“The men’s Stanford opening (“For lo, I raise up”) hits you like an explosion, and rightly so…exquisite folk songs” (Church Times, December 2017)

Praised in the press for its “powerfully moving performances” (Western Mail), the acclaimed Cantemus Chamber Choir is proud to present its latest recording, Under a Celtic Sky, released in autumn 2017 on the Regent record label.

Featuring an electic collection of choral works rooted in Britain’s rich Celtic heritage – Welsh, Scottish, Irish, Cornish – this delightful disc has something to offer every listener. We take you on a wide-ranging musical journey across the Celtic lands, from iconic folk songs such as Dafydd y Garreg Wen, to elegant choral favourites, such as John Rutter’s enduringly popular Gaelic Blessing and Dublin-born Charles Villiers Stanford’s shimmering Blue Bird.

As a proud Welsh choir, we are delighted to showcase works from some of Wales’ finest composers: William Mathias, whose richly textured choral language has stood the test of time, Geraint Lewis, and Paul Mealor, whose Ubi Caritas received its first memorable performance at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Works by English composers writing on Celtic themes, or who spent formative years in Celtic countries, also find a home on this disc – from Britten’s powerful Hymn to St Columba, to CHH Parry’s masterpiece My Soul, There is A Country.

Recorded in the wonderful acoustic of Keble College, Oxford and conducted by Swansea-born Huw Williams, with accompaniment from renowned organist Peter King, this stunning new recording is a must-have for any choral music lover.

Track Listing

1. For lo, I raise up                                                               Charles Villiers Stanford

2. The souls of the righteous                                             Geraint Lewis

3. Beati quorum via                                                             Charles Villiers Stanford

4. Ubi caritas                                                                         Paul Mealor

5. A Gaelic blessing                                                              John Rutter

6. Do not be afraid                                                               Philip Stopford

7. As truly as God is our Father                                         William Mathias

8. My soul, there is a country                                            Charles Hubert Hastings Parry

9. A hymn of St Columba                                                    Benjamin Britten

10. The blue bird                                                                  Charles Villiers Stanford

Four Welsh folk songs                                                        William Mathias

11. Y Gelynnen (The Holly Bush)

12. Robin Ddiog (Lazy Robin)

13. Hobed o hilion (The Wistful Wanderer)

14. Dadl Dau (A Quarrel for Two)

15. I love my love                                                                Cornish trad, arr Gustav Holst

16. Afton Water                                                                   Scottish trad, arr David Willcocks

17. Swansea Town                                                              English trad, arr Gustav Holst

18. Dafydd y Garreg Wen (David of White Rock)           Welsh trad, arr Robert Court

How to Buy

The CD will be available from all mainstream high street and online outlets from 20th October 2017, including Amazon and Prestoclassical. But it’s cheaper to buy via us! Copies can be ordered directly from Cantemus at a price of £11 per CD, which includes postage and packaging, with discounts available for bulk orders. For more information, just drop us a line.

Special discounts apply for existing members of the Friends of Cantemus Scheme. If this applies to you, please contact our Friends Scheme Manager, Mike Page or email us via the Contact page.