1905–1935 Harrison at Durham Cathedral, England
1898 Hill at St. Asaph Cathedral, North Wales
1994 Walker at Exeter College Chapel, Oxford, England
1903 Walker at York Minster, England
2004 Letourneau at Selwyn College Chapel, Cambridge
1908 Harrison at Ely Cathedral, England
…a selective survey of some recent releases from a notable English label, with music from Durham, Ely, Oxford, York and Bristol.
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Music played in the program
ARTHUR BLISS: Caesar & Cleopatra Overture. EDWARD ELGAR: The Tame Bear, fr Wand of Youth Suite No. 2. BLISS: Ballet for Children, fr Things to Come –Tom Bell (1905-1935 Harrison/Durham Cathedral, England) Regent 409
JOHN HOSKING: Improvised Variations on Suo Gan –John Hosking (1898 Hill/St. Asaph Cathedral, North Wales) Regent 402
PAUL SPICER: Let not your heart be troubled –Choir of St. Michael at the North Gate/Tom Hammond Davies, director; Benjamin Bloor (1994 Walker/Exeter College Chapel, Oxford, England) Regent 389
HUW MORGAN: The Quality of Pity. JUDITH BINGHAM: The Shepherd –"Girl Choristers & Lay-Clerks of Southwark Cathedral/Stephen Disley, director; Jonathan Hope (1897 Lewis/Southwark Cathedral, England) Regent 387
CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Mass, Op. 36 –Choir of York Minster/Robert Sharpe, director; David Pipe (1903 Walker/York Minster, England) Regent 391
BLISS: March, fr Things to Come –Tom Bell (1905-1935 Harrison/Durham Cathedral, England) Regent 409
JOHN SCOTT WHITELEY: Passacaglia, Op. 17 –John Scott Whiteley (1903 Walker/York Minster, England) Regent 353
RICHARD WAGNER: Lohengrin Prelude (Act 1) –Jonathan Vaughn (1912 Harrison/St. Mary, Redcliffe, Bristol, England) Regent 394
ALAN BULLARD: The Selwyn Service –Selwyn College Choir/Sarah MacDonald, director; Oliver Hancock (2004 Letourneau/Selwyn College Chapel, Cambridge) Regent 404
PHILIP MOORE: It is a things most wonderful –Ely Girl's Choir/Sarah MacDonald, director; Oliver Hancock (1908 Harrison/Ely Cathedral, England) Regent 397
WILLIAM MATHIAS: Invocations –William Saunders (1933 Hill, Norman & Beard/Royal Hospital School Chapel, Holbrook, England) Regent 408
Gary Cole studied to be a cathedral organist and choir director. But after initiating a recording project with his own free-lance chamber choir, he decided to create his own 'label', and Regent Records was born. The little business prospered, and now is jointly managed by Gary and his wife Pippa Cole. You’ll hear their comments included in the program, with additional observations by Gary available here:
Gary describes his home studio in Wolverhampton, England.
What is the Regent Records production schedule these days?
One man's view of the classical music recording 'industry' today, and how to stay afloat in it.
A reflection on the English choral tradition and its evolution.