Patron Saint of Music
Christopher Cook re-examines St Cecilia's ancient story and discovers a lost mystical tradition behind the established image of music's patron saint.
Including pieces by Purcell, Scarlatti, Marenzio, Handel, Draghi and Charpentier.
Hymns and Odes
Christopher Cook examines the British fascination with St Cecilia and how, under the direction of our greatest poets and composers, she has become an honorary Englishwoman.
With extracts from:
Finzi: For St Cecilia
London Symphony Chorus
Richard Hickox Singers
London Symphony Orchestra
City of London Sinfonia/Richard Hickox
Boyce: Ode to St Cecilia: No 15 recit and No 16 Cecilia's Decent
Michael George (baritone)
The Hanover Band/Graham Lea-Cox
Peter Phillips: Cantantibus Organis
Choir of Winchester Cathedral
The Parley of Instruments/ David Hill
Blow: The Glorious Day Is Come (St Cecilia Ode, 1691), Ah Heavn What Ist I Hear?
Michael Chance (countertenor)
Joseph Cornwell (tenor)
The Parley of Instruments/Peter Holman
Howells: Hymn to St Cecilia
The Choir of the Queens college, Oxford
David Went (organ)/ Matthew Owens
Britten: Hymn to St Cecilia, Scherzo section (2.40 4.37)
The Sixteen/ Harry Christophers.