For the 13th Sunday in Ordinary time, I’ve chosen “A Touching Place,” words/text by John Bell & Graham Maule & music (Dream Angus) traditional Scottish folk tune.
Performed here by Joanne Hogg & David Fitzgerald with the Choir Of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, abd directed by Mervyn Cousins.
This video was filmed at Selby Abbey for a BBC Songs Of Praise special entitled ‘Northumberland’. Sound recording was at ICC Studios, engineer & co-producer was Neil Costello. Also featured on the recording of this BBC Songs Of Praise special: IKOS/Band, who include: Dave Clifton (Vocals/Guitars), David Fitzgerald (Woodwinds & Reeds), Tim Oliver (Keyboards), Nick Beggs (Chapman Stick & Bass) & Terl Bryant (Drums/Percussion).
Sung live by the always magnificent Alison Krauss. Backed by the Berklee Gospel Ensemble.
Libera, an Angelic boys choir from the UK sings ‘Be Still My Soul’ (Melody: The Finlandia Hymn by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius) recorded live in Washington DC at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for their album Angels Sing: Libera in America.
Clocking in at almost 4:00 minutes, this is still over way too soon.
The distinctive sound of Libera has travelled the world in the last few years. The group’s albums have topped both mainstream and classical charts in many countries, and their recordings hold their place in top-tens alongside major artists like Bocelli.
The boys who make up the vocal band Libera have been described as “normal” and “ordinary”. However, as their recordings and performances demonstrate, the music they produce is truly extraordinary. With shimmering, mystical chords and ecstatic harmonies, they are unlike any other group you have ever heard. These are truly sounds to lift the soul. Celestial sounds for a new time.
The singers of Libera who are aged seven to sixteen attend many different local schools in South London and come from a variety of backgrounds. Although they are boys and they sing, they do not think of themselves as choirboys, but rather as an alternative kind of boy band.
While the unique sound of Libera may be impossible to pigeonhole, its universal appeal has endeared the group to fans all over the world, particularly in the US, the UK, the Philippines, South Korea and Japan, where their CDs top the mainstream and classical charts and where they pack concert halls appearing in their trademark flowing white robes on imaginatively lit stages.
For the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ: Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus:
Oh God Beyond All Praising is performed here by theMormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra, with Anton Armstrong conducting. Composed by Gustav Holst with lyrics by Michael Perry and arrangement by Dan Forrest.
This gorgeous hymn with its powerful and profound lyrics has become a favorite at weddings.
Here’s another beautiful rendition. I can’t get enough of this hymn:
This glorious hymn is by the Scottish contemporary composer James MacMillan: Data est mihi omnis potestas (2007) (It has been given to me.)
Performed beautifully by the Majorstua Chamber Choir at the Fredrikstad Cathedral in Oslo, Norway.
For Ascension Sunday, I found, O God the King of Glory – a sublime hymn by contemporary composer Philip Stopford.
This was recorded by Ecclesium in St Annes Cathedral, Belfast.
It gets insanely good 1:00 in.