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William Mathias Focus

Aled Jones discusses William Mathias's life and choral music with his daughter Rhiannon Mathias, Stephen Cleobury of King's College, Cambridge and Welsh music expert Geraint Lewis.

William Mathias saw his music as a contribution to one 'immense celebration', and he certainly had a masterful ability to evoke jubilation in his music. Aled Jones discusses the composer's life and vibrant choral music with his daughter Rhiannon Mathias, Stephen Cleobury of King's College Cambridge, and Welsh music expert Geraint Lewis.

Also, another chance to sample two more of the category finalists in the run up to this year's Choir of the Year.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • William Mathias

    Lift up your heads, O ye gates Op.44 No.2 (1969)

    Performers: Wells Cathedral Choir, Jonathan Vaughn (organ), Matthew Owens (conductor)

    • HYPERION CDA 67740.
    • 15.
  • William Mathias

    Four Welsh Folk Songs, Op.39 — Robin Ddiog (Lazy Robin) Op.39 (1968)

    Performers: National Youth Choir of Wales, Ralph Allwood (conductor)

    • HERALD HAVPCD227.
    • 12.
  • William Mathias

    An Admonition to Rulers (1969)

    Performers: Salisbury Cathedral Choir, Jonathan Rees Williams (organ), Richard Seal (conductor)

    • BBC REC 323 LP.
  • William Mathias

    A Babe is Born Op.55 (1971)

    Performers: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Thomas Trotter (organ), Philip Ledger (conductor)

    • EMI CDC7496202.
    • 17.
  • Karl Jenkins

    Adiemus

    Performers: Ysgol Glanaethwy Senior Choir, Cefin Roberts (director)

    • Recording from the Category Finals of BBC Choir of the Year 2010.
  • Nat King Cole

    Straighten Up and Fly Right

    Performers: Take Twenty, Rachel Staunton (director)

    • Recording from the Category Finals of BBC Choir of the Year 2010.
  • William Mathias

    Learsongs – (Choral Suite for children's chorus) - No. 1 'Calico Pie'1'53"

    Performers: Pembrokeshire Youth Choir, John S. Davies (director)

    • SAIN SCD 2082.
    • 1.
  • William Mathias

    As Truly as God is our Father (Julian of Norwich) (1987)

    Performers: Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral, Andrew Lucas (organ), John Scott (conductor)

    • HYPERION CDA 66519.
    • 5.
  • William Mathias

    Let the people praise Thee, O God (1981)

    Performers: Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral, Andrew Lucas (organ), John Scott (conductor)

    • HYPERION SPCC2000.
    • 5.
  • William Mathias

    Lux Aeterna – Domine Jesu Christe (1982)

    Performers: Margaret Cable (mezzo), The Bach Choir, Choristers of St George’s Chapel Windsor, John Scott (organ), London Symphony Orchestra, Sir David Willcocks (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHAN 8695.
    • 2.
  • William Mathias

    Missa Brevis Op.64 (1973)

    Performers: Wells Cathedral Choir, Jonathan Vaughn (organ), Matthew Owens (conductor)

    • HYPERION CDA 67740.
    • 7 to 11.

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