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St Paul’s to list path-breaking disc on March 17

The Cathedral Choristers of Great Britain are set to release a disc for Decca Classics today, March 17:  Jubilate – 500 years of Cathedral Music. While this is a St Paul’s venture, the project has arisen as a response to the challenging situation that many of our much-loved cathedrals and choral foundations find themselves in. Up and down the country we hear stories of problems with finances as chapters and musicians battle to secure the resources required to maintain the beauty of our choral worship. As well as celebrating the English choral tradition in glorious chorus, every CD sold will contribute to the Diamond Fund for Choristers, launched by the Friends of Cathedral Music in 2016, to help ease this financial pressure.

St Paul’s Cathedral Choir was honoured to team up with girls and boys from across the land (one representative from the vast majority of the UK’s cathedral choirs) in producing this album. The massed voices can be heard in glorious sound in Handel’s Zadok The Priest, Parry’s I Was Glad and Rutter’s A Gaelic Blessing. Most of the music chosen for the album was written by composers who themselves were former choristers, from William Byrd and Henry Purcell (Westminster) to William Walton (Christ Church, Oxford).

This recording tells a very important story and raises awareness about our need to protect our cathedral choirs for future generations. Please help us in our mission by telling others about it, and by sharing the following link http://decca.lnk.to/stpaulsID.

The choristers themselves articulate the significance of this project better than anyone else could. Please take a look.