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Choral Accompanists

Aled Jones and guests Sarah Baldock, Iain Farrington and Jeffrey Howard discuss the role of the accompanist, a pivotal position in the choral team.

Aled Jones spotlights the role of the choral accompanist - a pivotal position in the choral team whether preparing a choral society, supporting a church choir on the organ or conjuring up the sound of an orchestra. He talks to three highly experienced practioners: Sarah Baldock, Organist and Master of the Choristers at Chichester Cathedral, Iain Farrington, accompanist to the London Philharmonic Choir, and Cardiff-based Jeffrey Howard whose career takes him from the organ-loft to playing for singers 'Only Men Aloud'.

Together they discuss the challenges, ways to improve your game, and highlight some of the finest exponents of this often underappreciated job.

First broadcast in April 2010.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Sun 7 Oct 2012 17:00

Music Played

  • Edward Elgar

    Te Deum Laudamus Op.34 No.1

    Performers: Winchester Cathedral Choir, Andrew Lumsden (organ), Sarah Baldock (conductor)

    • HERALD HAVPCD 297.
    • 14.
  • John Hughes

    Cwm Rhonda

    Performers: Only Men Aloud, Tim Rhys-Evans (conductor)

    • UNIVERSAL UCJ 1789189.
    • 8.
  • Edmund Rubbra

    Canticles in A flat

    Performers: Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, Robert Houssart (organ), Christopher Robinson (conductor)

    • NAXOS 8.555255.
    • 1 to 2.
  • Philippe Rogier

    Locutus sum in lingua mea

    Performers: The Choir of King’s College, London, David Trendell (conductor)

    • HYPERION CDA67807.
    • 7.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Missa Solemnis Op.123 – Gloria (extract)

    Performers: The Arnold Schoenberg Choir, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

    • TELDEC 9031 748842.
    • 2.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    Laudes Organi

    Performers: Choir of Westminster Cathedral, Andrew Reid (organ), James O’Donnell (conductor)

    • HYPERION CDA67147.
    • 9.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Accompanist Collage

    Artists: Only Men Aloud, Tim Rhys-Evans, Jeffery Howard

  • Hartsough

    Only Men Aloud Collage

    Artists: Only Men Aloud, Tim Rhys-Evans, Jeffery Howard


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