‘Philip Stopford's musical style is imbued with the spirit of Howells and Vaughan Williams, and his choral works lie firmly within the Anglican Church tradition. His harmonic language is uncomplicated and his choral writing beautifully crafted.’ (Gramophone)
Philip Stopford is admired in Britain and America for his beautifully crafted music, rooted in the Anglican tradition. His works are memorable and colourful, as these world premiere recordings demonstrate. The biggest piece on this album is the Missa Deus nobiscum, a sacred concert work with a scintillating role for soprano soloist that displays Stopford’s compositional skill, creating a journey rather than a sequence of set piece movements. Elsewhere, in pieces for a variety of locations and occasions, his music is evocative, filmic and vividly celebratory.
Jeremy Summerly, founder-conductor of Oxford Camerata and director of music at the London church of St Luke’s, Chelsea, has been conductor of the Mayfield Festival Choir and artistic director of the Mayfield Festival of Music and the Arts since 2021. Director of music at St Peter’s College, Oxford from 2015 to 2019, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music in 2017. In 2019 he began a three-year tenure as visiting professor of music history at Gresham College in the City of London, and since 2022 he has been director of studies in music at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge.