Songbook

Songbook

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The trebles of Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum

Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum
Helen Porter piano
Carleton Etherington organ
Benjamin Nicholas director


This ‘songbook’ is unique to the Schola Cantorum choristers of Tewkesbury Abbey. “Essentially, it's a showcase for the Abbey trebles,” their Director of Music Benjamin Nicholas explains. “We’ve been assembling our own Songbook for quite a while now – the songs the trebles sing, from time to time, in boys-only concerts, and that they are taught in individual singing lessons. I’ve always been keen to build each boy up as a soloist, not necessarily with the express idea of them singing lots of solos, but so that they can learn to sing in a soloistic way.”

This is evident most of all in the distinctive singing of 11- year-old Laurence Kilsby, whose gifts won him the BBC Chorister of the Year competition in 2009. On this recording, he features as soloist in two Shelley settings by Roger Quilter, the Bach/Gounod Ave Maria and in John Ireland’s beautiful, sincerely-felt Passiontide motet Ex Ore Innocentium< from 1944.

'Throughout, the trebles of Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum give excellent performances of impressive consistency ..... They have an uninhibited, fresh sound coupled with the skill to sustain lengthy phrases with even tone.'

Gramophone Magazine

'The young trebles of Tewkesbury Abbey are a force to be reckoned with. They sing musically and fearlessly with excellent diction and a mature, warm tone.'

Choir & Organ, Sept/Oct 2011

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