Kenneth Leighton: Sacred Choral Works

Released to mark the ninetieth anniversary of the composer’s birth, this programme of Kenneth Leighton’s choral music reflects his outstanding accomplishments in the genre across his entire composing career: it includes Leighton’s earliest and last pieces for unaccompanied choir, three Christmas carols, two extended masterpieces, and two works composed for the Choir of St Mary’s Cathedral itself.

Extensively praised under its current director of music Duncan Ferguson, the choir has both a historical affinity for this body of work and a sophisticated musicianship which here produces performances of focused maturity and depth.

'It’s Ferguson’s strong grasp of [Awake my glory’s] architecture which impresses, and the vibrantly assured responses of the singers in all four voice-parts…'

"this is still recognisably St Mary’s: no-nonsense singing, highly disciplined yet projected to the back wall and laid over well-behaved adults with well-supported voices"

RECORDED 11-15 March 2019, St Mary's Cathedral Edinburgh