St Peter's Choir releases second summer remote recording
St Peter's College Choir have released the second of their trilogy of remote vacation recordings. Professor Edward Higginbottom, Director of Music at St Peter's, writes:
The Choir of St Peter’s College (those members able to contribute during the vacation) continues its summer Covid-time performances with a recording of Charles Wood’s anthem, O Thou, the Central Orb. Once into the new academic year, the Choir will be making a blended contribution to the music of the College Chapel. It will continue its recorded multi-track performances, alongside Sunday services online. It is hoped that on Thursdays, a reduced ensemble from the Choir may be able to sing a live service in Chapel. The present restrictions on sung worship prevent anything more ambitious for the time being.
Meanwhile, here is an example of early 20th-century English Church Music at its best. Wood (1866-1926) chooses a text by the Revd Bramley. It speaks of the power of God’s presence to chase away the gloom of our ‘wintry world’, ‘gilding our darksome heaven with rays divine’. The setting is simply structured, with an arresting reprise broadening into an exhilarating final page.