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Ave Maria by Robert Parsons
Recorded by members of the choir in their own homes in Novemeber 2020 and produced by our choir director Alex Kyle.
Irish Blessing by Bob Chilcott
We were unable to perform this live at the wedding of one of our members due to the Coronavirus Pandemic restrictions in place during 2020. This composite online recording, made by members of the choir and produced by our choir director Alex Kyle, was played at the ceremony.
*Locus Iste by Anton Bruckner (1824 - 1896)
Anton Bruckner is best known as a composer of orchestral music. His setting of "Locus Iste" was written in 1869 for the dedication of the votive chapel of Linz Cathedral where Bruckner was organist from 1855-1870 and is probably his best-known piece of choral music. Whilst this is not Bruckner at his most flamboyant, it still features rich harmonies and is performed here in the wonderful accoustic of St. Wilfrid's Church Harrogate.
*MorningTrain (Spiritual) arranged by Paul Dyson
Morning Train is is a folk spiritual, part of an African American song tradition that arose during slavery.  It was first discovered in 1939 by John and Ruby Lomax when they made a trip through the southern states of the USA recording a wide range of performers and songs. This lively arrangement in which the rhythm of a train on the tracks is prominent, is by Paul Dyson, a former director of Vocalis and is a favourite of the choir.
*Up Good Christen Folk and Listen (Traditional Christmas Carol)
Up Good Christen Folk and Listen is a Christmas carol that will be found in many carol concert and service programmes.  The carol is thought to date from the late 1500's as the tune first appears in Piae Cantiones, a collection of late medieval latin songs made by the Finnish clergyman Jaako Suomalainan which was published in 1582 in Sweden. The version performed here is harmonized by G.R. Woodward (1848 - 1934) and is taken from the Cowley Carol Book.
**O Saviour of the world - Howells Requiem
**Requiem aeternam (1) - Howells Requiem
Vocalis performed Howells Requiem on Remembrance Sunday 2014 as part of the First World War 100th Anniversary Memorial.
The movements were interspersed with readings from War poets and others.

Items marked * were recorded on 8th October 2012 in St. Wilfrid's Church, Harrogate
Items marked ** were recorded live at a performance on 9th November 2014 at St Robert's R. C. Church, Harrogate

Production by Peter Crawford


(c) Vocalis 2012