Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

In the Heart of Things

In the Heart of Things: Choral Music of Francis Pott

My friend Graham Lunn, now an Anglican curate in Reading, has sent me this about this recording:

Commotio's new CD is to be released next week. According to Gramophone "this is a powerful disc of important music", so do help us to climb our way up the charts by ordering your copy this week using these links

or by looking in HMV, Blackwell's or other music shops from Monday.

We had a great time recording this amazing music back in July, and are very pleased with the finished product, which has already had a bit of an airing on Radio 3 and (as previously hinted) a stonking review in Gramophone. If that isn't enough encouragement, it's worth having a listen just to hear the lovely sound of Grace Davidson.

Our last disc got to number two in the Specialist Classical Chart (second only to Andre Rieu and friends), and was a bestseller on Amazon and iTunes. Let's see how much better we can do this time!

Launch concert: St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, 4th February at 7.30pm. Free entry, retiring collection, music from all four CDs, and canapes made by the choir. What's not to like?

"an important new release of a cappella music... soprano Grace Davidson floats effortlessly above Oxford-based chamber choir Commotio, adding her seraphic poise to their perfect intonation... this is a powerful disc of important music"

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