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This release marks the centenary of the granting of the right to vote to British women, on 14 December 1918. And what better way to give voice to celebrations for that event than through a programme of choral music written by 14 women composers and boasting 10 world premieres? It maybe goes without saying that the performers and conductor are also women: Hilary Campbell directs Blossom Street, a versatile and vibrant chamber choir comprising some of the UK’s best young singers.

This Day
Celebrating a century of British women’s right to vote

Blossom Street • Hilary Campbell

On 14 December 1918, women were permitted to stand for Parliament and were granted the vote for the first time in British history. As part of the centenary celebrations for this milestone and to raise awareness of persistent inequalities in society, Hilary Campbell and the distinctive choir, Blossom Street, present repertoire by famous and lesser-known female composers, ranging from Rebecca Clarke’s moving Ave Maria to Stef Conner’s haunting setting of Hildegard von Bingen’s text O splendidissima gemma.

Listen to an extract from
Cecilia McDowall’s Come home, little sister
Also by Blossom Street
‘The singing of Blossom Street gives much pleasure…the sound is consistently fresh and well-balanced … this is a well sung disc containing some interesting arrangements of the type that one hears too infrequently. It makes for enjoyable listening.’
MusicWeb International
  Listen to an extract from
Bairstow’s The Oak and the Ash
8.572868
Sleep, Holy Babe
A Collection of Christmas Lullabies

Blossom Street • Campbell
‘I like the Blossom Street chamber choir, especially in the contemporary offerings … you’ll find that these are lullabies worth staying awake for.’
American Record Guide
  Listen to an extract from
Anthony Mudge’s O magnum mysterium
About the Artists
Hilary Campbell | © Tom Shorter
Hilary Campbell is the founder and musical director of Blossom Street, and musical director of Bristol Choral Society, Chiswick Choir and the Music Makers of London. Her project work includes acting as guest conductor of ensembles including the BBC Singers, Trinity Laban Chamber Choir and the University of Greenwich Choir, and chorus master of the BBC Symphony Chorus and Royal Academy of Music Symphony Chorus. www.hilarycampbell.com
Blossom Street | © Tom Shorter
Blossom Street is a versatile and vibrant chamber choir which performs regularly on TV and radio as well as on the concert platform. The group was formed over a decade ago, while the singers were studying at the University of York, and relocated to London in 2007. In addition to its busy performance schedule, Blossom Street works regularly with a number of emerging composers, in workshops and recording sessions for their new music. www.blossomstreetchoir.com
Instrumental music by composers featured on ‘This Day’
‘… the music here reflects a composer fascinated by the church and its scriptures … the string scoring is highly accomplished, and there is a real sense of commitment behind Graham Ross’s sharply focused direction … Tom Winpenny brings assurance with some adept handling of Bingham’s complex organ-writing.’
Gramophone
  Listen to an extract from
Jacob's Ladder:
II. Anxiety Dream
‘Both technically and musically, these are exceptional accounts, with Dukes producing the most alluring sound throughout the register, counterpointed by Sophia Rahman's beguiling pianism and Michael Ponter's exemplary engineering. Another Naxos winner.’
The Strad
  Listen to an extract from
Viola Sonata: II. Vivace
8.557389
LEFANU, N.:
Catena for Eleven Solo Strings
String Quartet No. 2
Clarinet Concertino

Cross • Clapton
Goldberg Ensemble • Layfield
‘The performances are authoritative, secure and expressive ... the clarity is admirable.’
BBC Music Magazine
  Listen to an extract from String Quartet No. 2
‘Take Maconchy’s Three Preludes. Here is strong, argumentative music, finely wrought, purposeful in intent, and with a stark beauty. Maconchy is known for her Quartets and her string writing is the best of her. This piece, alone, is worth the price of the disk.’
MusicWeb International
  Listen to an extract from
Maconchy's 3 Preludes:
No. 3 Con allegrezza


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