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Weʼre raising £70,000 to help fund a top quality recording of three cantatas by Martin Shaw by the BBC Singers and the English Chamber Orchestra

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If you have ever sung 'Hills of the North Rejoice!' or ‘With a Voice of Singing’, or enjoyed singing while at school, you will have sung Martin Shaw’s music - perhaps without knowing. From the same generation of composers as his friends Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams and John Ireland, he was responsible for creating ‘Morning has Broken’, 'All Things Bright and Beautiful' and ‘Rocking’ (we will rock you…) among many other favourites. Yet his own choral work remains unjustly neglected, in part due to the lack of recordings. Now is your chance to set this injustice to rights.

A project is underway with the BBC Singers and the English Chamber Orchestra to record three of Shaw's major choral works, released by the Signum label in time for the 60th anniversary of his death in 2018. The Arts Council will – in principle – support the project, provided there is also sufficient support from individuals.

The three pieces are:

'Sursum Corda' (1933) words specially written by Laurence Binyon: Wake, O awaken, Soul that goest/Drowsed and dark thro’ cloudy vales!

'Easter, a play for Singers' (1929), words specially written by John Masefield: …And with him, lo, the shining strengths that dwell/Within His Father’s Kingdom, gleam on gleam,/Come to defend Man’s spirit against hell/And make God’s Kingdom here, and not a dream.

'The Changing Year' (1951) words chosen by Joan Cobbold from the canon of English literature, from John Clare to Christina Rossetti.

Shaw holds a unique place in British music history, and the joy of his work deserves to be wider known. Every donation, however small, will help it live again. Please, if you love singing, and want others to enjoy singing too, give what you can.

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  • Isobel Platings

    Isobel Platings

    3 months ago

    Isobel Platings

    Thank you so much Amber! What a great friend you are... :)

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    Isobel Platings

    3 months ago

    Isobel Platings

    The first donation from a friend in France. Thank you so much - we first met via the town-twinning association, and found we had so much in common. Here for everyone is one of Martin Shaw's tunes sung at Notre Dame cathedral: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD0hNL5HLkU

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  • Isobel Platings

    Isobel Platings

    3 months ago

    Isobel Platings

    Well, the application to Arts Council England has gone in - all 60 pages of it! Not easy to do, but then again, why should it be? They want a well thought out project, and that is what I have given them. Funding has come in from other sources, so the total raised so far is £440. Fond love to all my friends and here's to your good health for 2017!

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3 months ago

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  • Amber Hatcher

    Amber Hatcher

    Jan 4, 2017

    Good job, Isobel! x

    £50.00

  • Gaulier  Veronique

    Gaulier Veronique

    Dec 31, 2016

    All the best Isobel for your project and ours best wishes for this New year 2017

    £20.00

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Isobel Platings

Isobel Platings

London, United Kingdom

I am Martin Shaw's grand-daughter, and have been working on Shaw's music since 2008, when his (huge) Archvie was returned to the family. All his papers and manuscripts are with the British Library. More information is available at: www.martinshawmusic.com

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