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Great Day: The Spirituals of Moses Hogan

African-American spirituals blend the beat of African songs with the suffering of slavery in the American South and the depth of Christian faith. Some songs anticipate God intervening to liberate, echoing the experience of Israel in Egypt. In this podcast we explore choral arrangements of Spirituals by American pianist, conductor and arranger Moses Hogan, including Wade in the Water, I stood on the River of Jordan and Great Day.

Presented by Revd Dr Sam Wells
St Martin’s Voices
Directed by Andrew Earis

Music list

Great Day – Spiritual arr. Moses Hogan (Soloist: Teresa Pearson)
I am his child – Spiritual arr. Moses Hogan*
I stood on the River of Jordan – Spiritual arr. Moses Hogan
Like a Mighty Stream – Spiritual arr. Moses Hogan*
Wade in the Water – Spiritual arr. Moses Hogan (Soloist: Sarah Maxted)

*Richard Moore (pianist)

Five Lessons and Carols
December 2015

In this podcast marking the Christmas season, Great Sacred Music presents a thirty minute carol service, ‘Five lessons and carols’, a shortened version of format made famous in Truro Cathedral in 1878, and subsequently by Kings College, Cambridge and cathedrals and churches throughout the land. All the carols have been chosen by members of the St Martin’s community, and readings are by members of St Martin’s Voices.

Presented by Revd Dr Sam Wells
St Martin’s Voices
Directed by Andrew Earis
Jeremy Cole Organ

Music list:
Once in Royal David’s City (Henry Gauntlett, descant David Willcocks)
Welcome (Revd Dr Sam Wells)
Music: Sussex Carol – English traditional arr. David Willcocks
1st lesson: Isaiah 11. 1-9 (read by Hilary Cronin)
A Spotless Rose – Herbert Howells (soloist: Nils Greenhow)
2nd lesson: Isaiah 9.2-7 (read by David Young)
O Holy Night – Adolphe Adam (Soloists: Teresa Pearson, Gareth Thomas)
3rd lesson: Matthew 1.18-23 (read by Gareth Thomas)
Away in a Manger – Reginald Jacques (soloist: Teresa Pearson)
4th lesson: Luke 2: 8-16 (read by Louise Eekelaar)
In the Bleak Midwinter – Harold Darke (Soloists: Ruth McElvanney and Chris Lombard)
5th lesson: John 1.1-14 (read by Sarah Maxted)
Hark! The Herald-angels Sing (Felix Mendelssohn, descant: David Willcocks)


A Hymn for St Cecilia
November 2015
In this podcast we explore the life of St Cecilia, the Patron Saint of Music, discover the music that was influenced by her, and look at the politics of how the liturgical music that we sing today came to be celebrated by the church as a whole. Music includes William Byrd’s setting of verses from Psalm 81, Sing joyfully unto God our strength and Herbert Howells’s A Hymn for St Cecilia, with words by Ursula Vaughan Williams.

Music list
William Byrd Sing joyfully
Angel voices, ever singing (tune: Angel Voices)
Henry Purcell In a consort of voices (from Welcome to all the Pleasures)
Herbert Howells A Hymn for St Cecilia
James MacMillan O Sing unto the Lord
How shall I sing that majesty?
(tune: Coe Fen)
Psalm 150 (chant by Talbot)

St Francis of Assisi
Recorded in March and April 2015
In this podcast, Revd Dr Sam Wells and St Martin’s Voices explore Italian Catholic friar and preacher Saint Francis of Assisi. The podcast begins with a setting of perhaps the most famous poem by St Francis, Lord, make us instruments of thy peace, set to music by former St Martin’s organist Martin Shaw.

A Celebration of George Herbert
Recorded in March and April 2015
In this podcast Revd Dr Sam Wells and St Martin’s Voices explore the metaphysical priest and writer George Herbert. Featured are his famous poems which are set to hymn tunes, including Teach me, my God and King, and Let all the world in ev’ry corner sing.