'The Gluepot Connection' CD
Help us raise funds to make our debut recording this July!
We are hugely excited to be planning our first ever commercial recording. Our disc is based around an unlikely cornerstone of London's music culture: 'The George' pub on Great Portland Street, nicknamed 'The Gluepot' by Sir Henry Wood, such was its adhesive effect on his musicians. An eclectic and fascinating group of composers gathered there during the first half of the twentieth century, and our disc will feature a selection of their choral music, including well-known works by William Walton, Arnold Bax, Frederick Delius, John Ireland, Peter Warlock and EJ Moeran, as well as lesser-known gems by Alan Rawsthorne, Elisabeth Lutyens and Alan Bush, some of which have never before been recorded.
Watch us perform music by Gluepot composers!
We're thrilled that the CD is to be released, in March 2018, by SOMM Recordings, a label renowned for uncovering new corners of the repertoire. Grateful thanks go to the Rawsthorne Trust and the John Ireland Charitable Trust for their generous support, and to the Alan Bush Music Trust for helping us source music. We will record in the church of All Hallows, Gospel Oak, where countless legendary choral discs have been made, and are delighted that Adrian Peacock, who has been associated with so many of them, will be our producer.
The process of preparing, recording, editing and mastering is very expensive - we expect the total cost to be at least £10,000 - but, with your support, we are making this happen! An incredibly generous response means that we have now exceeded our original crowdfunding target of £5,000 and, given that the project will otherwise significantly deplete the choir's reserves, we are continuing to raise funds. Click below simply to donate, or choose one of our exciting rewards underneath. We are very grateful for any sum you feel able to give and, in recognition of your generosity, will list you as a donor in the CD booklet (unless you prefer to be anonymous).
Free souvenir programme at the CD launch concert.
Free copy of the CD on release, anticipated to be in 2018.
Free copy of the CD + free ticket to the CD launch concert.
Free CD + 2 free tickets to the CD launch concert.
Free CD, 2 free tickets to the CD launch concert + interval reception with the conductor.
Free CD, 2 free tickets to the CD launch concert, interval reception with the conductor + opportunity to attend a recording session.
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Some messages from our donors: "I have no doubt it will be fantastic and will look forward to hearing the finished product!" - "We were inspired to donate by the wonderful concert on Friday 10/02/2016 in the St Sepulchre Church. Hoping and intending to attend many more concerts!" - " ... an excellent ensemble, well worthy of being recorded." - "Best of luck with this exciting project!" - "All the very best ... and may it be the first of many." - "The concert was fantastic - look forward to the recording."
The recording will include:
Arnold Bax: Mater Ora Filium; I Sing of a Maiden
Alan Rawsthorne: Four Seasonal Songs (first recording)
William Walton: Where does the uttered Music go?
E J Moeran: Songs of Springtime
Alan Bush: Lidice; Like Rivers Flowing (first recordings)
Frederick Delius: On Craig Ddu
Elisabeth Lutyens: Verses of Love
John Ireland: Twilight Night; The Hills
Peter Warlock: The Full Heart