Our Crowdfunder appeal closed on 16th February, and we are delighted to have raised an amazing total of £6,297 thanks to the generosity of over 120 supporters.
This ensured that our planned recording was able to go ahead, on the weekend of 1st-3rd March in the wonderful acoustic – though chilling temperatures – of St Jude-on-the-Hill Church in Hampstead.
After almost 16 hours of singing over three days, in the presence of one of the industry’s finest producers, Adrian Peacock, we hope we have achieved our aim of recording a high-quality CD of contemporary choral works, and will now have to be patient while we await its release later in the year.
The centrepiece of the CD will be Paul Carr’s Stabat Mater, a new work of great beauty commissioned by the EAC in 2017. Paul was in attendance for the whole of the Saturday recording, during which his work was recorded in two intense 4-hour sessions with the EAC led by Artistic Director Leslie Olive, and accompanied by a wonderful orchestra assembled by leader Julian Milone, a member of the acclaimed Philharmonia Orchestra.
On the Friday evening, 4 works with piano accompaniment were recorded: Lauridsen’s Sure on This Shining Night; Gjeilo’s The Ground; and Chilcott’s Londonderry Air and Irish Blessing. We were delighted to welcome back our recently-retired accompanist, Ian Le Grice, to play the piano for these pieces.
The Saturday was given over entirely to recording the 6 movements of the Stabat Mater.
The weekend ended with a Sunday afternoon session of unaccompanied short choral works: Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium; Whitacre’s This Marriage; Gjeilo’s Ubi Caritas; and another piece by Paul Carr previously commissioned by two members of the EAC – his setting of Blake's poem The Lamb.
We are so indebted to all those who have pledged money to the project.
The recording will be ready for release in Autumn this year, and will be launched at our concert in St Edmundsbury Cathedral on October 27th.