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17 June 2024
Missa Festiva: Choral Music by Flor Peeters

The Choir of Royal Holloway
Rupert Gough (director)
Onyx Brass
Matthew Searles (organ)
George Nicholls (organ)

Flor Peeters was one of the most significant Catholic composers of the twentieth century, whose deeply spiritual œuvre incorporates elements of Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony. This recording celebrates his Latin choral music, a perfect assimilation of the motu proprio of Pope Pius X in 1903, which was unjustly neglected following the Second Vatican Council but is now sung in both Catholic and Protestant churches throughout the world. This album, which includes a number of premiere recordings, also features the popular Missa Festiva, to which Rupert Gough has added brass parts in line with those written by the composer for the Entrata Festiva. These dramatic works, brought to life by the Choir of Royal Holloway, are contrasted with eucharistic motets and the smaller-scale Missa In honorem Sancti Josephi, which showcase the full breadth of Peeters’ idiomatic style.


Flor Peeters: Entrata Festiva, Op. 93

Flor Peeters: Missa Festiva, Op. 62

I. Kyrie

II. Gloria

III. Credo

IV. Sanctus

V. Benedictus

VI. Agnus Dei


Flor Peeters: Ego sum panis, Op. 9 No. 1

Flor Peeters: Ave Maria, Op. 9 No. 2

Flor Peeters: Tantum ergo, Op. 9 No. 4

Flor Peeters: Missa in honorem Sanci Josephi, Op. 21

I. Kyrie

II. Gloria

III. Credo

IV. Sanctus

V. Benedictus

VI. Agnus Dei


Flor Peeters: Ave verum, Op. 63 No. 1

Flor Peeters: Magnificat, Op. 108

Recorded Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, Devon, UK on 16th-18th September 2021
Recording Engineer: David Hinitt
Recording Producer: Peacock
Assistant Producer: Matthew Searles
Executive Producer: Philip Arkwright
Total Time: 69:17
Release Date: July 2022

The Choir of Royal HollowayThe Choir of Royal Holloway is unique in the UK as the only collegiate choir with a weekly programme of services and concerts, and is considered to be one of the finest mixed-voice collegiate choirs in Britain. The choir gives 50 or more concerts a year in the UK and abroad. The choir has collaborated, performed and recorded with many prestigious ensembles, including the King’s Singers, BBC Singers, London Mozart Players, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Onyx Brass, Fretwork, and the Britten Sinfonia.

Through the success of their recording catalogue and subsequent live performances, the choir has developed a reputation for the performance of music from the Baltic region. The choir has also enjoyed fruitful collaborations with many living composers and is in much demand for recording projects. Their recent recording Winter Songs with Ola Gjeilo was No. 1 in the UK and US iTunes chart.

Rupert Gough (director / organ)Rupert Gough has been Director of Choral Music & College Organist at Royal Holloway, University of London, since 2005. He is also Organist & Director of Music at London’s oldest surviving church, St Bartholomew the Great, which maintains a professional choir. At Royal Holloway Rupert has developed the choral programme to include weekly choral recitals, choral conducting courses for undergraduates, frequent new choral commissions and has transformed the Chapel Choir into an elite group of 24 choral scholars.

Rupert has worked with a variety of professional ensembles including the BBC Singers, King’s Singers, Britten Sinfonia, London Mozart Players and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. As an organist he has performed widely as a soloist and as a part of a violin and organ duo. Highlights include the Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and recitals in Moscow and across the USA.

Onyx BrassCelebrating its 30th anniversary in 2023, Onyx Brass continues to be the leading light in establishing the brass quintet as a medium for serious chamber music, combining ‘staggering virtuosity’ (BBC Radio 3) with the entertaining and articulate style that has become the group’s trademark. The group’s extensive discography has received huge critical acclaim: Gramophone hail ‘some of the most thrilling chamber brass-playing of its kind’ and Record Review described the group as a ‘wonderful, virtuosic brass quintet’. Education has always been central to the remit of Onyx Brass and the group has held several residencies, including 15 years at Imperial College, London.

Matthew Searles is Assistant Master of the Music at Buckfast Abbey. In this role, he shares in theMatthew Searles (organ) accompaniment of the Abbey Choir and Monastic Community in the Opus Dei, and has oversight of the Abbey Choristers. In 2018, at the conclusion of Buckfast’s millennium celebrations, Matthew played for Midnight Mass, which was televised live on BBC One. Prior to this, Matthew spent two years as Sub-Organist of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.

Matthew studied at Royal Holloway, University of London, where as organ scholar he graduated with first class honours and the Driver Prize for ‘outstanding musical performance’. Matthew continued his studies, in both organ and harpsichord, at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Poitiers, France. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.

George Nicholls (organ)George Nicholls is the Organ Scholar at Royal Holloway, University of London, and is a final-year music student. He began his musical studies with Paul Carr and in 2015 continued at the Royal Birmingham Junior Conservatoire. From 2017 to 2019 he was the Organ Scholar at St Alban the Martyr, Birmingham, where he found a passion for improvisation which now plays an important part in his musical practices. George studies improvisation with John Pryer and is currently learning organ under Rupert Gough. At Royal Holloway, in addition to accompanying the choir in their weekly services and concerts, George’s playing has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Television. Some of his recent recital venues have included St Aposteln Kirch, Cologne and l’Oratoire du Louvre, Paris.

AF008     View Booklet     UPC: 0793591948577

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