The Sunlight on the Garden


One of the UK’s leading choral directors for over 50 years, Stephen Wilkinson MBE has led both professional and amateur choirs across Europe, and is particularly renowned for his work with the BBC Northern Singers and the William Byrd Singers of Manchester.

Only retiring from conducting in 2009 at the age of 90, Stephen Wilkinson’s songs span the breadth of his long career as a conductor and musician, and are best described by his daughter Clare – an acclaimed mezzo-soprano herself who also performs on this recording – as being “a unique voice, yet deeply rooted in the English song tradition of Finzi, Gurney and Quilter.”

Performed by British singers Mhairi Lawson, Clare Wilkinson, James Gilchrist and Matthew Brook, they draw on texts by a wealth of sources including Auden, Yates, Coleridge, Shakespeare and many more.

Highly persuasive English lyricism… a worthwhile labour of love – The Guardian

There are fine things here…. strikingly original…. rooted in textual detail – Gramophone

Drawing on texts from the likes of Auden, Yates, Coleridge and Shakespeare, this is a must for devotees – Northern Echo

The English song tradition continues to bear fruit [and] Wilkinson takes his place in the canon – MusicWeb International


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Mhairi Lawson soprano

Clare Wilkinson mezzo-soprano

James Gilchrist tenor

Matthew Brook bass

Anna Markland & Ian Buckle piano

RELEASE DATE: 07/07/2017
BARCODE: 635212051627

1. Grantchester

2. Proud Songsters

3. At the Manger

4. Joly Jankyn

5. Eternal Summer

6. Winter Snow

7. Chapels

8. Heaven

9. The Hour-Glass

10. Come Away, Death

11. Crabbed Age and Youth

12. To A Young Girl

13. O Do Not Love Too Long

14. Maude Gonne

15. Politics

16. Spring and Fall

17. The Garden

18. The Sunlight on the Garden

19. The Gate in the Wall

20. Running to Paradise

21. Birdspeak

22. The Owl and the Pussycat

23. The Wind and the Moon

24. Kiss

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