For The Fallen
Waltham Abbey Choir
Director: Jamie Hitel
Organ: Stuart Nicholson
For the Fallen
Jamie Hitel was born in Southend on Sea, where he received his early musical education. After leaving school he went up to Cambridge as organ scholar at Robinson College, where he studied the organ with James O'Donnell and David Sanger. After leaving Cambridge, Jamie went to the West Coast of Norway, where he worked in the Norwegian Church for three years.
Jamie returned to England in 1992 to take up the position of Director of Music at Waltham Abbey, where his eminent predecessors include Thomas Tallis. He has developed and expanded the music programme at Waltham Abbey, and under his direction the choir undertakes a full schedule of services, concerts, broadcasts and recordings, many of which have received critical acclaim. He has continued to study the organ with Peter Hurford and Kevin Bowyer and he has a busy schedule as a recitalist and conductor.
Born in Essex in 1975, Stuart studied the organ at the Royal College of Music with John Birch, graduating in 1997 with a first class degree. During his studies, Stuart held various positions in London including the organ scholarship at St Paul's Cathedral, St Bride's Fleet Street and the Temple Church.
During his time at the Royal College of Music, he gave over 100 performances of pieces written by college composers, past and present, and in particular the organ works of Alastair Stout.
During 1998, Stewart was made acting assistant organist at St Mary"s Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh, where he accompanied daily services, toured America and Switzerland, and broadcast regularly on Radios 3 and 4.
As a soloist, Stuart has performed in many major venues across the country. He has played at both of the capital"s Anglican Cathedrals, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, and at London's Royal Albert and Queen Elizabeth Halls. Stuart now maintains a busy career as organist in and around London.
Graduating with a first class degree in music, Cheryl has subsequently studied singing with Sally Lesage, Sarah Jeffries, Nancy Argenta, Jan Waterfield and Elisabeth Hawes. She is enjoying a rich and varied career, specialising in performances of Mozart, Vivaldi and Bach as well as operatic roles, including Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Adina (L"Elisir d"Amore) and Helena (A Midsummer Night"s Dream).
Cheryl has appeared at several major venues in the south-east, including the South Bank Centre. Further afield she has toured Spain, Italy and the Netherlands where she has performed as soloist with various early-music ensembles.
Recorded in Waltham Abbey during September 1998.
Our gratitude goes to The Kenneth Leighton Trust for its generous assistance towards the cost of commissioning "Darkening Skies".
Produced by Alastair Stout
Photos by the Revd. Canon Patrick Hobson
Recorded and edited by Lance Andrews