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This Day / Campbell, Blosson Street


Release Date: 01/11/2019 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573991  
Composer:  Elisabeth PostonJudith WeirNicola LeFanuStef Conner,   ... 
Performer:  Anna LapwoodHannah LawranceAnnabel ThwaiteVanessa Bowers,   ... 
Conductor:  Hilary Campbell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Blossom Street
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

On 14 December 1918, women were permitted to stand for Parliament and were granted the vote for the first time in British history. As part of the centenary celebrations for this milestone and to raise awareness of persistent inequalities in society, Hilary Campbell and the distinctive choir, Blossom Street, present repertoire by famous and lesser-known female composers ranging from Rebecca Clarke’s richly moving Ave Maria to Stef Conner’s haunting setting of Hildegard von Bingen’s text ‘O Splendidissima Gemma.’ Blossom Street is a versatile and vibrant chamber choir composing some of the UK’s best young singers, which performs regularly on TV and radio as well as on the concert platform. Directed by Hilary Campbell, a graduate of the Royal Read more Academy of Music, the group was formed over a decade ago, while the singers were studying at the University of York, and relocated to London in 2007. On the concert platform, Blossom Street has performed at many of the major London venues including Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square and St. James’s Piccadilly, and further afield at places like the Royal Palace, Madrid.

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REVIEW:

The music dates as far back as 1937 but is mostly contemporary, and it features the fine British choir Blossom Street under its director Hilary Campbell. Ten of the 14 pieces here are receiving their world premieres, and the program collectively suggests a continuity of female creativity. Blossom Street is involved with the texts, making them clear and often sounding gorgeous. A fine release that goes beyond its stated goal and reflects a bit on the nature of music by women.

– All Music Guide (James Manheim) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The Water of Tyne by Elisabeth Poston
Conductor:  Hilary Campbell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Blossom Street
2.
Holy Innocents by Judith Weir
Performer:  Anna Lapwood (Organ)
Conductor:  Hilary Campbell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Blossom Street
3.
Misterium mirabile by Nicola LeFanu
Conductor:  Hilary Campbell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Blossom Street
4.
O splendidissima gemma by Stef Conner
Performer:  Hannah Lawrance (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Hilary Campbell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Blossom Street
5.
Night-time Songs by Kerry Andrew
Conductor:  Hilary Campbell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Blossom Street
6.
Come home little sister by Cecilia McDowall
Performer:  Annabel Thwaite (Piano)
Conductor:  Hilary Campbell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Blossom Street
7.
The Ghost of Combermere Abbey by Judith Bingham
Performer:  Vanessa Bowers (Soprano), Emily Wenman (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hilary Campbell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Blossom Street
8.
A little Childe there is ibore by Jane M. Joseph
Performer:  Anna Lapwood (Organ)
Conductor:  Hilary Campbell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Blossom Street
9.
Ave Maria by Rebecca Clarke
Conductor:  Hilary Campbell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Blossom Street
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1937; England 
10.
Song of the Dane Women by Hilary Campbell
Performer:  Ellie Martin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hilary Campbell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Blossom Street
11.
As I Sat Under a Holly Tree by Imogen Holst
Conductor:  Hilary Campbell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Blossom Street
12.
The Sweet Spring by Roxanna Panufnik
Performer:  Annabel Thwaite (Piano)
Conductor:  Hilary Campbell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Blossom Street
13.
Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep by Alison Willis
Performer:  Melissa Davies (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hilary Campbell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Blossom Street
14.
This Day by Dame Elizabeth Maconchy
Performer:  Ellie Martin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hilary Campbell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Blossom Street

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