St Cecilia




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.