Demo recordings of Henry Aldrich's choral anthems

Work has been underway for many months on the original manuscripts of Henry Aldrich's little known choral anthems to produce modern performing editions, and the first results include demo recordings of two full anthems, recorded as closely as possible to the site of their original performance in Christ Church Cathedral.

Digitisation of these scores by Christ Church Library enabled Dean Jobin-Bevans (Professor of music at Lakehead University, Canada) to complete his work editing the seven anthems, and make them available for scholars and performers alike to access and download.

The recordings of Out of the Deep and O Praise the Lord were performed by a vocal consort accompanied by chamber organ in the Christ Church Cathedral. The singers and organist were recorded in the Cathedral crossing, close to a balcony at the end of the south transept where, in the time of Aldrich's appointment as the Dean of the Cathedral, the choir and organ were located.

Listen to the recordings, download the modern scores, view the original manuscripts, and find out more about the project here.