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29 May 2024
Matthew Coleridge: Requiem

RSVP Voices
Guy Johnston (cello)
Stephen Farr (organ)
George Barton (percussion)
Rob Johnston (conductor0

Matthew Coleridge’s Requiem (2016) is a deeply moving work for choir, cello and organ. Its beautiful, flowing melodies are often monastic in flavour, but woven together to create rich and dazzling tapestries of harmony. Above the choral voices soars a lyrical part for solo cello, here performed by the acclaimed cellist Guy Johnston.


Matthew Coleridge: Requiem I. Introit II. Kyrie Eleison III. Offertory IV. Pie Jesu V. Rex Tremendae VI. Agnus Dei VII. Lacrimosa

Recorded in St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge on 1st February 2016
Engineering, Editing & Mixing: Dave Rowell & Robin Hawkins
Producer: Adrian Peacock Total Time: 29.25 Release Date: March 2020

Rob Johnston (conductor)Rob Johnston was a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral, before studying singing at the Royal Academy of Music. He has sung in a vast array of professional ensembles, including the Tallis Scholars, The Sixteen, the Monteverdi Choir and the Gabrieli Consort. He founded RSVP Voices in 2002, in response to demand within the music industry for a choir for film and TV soundtracks and CD recordings.


Guy Johnston is one of the most exciting and versatile British cellists of todaGuy Johnston (cello)y. Born into a musical family, Guy joined his brothers in the choir of King's College, Cambridge. He went on to achieve early success as winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2000. His recordings include a recital disc on Orchid Classics, and concertos by Ernest Moeran, David Matthews and Edward Gregson. Guy plays a 1714 cello by David Tecchler.


Stephen Farr is widely regarded as one of the finest organists of his generation. He has a particular commitment to contemporary music, and has been involved in premieres of works by composers Patrick Gowers, Francis Pott, Judith Bingham and Howard Goodall. In 2004 he commissioned a new organ symphony from David Briggs, inspired by Duruflé's setting of the Requiem Mass.


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