Westminster Cathedral Choir
Since its foundation in 1903, the Westminster Cathedral Choir has occupied a unique position at the forefront of English church music, not least because of the ground-breaking work of its first Master of Music, Richard Terry, who revived the great works of the English and continental Renaissance composers. Innovation continued under George Malcolm who pioneered the development of the choir’s sound along continental lines, resulting in a choir that was truly revolutionary in both what and how it sang. The choir continues these traditions under its present Master of Music, Martin Baker, and it remains the only Catholic Cathedral choir in the world to sing daily Mass and Vespers. The choir’s acclaimed recordings on the Hyperion label include the Palestrina Lamentations and a sequence of music from Advent to Epiphany featuring music written for the choir. In 1998 the choir was awarded the Gramophone Awards for “Best Choral Recording of the Year” and “Record of the Year” for the performance of Frank Martin's Messe and Pizzetti's Requiem. Westminster Cathedral Choir appears frequently on radio and television. In addition to regular concerts around the UK, recent tours have included Hungary, Norway, Germany, Belgium, Italy and the USA.
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