Released January 2014
Westminster Abbey resounds to the thrilling sound of the Abbey Choir singing an array of glorious hymns.
All people that on Earth do dwell (Old Hundredth)
Praise, my soul, the king of heaven! (Praise, my soul)
The Lord’s my shepherd (Crimond)
Love divine, all loves excelling (Blaenwern)
Guide me, O thou great redeemer (Cwm Rhondda)
Rejoice, the Lord is king! (Gopsal)
Christ is made the sure foundation (Westminster Abbey)
Love of the Father (Song 22)
Drop, drop, slow tears (Song 46)
Thine be the glory (Maccabaeus)
All my hope on God is founded (Michael)
I bind unto myself today (St Patrick’s Breastplate)
Dear Lord and Father of mankind (Repton)
O praise ye the Lord! (Laudate Dominum)
O thou who camest from above (Hereford)
Let all mortal flesh keep silence (Picardy)
O worship the king (Hanover)
I heard the voice of Jesus say (Kingsford)
Come down, O love divine (Down Ampney)
Praise the Lord, the Almighty (Lobe Den Herren)
Abide with me (Eventide)
And did those feet in ancient times (Jerusalem)
James O'Donnell conductor
Robert Quinney organ
The Choir of Westminster Abbey
The singing of hymns has its roots in the earliest days of the Christian church and remains a central part of the liturgy. In the Anglican church, and nowhere more so than in Westminster Abbey, this is a tradition that thrives, where tunes from the sixteenth century sit happily alongside fervent Methodist outpourings, profound Victorian sentiment, the 'rediscoveries' of Vaughan Williams, and arrangements by the Abbey's musicians of today.
"I didn’t expect that this disc would be so entrancing. It is a hymn recording for the ages"
"As usual, O'Donnell draws the very best singing from his choristers and Quinney…provides colourful but sympathetic accompaniment."
- Limelight Magazine (Tony Way)
The biggest challenge we face is actually time – getting all our work done alongside the daily routine of the Abbey as a working church, visitor attraction and home to 1,000 years of history.