the past 30 years or so will gain inspiration from – and possibly envy at – what there is here. Congratulations to all involved. [Stuart Robinson]

Twenty Six of the most popular Catholic Hymns and Gregorian Chants recorded by all the children’s choirs of the Diocese from Leeds Cathedral, Bradford and Huddersfield. This inspiring collection of much-loved hymns draws on the Church's rich musical traditions, which bind together Catholics across the generations. Also including selections from the Llibre Vermell de Montserrat and featuring organ, bells and drums.

This new disk is available from the music office priced £10.00


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