The Temple Church Choir of eighteen boy-choristers and twelve choirmen has in recent years regained the prestige it enjoyed when Sir George Thalben-Ball and Ernest Lough made (in 1926) their world-famous recording of Mendelssohn’s Hear my Prayer/O, for the Wings of a Dove. The present choir shot back to prominence with the commission and – at the Temple Church itself – the premie?re of John Tavener’s all-night musical vigil The Veil of the Temple, ‘Tavener’s masterpiece’ (The Daily Telegraph). The Choir took The Veil to the Lincoln Center Festival in New York, and then to the Proms in a shortened version which is currently available on Signum Classics SIGCD367. This recording has been followed by three further discs from the choir, all of them critically acclaimed.
In the past two years, the choristers have appeared on Hyperion’s new release of Britten’s St Nicholas, performed The Ceremony of Carols at the opening concert of the Britten Centenary celebrations at the Snape Maltings in Aldeburgh, joined forces with the BBC Singers in Britten’s A Babe was Born at the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, and broadcast a memorial concert to Sir John Tavener on Classic FM. Earlier this year, they also joined the BBC
Singers in a recording of music by Judith Weir, for release next year. The Choir is proud to commission new music, including works from Thomas Ade?s and Gabriel Jackson. In November this year the Choir gave the premie?re of A Safe Stronghold, a collaboration between two young composers to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War – the German Lars Schwarze and the British Gareth Treseder. Nico Muhly’s Our present Charter has been commissioned to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, and as part of events to celebrate the same anniversary, the choir recently performed at both the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court in Washington D.C.