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Carlisle Cathedral
Abbey Street


Hubert ParrySongs of Farewell
AnonymousDeo gracias, Anglia
AnonymousSaint Thomas honour we
AnonymousO blessed Lord
AnonymousBenedicite Deo
Cecilia McDowallAn Unexpected Shore
Thomas CampionNever, weather-beaten sail
Thomas CampionAuthor of light
Thomas CampionTune thy music to thy heart
Herbert HowellsTake him, earth for cherishing


Harry Christophers – Conductor

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Programme Note

Hubert Parry’s Songs of Farewell must surely rank among some of the finest choral works ever written. Deeply affected by the First World War, Parry sought poetry that would reflect not only peace and unity and the search for a better world, but also an escape from the horrors of war.

The poems Parry chose to set are sublime, be they metaphysical poetry by John Donne and Henry Vaughan or the aching beauty of Thomas Campion’s verse. Perfectly complimenting the rich sonority of Parry’s Songs are three short pieces by Campion, a selection of medieval carols and a new work by Cecilia McDowall.

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