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: 7th July 2017
Order code: SIGCD516
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