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Guildford BBC broadcast

Date: 14 March 2012

Guildford will today become the latest Cathedral to broadcast a work from the Jubilee 'Choirbook for the Queen', as its Choir will broadcast of Choral Evensong at 3.30pm on BBC Radio 3.

The piece in question is John McCabe's The last and greatest Herald, the first performance of which took place at St. John’s College, Cambridge, on 29th November 2008


The Choirbook for The Queen was born out of an idea to produce a collection of contemporary anthems, published for the Diamond Jubilee and accompanied by a year-long celebration of services showcasing the excellence of choral writing and the continuation of the choral tradition by cathedral choirs and other choral foundations around the country.

The anthem's composer, John McCabe, is both a pianist and composer. After studies at Manchester University and the Royal Manchester College of Music, his breakthrough came with the orchestral song-cycle Notturni ed Alba in 1970. Numerous vocal and choral works have been an important strand throughout his compositions from the 1970s to the present.

Of 44 anthems in the choirbook, 11 are new compositions, with 33 together, the volume will offer a diverse mix of choral music to be sung in cathedrals, churches and chapels throughout 2012.

See the full Jubilee Choirbook listing here

Eleven of the new anthems are new compositions, and together, the volume will offer a diverse mix of choral music to be sung in cathedrals, churches and chapels throughout 2012.

Tonight's evensong - 3pm, Radio 3, Live from Guildford Cathedral Introit: The Holy Spirit (Philip Moore) Responses: Ebdon Psalms: 73, 74 (Clark, Soaper, Battishill, Vann, Walmisley) Office Hymn: Word of the Father (Verbum Dei) First Lesson: Genesis 9 vv8-17 Canticles: Collegium Sancti Johannis Cantabrigiense (Philip Moore) Second Lesson: 1 Peter 3 vv18-end Anthem: The last and greatest Herald (John McCabe) ('Choirbook for the Queen') Organ Voluntary: Psalm Prelude Set 2 No.1 (Howells) Katherine Dienes-Williams (Organist and Master of the Choristers) Paul Provost (Sub Organist).

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