Set upon the Rood: new music for choir & ancient instruments

Barnaby Brown (triplepipes)
Bill Taylor (lyre)
John & Patrick Kenny (ancient horns)
Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge
Geoffrey Webber (director)

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Three years after the runaway success of In Praise of St Columba, its previous collaboration with piper Barnaby Brown, the ever-innovative Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge reunites with Brown – now also joined by lyre player Bill Taylor and ancient brass specialists John and Patrick Kenny. All four are members of the European Music Archaeology Project, whose own ongoing collaboration with Delphian has captivated listeners and reviewers with its glimpses of the sound of Europe’s ancient instruments. Here, those extraordinary sonorities blend with and emerge around the Caius singers’ committed contributions in seven richly conceived new pieces; a world premiere commission by Sir James MacMillan sets up the Celtic theme.

‘Singing that impresses with great intensity, accuracy and often quite terrific power (theatrical opportunities are gleefully exploited) does full justice to all, including outstanding works by James MacMillan and Stuart MacRae.’
— Classical Music, July/August 2017

‘The Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge have carved out an impressive reputation for exciting programmes of new and ancient music – and for very impressive singing from the young choir. This recording of contemporary compositions, many commissioned by the choir, combines old and new in imaginative ways.’
— Andrew Benson Wilson, June 2017

  • Recording venue(s): Merton College, Oxford
  • Recording dates: 29-31 August 2016
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Number of tracks: 12
  • Total playing time: 68:20
  • First UK release date: May 19, 2017

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