There is a strong musical tradition at the Minster. The building has the largest collection of medieval musician carvings in Europe, a 200 year old organ built by Snetzler, a choral tradition going back to the plainsong of the medieval Vicars Choral, and currently a flourishing diversity of traditional and contemporary music under the Director of Music Robert Poyser, who was appointed in March 2009.
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The CDs of choral and organ music recorded in May 2011, January 2013 and April 2015 are available from the Minster Shop.
Locus Iste –Anton Bruckner, Hymn –All people that on earth do dwell – arr. Ralph Vaughan –Williams, Te Deum and Jubilate in C – Charles Villiers Stanford, Ye choirs of new Jerusalem – Stanford, Ave Maria – Bruckner, (Organ solo – Robert Poyser) Fantasia ‘In festo omnium sanctorum’ (Op 121 no1) Stanford, Christus factus est – Bruckner, Psalm 150 Stanford, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in D – George Dyson, Blessed be the God and father – Samuel Sebastian Wesley, Ave verum – William Byrd, Hymn – Tell out my soul (Descant Robert Poyser), (Organ Solo – Ian Seddon) Paean (From Five Short Pieces) – Percy Whitlock, God be in my head – John Rutter
CD programme: 1. Sing joyfully – William Byrd (1540-1623) 2. Let all the world in every corner sing – Craig Sellar Lang (1891-1971) 3. Hymn – Love divine, all loves excelling 4. Ave Maria – Robert Parsons (1535-72) 5. Nun danket alle Gott – Sigfrid Karg- Elert (1877-1933) 6. Miserere mei, Deus – Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652) (solo group: Angus Champion, Luca Myers, Felix Dickenson, Joseph Mathieson, Lindsey Wood, Julian Neaum) 7. O thou the central orb – Charles Wood (1866-1926) 8. Lead, kindly light – Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) 9. Hymn – Alleluia! Alleluia! Hearts to heaven and voices raise 10. Sicut cervus – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c 1525-94) 11. The sun shall be no more thy light – Maurice Greene (1696-1727) 12. March on a theme by Handel – Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911) 13. Zadok the priest – George Frederic Handel (1685-1759) 14. Hymn – Praise my soul the King of heaven (descant Robert Poyser)
CD programme 1.Matin Responsory (adapted from a Magnificat by Palestrina)2.Nun komm der heiden heiland BWV 599 (J.S.Bach) 3.O come O come Emmanuel 4.The Angel Gabriel (trad. Arr Robert Poyser) 5.Vom himmel hoch, da komm ich her BWV 700 (J.S.Bach) 6. Once in Royal David’s city 7. Infant Holy, infant lowly (Polish arr. Willcocks) 8. It came upon a midnight clear 9. Away in a manger (Kirkpatrick arr. Willcocks) 10. In the bleak midwinter (Darke) 11. In dulci jubilo (arr. Pearsall) 12. O come all ye faithful 13. Wie Schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (Pachelbel) 14. O little town of Bethlehem 15. Up! Good Christen folk and listen (Piae cantiones harm. Woodward) 16. Christ is born (Hawes) 17. Ding dong merrily on high (16th Century French harm. Wood) 18. I saw three ships (trad. Arr Willcocks) 19. Hark the Herald angels sing