Praise On High

Music from the collections 'High Praise' and 'Merrily on High' (editor Dr. Barry Rose)

The Boys of St.George's Parish Church Choir, Belfast

Director: Nigel McClintock

Organ: Nigel McClintock and Ian Keatley

Rejoice and be merry Arr.Andrew Parnell
Now the most High is born Michael Rose
Brightest and Best Malcolm Archer
Examine me, O Lord, and prove me William Boyce
The Blessed Virgin's Cradle Song Edward Bairstow
As I outrode this enderes night Gerald Hendrie
The Lamb Henry Walford Davies
Prevent us, O Lord Derek Holman
I will worship toward thy holy temple George Dyson
Advent Responsory (I look from afar) Barry Rose
Come, thou Redeemer of the earth Arr.Barry Rose
Come, watch with us this Christmas night Malcolm Archer
Magnificat in B flat Mark Blatchly
Whence is that goodly fragrance flowing? Arr.A.E.Baker
Ave verum corpus Edward ElgarListen to this track
How blest are they that fear the Lord Stephen Oliver
Risen Lord Barry Rose
My song is in sighing Anne-Marie Boylan
A Cradle Song Ronald Corp
And now another day is gone Leonard Blake
Mater ora filium Charles Wood, arr. Harrison Oxley
Behold now, praise the Lord William Harris
Total playing time 63m 17s

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Praise On High

Welcome to Praise on High - a selection of items from two collections of sacred music for upper-voices, 'High Praise' and 'Merrily on High'.

As editor of both volumes, when I first discussed the project with the publishers (Novello and Co), we agreed that our aim should be to make available a wide variety of music from different periods and styles to choirs of all standards - from school and community choirs to parish churches and cathedrals - and we hope that this recording may introduce you to some pieces that you would like your choir to sing.

The differing but complementary sounds of boys and girls voices are represented in these 22 tracks, and we were delighted that the boys of St. George's Parish Church choir, Belfast, and the Armagh Girl Singers accepted our invitation to make this recording. We were also fortunate to be able to record in the inspiring spaces and gracious acoustic of St.Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral, Armagh, and for this, special thanks are due to the Administrator, Fr. Richard Naughton, as well as to the cathedral organist, George Minne, for his unfailing courtesy and assistance.

Barry Rose, July 1999

Note: 'High Praise' (published December 1997) - Novello NOV 032118
'Merrily on High' (published August 1999) - Novello NOV 032121

©1999 Lammas Records