Composer David Bowerman has written a number of works for organ (not least the ones on CHRCD005) and was delighted when Director of Music for the Church of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, Dr Andrew Earis suggested he write a collection of organ improvisations and chorale preludes for this disc.
Set alongside the new works are those hymn tunes that inspired them. Some of the finest and most enduring hymns feature here, from the powerful Old 100th (famously sung to the words 'All People that on Earth Do Dwell') to the triumphant Woodlands ('Tell Out My Soul').
Two of the chorale re-workings feature the former Head Chorister of Westminster Abbey, and rising star of the opera scene, baritone David Stout.
These well-known hymns are interspersed with David Bowerman's delightful and imaginative solo organ 'takes' on the melodies - in the style of the traditional organ extemporization.
The breadth and quality of musical activity at the Church of St Martin-in-the-Fields is astonishing. Located on the corner of London's Trafalgar Square, the church is home to the remarkable chamber orchestra - The Academy of St Martin in the Fields - and the venue for a wide range of recitals and concerts to full audiences.
The Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields are hand picked from the wonderful church choir, and receive an extensive training in the various aspects of church and choral music.