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St Asaph Cathedral organist releases CD of new choral works

A new CD of choral works by one of the organists at St Asaph Cathedral is being released.

All Angels Cry Aloud contains 23 new pieces by the Cathedral’s Assistant Director of Music, John Hosking, and will be officially launched at a Friends of St Asaph Cathedral event at tomorrow (July, 1) at 7.30pm.

The disc features the Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge and the Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir. The guest soprano soloist on the disc, Olivia Hunt, from Cheshire, will perform some of the pieces at the launch.

John, who has worked at the Cathedral for 12 years, said: “I am delighted to see these works recorded and published and I hope people will find them both exciting and moving.  They date back to 2011 with the most recent being written to celebrate the birth of Prince George in 2013.

“These are choral liturgical works which I hope will be performed by choirs in churches and cathedrals across Wales and the UK.”

The CD will be available to buy at St Asaph Cathedral during the launch event at which John is giving a lecture entitled “The inner workings of the mind of the composer.”  It will also be available at Jacobs Ladder café, opposite the Cathedral, and via the publisher, Regent Records.

This is the fourth CD to be released by John.   It was recently reviewed in the Guardian newspaper saying: “The ghost of Duruflé is evident in his beautiful Chester Service (with a cheeky reference to Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur along the way); Herbert Howells hovers over his Bangor Service, while A Royal Blessing could be by John Rutter. Yet for all these influences Hosking maintains his own distinctive voice, particularly in his impressive Requiem.”

To reserve a ticket for the launch event and lecture on July, 1 at St Asaph Cathedral at 7.30pm, contact rsolbe@btinternet.com