Codebreaker & Ode to a Nightingale


Hertfordshire Chorus continue to build on their reputation for commissioning and performing some of the very best in contemporary choral music. In their rst recording with Signum they are joined by the BBC Concert Orchestra for a 2CD set featuring James McCarthy’s Codebreaker (an exploration of the life of the pioneering computer scientist and mathematician Alan Turing) and Will Todd’s Ode to a Nightingale (setting the famous poem by John Keats).


Codebreaker:  James McCarthy

Ode to a Nightingale: Will todd

Hertfordshire Chorus
BBC Concert Orchestra
Julia Doyle soprano
David Temple conductor



BAR CODE: 635212049525

RELEASE DATE: 06/10/2017

Gramophone Magazine

The BBC Concert Orchestra offer superb support to both composers and the engineering is up to Signum’s customary excellence. This important release should be in every keen choral singer’s Christmas stocking.


CD1 • Codebreaker

[1]  Opening


[2]  Wondrous Light


[3]  Gordon Brown’s Apology


[4]  Song of Songs


[5]  Deep is the Night


[6]  Enough


[7]  I shall meet him again


[8]  Outbreak of War


[9]  At Sea


[10]  De Profundis


[11]  A Mother’s Lament


[12]  If Death is Kind

CD2 • Ode to a Nightingale

[1] Introduction

[2] My Heart Aches

[3] O for a draught of vintage

[4] Fade far away

[5] Away! Away!

[6] I cannot see

[7] Darkling I listen

[8] Thou wast not born for death

[9] Folorn!