Donald Hunt

Born 1930. Died 4 August 2018
Donald Hunt
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Donald Hunt

Donald Hunt Biography (Wikipedia)

Donald Frederick Hunt OBE (26 July 1930 – 4 August 2018) was an English conductor, from Gloucester. He was a distinguished English choral conductor, having made his conducting debut with the Halifax Choral Society in 1957.

As a boy, Hunt was a chorister at Gloucester Cathedral, and became assistant to the organist Herbert Sumsion in his teens. He was later awarded a doctorate from Leeds University (1975) honoris causa, and from 1958 until 1975 he was organist and choirmaster at Leeds Parish Church, whilst concurrently holding positions with the Leeds Philharmonic Society, Halifax Choral Society and Leeds Festival Chorus. He was also Leeds City Organist, and lectured at Leeds College of Music.

In 1976 he became master of choristers and organist at Worcester Cathedral, where he served until 1996. He was associated with the Three Choirs Festival and served as its artistic director and conductor eight times in the period from 1975 to 1996. In 1993 he was awarded an OBE. After he left Worcester Cathedral in 1996 he served as principal of the Elgar School of Music in Worcester (becoming music advisor after 2007) and leading many choral performances. He died on 4 August 2018 at the age of 88.

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Felix Mendelssohn
Hark! The herald angels sing
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Hark! The herald angels sing
Henry John Gauntlett
Once In Royal David's City
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Once In Royal David's City
Hubert Parry
Choral Fantasia on an old English tune
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Choral Fantasia on an old English tune
Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace
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Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace
Herbert Sumsion
Chorale-Prelude on 'Down Ampney'
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Chorale-Prelude on 'Down Ampney'
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Down Ampney (Come Down, O Love Divine)
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Down Ampney (Come Down, O Love Divine)
Samuel Wesley
Blessed be the God and Father
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Blessed be the God and Father
Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace
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Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace
Anon.
Coventry Carol
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Coventry Carol
Edward Elgar
2 Partsongs for female chorus, 2 violins and piano (Op.26), no.1; The Snow
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2 Partsongs for female chorus, 2 violins and piano (Op.26), no.1; The Snow
Herbert Howells
The Scribe
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The Scribe

The Scribe

Ensemble
The Donald Hunt Singers
Director
Herbert Sumsion
They that go down to the sea
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They that go down to the sea
Herbert Howells
Hymnus Paradisi
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Hymnus Paradisi

Hymnus Paradisi

Performer
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Three Choirs Festival Chorus
Conductor
Singer
April Cantelo
David Johnson
Henry Purcell
They That Go Down To The Sea In Ships Z.57
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They That Go Down To The Sea In Ships Z.57
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Il est ne, le Divin Enfant
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Il est ne, le Divin Enfant

Il est ne, le Divin Enfant

Performer
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Worcester Cathedral Choir, Worcester Festival Choral Society
Worcester Cathedral Choir
Great is the Lord (Psalm 48) Op.67 for chorus and organ
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Great is the Lord (Psalm 48)  Op.67 for chorus and organ
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