And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away: and there was no more sea. And I, John, saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven prepared as a bride for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying: Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men and he will dwell with them and they shall be his people. And God himself shall be with them and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away.
This passage from the end of the Book of Revelation offers a heavenly vision of the Jerusalem of the future. The world of the past has gone and we wait with hope and expectation for a new age. It is this hope for a better future and new vision of the Kingdom rooted in the love and salvation of Christ which links together the music on this recording using words from scripture, the Book of Psalms, poetry, liturgical texts and Marian prayers.
Clifton Cathedral Choir, a mixed adult choir of 40 singers, sings Solemn Mass every week on Sunday and for Holy Days at Clifton Roman Catholic Cathedral in Bristol. It is known throughout the country for its wide repertoire from the 14th century to the present-day specialising in Renaissance and contemporary music. It is one of the few choirs to have broadcast on BBC Radios 1, 2, 3 and 4 as well as on BBC1 and ITV and it is regularly in demand to lead Sunday Morning Worship on BBC Radio 4 and to provide soundtracks for television and films. The choir has made five recordings, gives regular concerts around the South West and London and has toured Thailand, India, France, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
The choir is conducted by David Ogden, the Director of Music for the Cathedral and the Diocese of Clifton. David is also Regional Director of the Royal School of Church Music for the South West and Midlands and is in much demand to direct choirs and lead choral workshops around the country.