'The Gluepot Connection' CD
We are hugely excited to have made our first ever commercial recording! Our CD 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 the disc features 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. The CD will be issued in March, with a launch concert at St Sepulchre's on Saturday 10th March.
We're thrilled that the CD is to be released 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 recorded in the church of All Hallows, Gospel Oak, where countless legendary choral discs have been made, and were delighted that Adrian Peacock, who has been associated with so many of them, was our producer.
Robert Hugill attended some of the recording sessions, and you can read his article about this project on planethugill.
Our Crowdfunding Campaign
We raised £5,545, well in excess of our orginal target! Preparing, recording, editing and mastering this kind of disc is very expensive, and we are incredibly grateful for the generosity of our supporters, which not only enabled the recording to go ahead, but also reduced the significant amount we are finding from the choir's own funds.
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." - "Great thing to do - good luck!" - "Many congratulations on your CD. May it be the first of many!"
The recording includes:
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