Choir of Westminster Abbey: Music of Jonathan Dove, Judith Weir, Matthew Martin

February 7, 2022, 9:00 am

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Throughout its history the Church of England has performed the conspicuous role of musical patron, and while this role may have changed in emphasis across the generations, it has nevertheless provided a platform for choral music, in which the shifting aesthetics of each age are embodied. This recording provides a vivid and powerful contemporary illustration of such music by three living British composers: Jonathan Dove, Judith Weir, and Matthew Martin, all of whom exhibit a special affinity for choral music. Many of the works presented here were specially written for the Choir of Westminster Abbey, which, over the years, has commissioned various new pieces for the liturgy or for special services.