Walsh: ...and The Greatest Of These Is Love
Format: COMPACT DISC
Cann, Matthew; Hardy, Louise; Parsons, Timothy; Antiphon Players; Noon, Timothy; Williams, Ellen; Antiphon; Rippon, Julian
In their second album for Willowhayne Records, Antiphon presents world premiere recordings of three choral works by Michael Walsh. Two are sacred and one secular: an unaccompanied Mass of the Holy Trinity, a full-scale Requiem Mass, and The Way of Love: a setting of five love poems by the First World War poet Rupert Brooke, scored for choir and strings. These works reflect the gentle character of the composer's style, steeped through nearly thirty years of singing in English Cathedrals. It is a happy coincidence that Exeter Cathedral is where Michael Walsh first sang in a Cathedral setting: in 1968, the choir of Allhallows school sang the D minor setting by Walmisley and Batten’s O sing joyfully there and he was hooked. After studying at Trinity College of Music in London, Michael settled in Chichester and was a member of the Cathedral Choir under John Birch and Alan Thurlow from 1972-1990. He sang for a further ten years in Portsmouth Cathedral Choir. From 1972 to present day, Michael has been involved as MD of several local choirs and orchestras, giving many concerts to raise money for charities.