Merton record Howells (arr. Clinch)

Merton College Choir have just finished recording their latest CD for Delphian Records, which includes Jonathan Clinch’s arrangement of Herbert Howells’ anthem ‘O pray for the peace of Jerusalem’ (OUP). Originally for choir and organ, Jonathan’s new score adds full string orchestra to match the forces of Howells’ anthem The House of the Mind (also recorded on this disc). The sonorities are modelled on two important string pieces, Howells’ own 1917 Elegy (scored for solo viola, string quartet, and string orchestra) and Vaughan Williams’ ‘Tallis’ Fantasia (one of Howells’ favourite pieces of music).

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