‘Magical gems, sung here with tender care’: Trinity College Choir awarded recording of the year

Trinity College Choir’s recording of Howells Collegium Regale has been awarded Recording of the Year by Limelight, Australia’s leading classical music and arts magazine.

Limelight’s Tony Way said of the Choir’s Coventry Cathedral recording of Herbert Howell’s music:

These superb performances have the Trinity Choir’s trademark blend of passion and technique, and all placed at the service of the music’s various moods.

Director of Music at Trinity, Stephen Layton, recalls looking forward to singing Collegium Regale as a choirboy at Winchester Cathedral. He told Limelight Magazine:

You just went for it and let it soar. Tallis and Byrd seemed quite tricky and, looking back, not so tuneful and exciting. Whereas Howells just sort of blew you away with these great settings with the organ playing. Your voice just flew, because he loved writing for the top lines of the boys’ voices. It was kind of love at first sight.

Howells Collegium Regale is available from Hyperion. Classic FM said of the CD, which was also nominated for a Gramophone Award in 2016:

This selection has all of the polish and charisma to be expected from one of Britain’s most accomplished choral conductors, Stephen Layton, and his excellent Cambridge Choir.

 

 

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