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In Praise of St Colomba: The Sound World of the Celtic Church

  • 16 May 2014

Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Barnaby Brown, Triplepipes & Lyre, Geoffrey Webber, Director.



In this new CD release from Gonville and Caius Choir a ground-breaking programme from Geoffrey Webber recreates three distinct sound-worlds: 7th-century hymns from Iona, 10th-century chants from Celtic foundations in Switzerland, and 14thcentury Columban antiphons from the Inchcolm libellus. As well as the evidence of early notation and of drawings and other indications of instrumentation, the performance styles – developed in an exciting extended collaboration with scholar and piper Barnaby Brown – are informed by oral traditions from as far afield as Sardinia and the Outer Hebrides.

These are the kind of performances that makes you want to stand up and cheer even if you're the only person in the room. International Record Review, October 2013.

The Choir have often specialised in the rediscovery of forgotten choral repertories, including previously unpublished music from within the English choral tradition and beyond, and their five recordings on Delphian reflect this. Among the accolades their previous releases have received, their 2011 recording of music by the leading British composer Judith Weir (Delphian DCD34095) was BBC Music Magazine’s Choral and Song Choice in December 2011. The choir has also joined together with the Choir of King’s College London in two recording projects Rodion Shchedrin’s ‘Russian liturgy’ The Sealed Angel (Delphian DCD34067) and, most recently, Deutsche Motette: German Romantic choral music from Schubert to Strauss (Delphian DCD34124).

The album launch for this disc will take place on Friday 13th June at 7.30pm at St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch, London. Part of the Spitalfields Festival.