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Le tombeau de Couperin

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) arr Erwin Wiersinga

I. Prelude

III. Forlane 

IV. Rigaudon 

An Occasional Trumpet Voluntary

Patrick Gowers (1936-2014)

Andante from String Quartet in G minor 

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) arr. Alexandre Guilmant

Light in Darkness

Kerensa Briggs (b. 1991)

III. Improvisation 

Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979)


Owain Park (b. 1993)

Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes 

Benjamin Britten arr. Anna Lapwood 

I. Dawn

II. Sunday Morning

III. Moonlight

IV. Storm


Olivier Messiaen arr. Anna Lapwood

Taking Your Leave

Cheryl Frances-Hoad (b. 1980)

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All things are quite silent

All Things are Quite Silent Trad arr. Kerry Andrew

Jesus Christ the Apple Tree Elizabeth Poston

O Nata Lux Anna Lapwood

In the Stillness Sally Beamish

Into Thy Hands Jonathan Dove

Media VIta Kerensa Briggs

And the Swallow Caroline Shaw

The Water of Tyne Elizabeth Poston

Iustorum Animae Matthew Martin

Peace I Leave with You Amy Beach

Grandmother Moon Eleanor Daley

Agnus Dei Imogen Holst

Mother of God John Tavener

Abendlied Josef Rheinberger

Sing to the Moon Laura Mvula

One of my favourite things about being an organist is the exquisite feeling of practising in a church or cathedral late at night. The door is locked, the lights are often out, and time seems to flow differently. It’s at night that one really gains a sense of the history of the building, getting to know the creaking noises and clicks that make it seem as if the space is breathing. Sound seems to travel differently too, piercing the warm cushion of dark silence like a beam of light. On this disc I’ve tried to capture some of that magic, recording in a chilly Ely Cathedral after hours in January 2021.

It's so exciting to share “All Things Are Quite Silent”, the debut album from The Choirs of Pembroke College, Cambridge, and for me as a conductor. We recorded it just a year after the Pembroke Girls’ Choir was founded and it’s a testament to their musicianship and hard work in that short period; they joined the hugely talented Chapel Choir from Pembroke College for this recording project. We chose the repertoire collectively to showcase some excellent but lesser-known and previously unrecorded repertoire alongside some more well-known, much-loved music. It was also really exciting, if a little nerve-wracking, to record one of my own compositions for the first time! A high proportion of the tracks are written by female composers and it’s a collection of some of our favourite music. Our hope is that it will be heard and enjoyed by many, and performed by more and more choirs across the world.