'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.
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 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 fascinating article about this project on planethugill.
Our Crowdfunding Campaign
We have raised £5,435, well in excess of our orginal target! Preparing, recording, editing and mastering this kind of disc is very expensive - we expect it to cost at least £10,000 - and we are incredibly grateful for the generosity of our supporters, which has not only enabled the recording to go ahead, but also reduced the significant amount we have to find from the choir's own funds. Although we are no longer crowdfunding as such, if you are interested in this project and would like to donate you can do so by clicking on the box below, and we will list you as a donor in the CD booklet (unless you prefer to be anonymous).
Boost your donation by 25p for every £1 you donate, at no extra cost to you, under the Gift Aid scheme. If you are a UK taxpayer please do tick the Gift Aid box, as your donation can be increased by 25%; as a registered charity Londinium is able to claim Gift Aid from the tax you pay for the current tax year.
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!"
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