Recordings

Our Cathedral Choir and musicians enjoy an international reputation and perform a wide repertoire of magnificent choral, orchestral and instrumental music from all periods. You can listen to sample audio from a selection of our top-selling CDs below, arranged most recent first.

We are grateful to recording companies Herald AV, Regent Records and Hyperion Recordsfor use of these clips.

A Year at Winchester

The choir’s latest CD takes a journey through the Church’s year as celebrated in Winchester. Sung by Boy and Girl Choristers and Lay Clerks, the music on the disc includes works by John Tavener (A Christmas Proclamation); John Rutter (Winchester Te Deum) and Donald Sweeney as well as Charles Stanford.

Date: 2011
Conductor: Andrew Lumsden
Choir: Winchester Cathedral Choir
Organ: Simon Bell, with Richard McVeigh Synthesizer
Label: Regent REGCD372

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English Fayre

This recording showcases a selection of English organ repertoire from the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries – music that is particularly suitable for performance on the Cathedral’s Father Willis organ. Two major works form the bulk of the programme; Sir Edward Elgar’s pioneering Organ Sonata and Healey Willan’s epic Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue.

Date:2011
Organ: Simon Bell
Label: Herald, HAVPCD 366

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The Winchester Service: and other late works

This recording features some of the lesser known later works of Herbert Howells (1892-1983), who was one of the most prolific English composers of sacred choral music in the twentieth century. The disc includes the Winchester setting of the Evening canticles, which was written for the Cathedral Choir in 1967.

Date: 2011
Conductor: Andrew Lumsden
Choir: Winchester Cathedral Choir
Organ: Simon Bell
Label: Hyperion

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Christmas from Winchester

This recording features some of the wonderful music that can be heard at Winchester Cathedral during the Christmas period, including its famous carol services. It includes many familiar and well-loved carols such as O come, all ye faithful, In the bleak midwinter, and the Sans Day Carol, as well as the whole of A Ceremony of Carols, composer Benjamin Britten’s great 1942 work, with its evocative settings of medieval English texts.

Date: 2010
Conductor: Andrew Lumsden
Choir: Winchester Cathedral Choir
Organ: Simon Bell
Harp: Frances Kelly
Label: Regent, REGCD350

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Star of the East: Music for Epiphany to Candlemas

The period between Epiphany (6 Jan) and Candlemas (2 Feb) is traditionally a time of continuing meditation on the mystery of God made flesh in the form of a tiny child in a manger. This recording features 17 magical pieces to celebrate the season, including work by Holst, Howells, Messiaen, Poulenc, Surplice and Warlock.

Date: 2007
Conductor: Andrew Lumsden
Choir: Winchester Cathedral Choir
Organ: Sarah Baldock
Label: Herald, HAVPCD 333

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Evensong for St Swithun's Day

This recording captures the annual choral Evensong Service held every July to celebrate St Swithun, an Anglo-Saxon Bishop of Winchester hailed through the Middle Ages as the Cathedral’s miracle-working patron saint. It features a rich mix of Evensong readings, hymns, psalms and music.

Date: 2004
Conductor: Andrew Lumsden, Sarah Baldock
Choir: Winchester Cathedral Choirs
Organ: Andrew Lumsden, Sarah Baldock
Label: Herald, HAVPCD 185

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Favourite Anthems from Winchester

The anthem is essentially an Anglican creation, setting familiar sacred texts to rich, complex music to help the congregation enter more deeply into prayer. It is still widely used as part of sung daily worship. This recording includes some favourite anthems, from composers including Edward Elgar, Hubert Parry and Samuel Wesley. It features the Winchester Cathedral Girl Choristers on several tracks in their first-ever recording.

Date: 2002
Conductor: David Hill, Sarah Baldock
Choir: Winchester Cathedral Choirs
Label: Herald, HAVPCD 275

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Trumpets Ancient and Modern

This wide-ranging selection of trumpet music from all periods reveals the elegance, beauty and clarity of this glorious instrument. Performed by Crispian Steele-Perkins, described as ‘the world’s leading player of baroque trumpet’, this recording includes works by Albinoni, Byrd, Haydn, Mozart and Purcell.

Date: 2000
Organ: David Hill
Trumpet: Crispian Steele-Perkins
Label: Herald, HAVPCD 251

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I sing of a Maiden

The music for this recording has been chosen from the Winchester Cathedral’s Choristers and Winchester College Quiristers’ wide repertoire of anthems and motets for treble voices, which range from old-fashioned English carols to classics by Bach, Faure and Schubert. This was the first time the two sang together in a trebles-only recording.

Date: 1997
Conductor: David Hill, Christopher Tolley
Choir: Winchester Cathedral Choristers and Winchester College Quiristers
Label: Herald, HAVPCD 211

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Winchester Cathedral Organs

This recording reveals some of the glories of the surprisingly large and varied repertoire of organ music for two players, whether seated at the same keyboard or at separate benches. This stirring selection of 16 tracks includes works by Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Tomkins, Rutter and SS Wesley.

Date: 1996
Organ: David Hill, Stephen Farr
Label: Herald, HAVPCD 199

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Hymns and Psalms from Winchester: Volume 1

The joyful raising of voices in song has formed a key part of Christian daily worship for centuries. Psalms have been sung since ancient times, while congregational hymn-singing blossomed in the 19th century. This recording brings together 21 favourites from all periods, including O praise ye the Lord, The Lord is my Shepherd, and The Day thou Gavest, Lord, is ended.

Date: 1995
Conductor: David Hill
Choir: Winchester Cathedral Choir
Organ: David Dunnett
Label: Herald, HAVPCD 185

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Hymns and Psalms from Winchester: Volume 2

This second collection of hymn and psalms combines familiar and well-loved hymns such as Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven and Lead, kindly Light with others which are only now starting to build a firm place in choirs’ repertoires and public affections. It features work by Bairstow, Parratt, Talbot and Surplice.

Date: 1995
Conductor: David Hill
Choir: Winchester Cathedral Choir
Organ: Philip Scriven
Label: Herald, HAVPCD 257

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