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Magnificat by Oliver Tarney - recording at CHS

In 2014, national choral charity Sing for Pleasure celebrated their 50th year of encouraging people to enjoy choral singing. To mark the anniversary, a new orchestral setting of the Magnificat was commissioned from Oliver Tarney, and was given its first performance on the 50th Sing for Pleasure Summer School at Keele University in August 2014. This event was momentous for all there - it was a special performance that greatly moved every performer and audience member, with this Magnificat based not only on Mary's song in St Luke, but also Hannah's prayer in the book of Samuel, and the 19th chapter of the Koran which is the chapter of Mary.

On 23 and 24 May, Manvinder Rattan conducted the Serafine Chamber Choir and the Silk Street Sinfonia, to create a professional recording of Oliver Tarney's Magnificat at Church of the Holy Spirit, Clapham. 

Instead of a fee for use of the church for the recording we were delighted that the choir and orchestra  joined the congregation of the church on Sunday 24 May, which was Pentecost, to give a performance of parts of the Haydn Little Organ Mass, and to sing an anthem (Thomas Tallis' setting of Loquebantur variis linguis), as part of the liturgy of the parish Eucharist.

The musicians won many friends in the enthusiastic congregation for a wonderful embellishment of our Pentecost service.

Here (below) is a short video of the recording taking place at CHS

Read more about the recording from the publisher Convivium here