Howells: Collegium Regale (CD Review - Gramophone Magazine, 2016)

It was indeed fateful that Howells should have found himself in Cambridge during the Second World War in order to stand in for the recently appointed St John's College Organist Robin Orr, who was on active service in the RAF intelligence. Having contributed little of any significance to Anglican liturgical music for two decades, Howells found the renewed experience of choral services (one he had f

Howells: Collegium Regale (CD Review - The Guardian, 2016)

Much as John Piper, Graham Sutherland and Geoffrey Clarke created a new aesthetic in 20th-century visual art, so Herbert Howells did in liturgical music, particularly in his complete canticle settings for King’s College, Cambridge. So it is fitting that the fine choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, chose Coventry Cathedral for this recording, a building graced with windows, tapestry and sculpture

Australia Tour (Concert Review - The Adelaide Advertiser, 2016)

It was as audacious as they go. What encore could possibly follow the stunningly ecstatic final bars of Howells’ famous ‘Te Deum’ (Collegium Regale) ending a program of breath-taking vocal virtuosity covering 300 years of church music? Why, Duke Ellington’s It don’t Mean a Thing of course. The sheer exhilaration of hearing American jazz so suddenly was typical of shocks to the system delivered by

Howells: Requiem & Other Choral Works (CD Review - Music Web International, 2012

I’d scarcely sent off my review of the fine recording of the Howells Requiem by Paul McCreesh than this new Hyperion disc arrived on my doormat. By an odd coincidence both works were recorded in the same venue: the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral. Interestingly, both recordings are produced by the same man, Adrian Peacock, though different engineers were employed on each project. I’m not sure I’ve he