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Treasures of Christ Church

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Treasures of Christ Church
Treasures of Christ Church


Treasures of Christ Church is a newly recorded, special collection of 500 years of English choral music sung from original manuscripts, uncovering the unique history of music at Christ Church from Tallis, Taverner, Handel, Purcell and Byrd through to world premieres from Rutter and Goodall.

All of the composers on 'Treasures' had an association with Christ Church (whose hallowed halls were famously seen in the Harry Potter films), stretching back to the tenure of John Taverner, through Tallis, Handel, Purcell and Byrd to present day world premiere recordings of works by John Rutter and Howard Goodall.

The history: John Taverner, the most outstanding English composer of his time, was appointed Informator Choristarum of Cardinal College, Oxford in 1526, with the brief of establishing the foremost choral institution in the country. He succeeded magnificently and the tradition continues to this day at what is now known as Christ Church, Oxford. The Choir maintains a special and distinctive place within the great English choral tradition, with an unbroken, continuous tradition of glorious music-making for over five hundred years. Today the choir is renowned for its vibrant sound and artistic versatility, qualities that have been praised throughout the world.

Packaging will feature striking visuals with photographs of original manuscripts on pristinely preserved parchment and leather-bound, gold-embossed scores. The promotional video will take viewers through the unrivalled archives and include interviews with Stephen Darlington and the composers.

Personnel: Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Stephen Darlington (director)

Critical acclaim for Choir of Christ Church:

"A disc to send the spirits soaring. Glorious beyond words." - Gramophone, Best of 2009 (on More Divine than Human: Music from the Eton Choirbook)

"The singing, by the famed Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, is beautiful...this album is a definite prize." - St. Louis Post-Dispatch (on More Divine than Human: Music from the Eton Choirbook)


  1. Name
  2. Handel: Zadok the priest
  3. Walton: Set me as a seal
  4. Tallis: Salvator mundi
  5. Purcell: O God thou are my God 
  6. Parsons: Ave Maria
  7. Britten: Shepherds carol (Auden)
  8. Howells: Like as the hart (dedicated to Thomas Armstrong, Organist of ChCh) Tavener: The Lords pray
  9. Taverner: Christe Jesu (with the Elizabeth text as in ChCh source)
  10. Grier: My breath lies quiet
  11. Warlock: Bethlehem down
  12. Rutter: Canticle of the Heavenly City
  13. Byrd: O Lord make thy servant Elizabeth
  14. Darlington: Jacobs ladder
  15. Gibbons: Great Lord of Lords
  16. Goodall: Veni, sancte spiritus 
  17. Weelkes: Hosanna
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