We’re thrilled to announce that our next CD, Under a Celtic Sky, will be released on 20th October 2017 on the Regent Record label, two years after our last successful recording, “Nativity”.
With this CD, we wanted to give a flavour of the richness of choral writing inspired by the Celtic countries – Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Cornwall. As a Welsh choir, our followers won’t be surprised to learn that the Welsh language and Welsh composers feature heavily on this disc – from the iconic favourite “Dafydd y Garreg Wen” (arranged by Cantemus’ former Music Director, Rob Court), to an intriguing quartet of Welsh folk songs arranged by William Mathias and Paul Mealor’s “Ubi Caritas”, composed specially for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
But the disc features pieces inspired by every corner of the British Isles – from Dublin-born Charles Villiers Stanford’s Beati Quorum Via and The Blue Bird (featuring a stunning solo from our soprano Helen Pugsley), to Gustav Holst’s beautiful arrangement of the Cornish folk song “I love my love” and David Willcock’s arrangement of the Ayrshire river “Afton Water”. And of course, every choral music lover will recognise John Rutter’s “Gaelic Blessing.”
It seems a long time since we braved a freezing cold Keble College Oxford in early January to record these tracks, but we hope you’ll agree that the wait was worth it.
The disc will be available from this website, as well as from Amazon and Prestoclassical – watch this space for further details.
Meanwhile, if you’d like to join us at our FREE launch event in Llandaff, Cardiff on October 20th – complete with music, drinks and canapes – please drop us a line via the website.