Sunday, 16 July 2017

Cathedral Choir Concert: Summer 1979

Beyond the cassette label 'Summer 1979', specific details about this private recording of a concert in the Cathedral are sparse. However, local recollections suggest that it was a concert to showcase the first year's achievements of Jonathan Rees-Williams who had taken on the role of Organist and Master of the Choristers at the start of April 1978 and was installed on 16 July, 1978.

The inclusion of the entirety of Vaughan Williams' Mass in G minor (including the Credo), which was a new addition to the choir's repertoire under Rees-Williams, is a clear indication of what he had achieved in a short space of time, after Richard Greening's eighteen years at the helm.


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