New CD/Download Information from Nimbus Alliance – Joyful Company of Singers – Rachmaninov “All Night Vigil Op. 37″*

Artist(s):                               Joyful Company of Singers

Peter Broadbent (cond)

Composer:                          Rachmaninov

Repertoire:                          All Night Vigil op. 37 (1915)

O mother of God vigilantly praying (1893)

Catalogue No:                    NI6250 [0710357625022]

Discs:                                    Single CD/Jewel Case

UK PPD:                                £6.40 (upper mid price)

UK Release Date:              Available Now


Rachmaninov: Vsenoschnoe bdenie, op. 37 All-Night Vigil (1915); V molitvakh neusypayushchuyu bogoroditsu- O mother of God vigilantly praying (1893)

Featuring Lorna Perry (alto) and Andrew Shepstone (tenor)


Repertoire Information

Sergei Rachmaninov’s sacred choral music has become some of the best known from amongst the extensive repertoire composed in Russia before its untimely curtailing with the advent of the Revolution in 1917. Rachmaninov’s choral writing is technically both perfect and ambitious, linguistically rooted in tradition yet constantly seeking to renew it, and transcendent in its piercing beauty.

While  “All-Night  Vigil” is the  correct  translation   of the  title  of Rachmaninov’s  great  work, it should  be pointed  out that in fact it is an abbreviated setting, as is customary  in Russian Orthodox churches and cathedrals, of the main musical parts of Vespers, which  begins  approximately at  sunset,  and  of Matins  and  the  First Hour  of the  following liturgical day.  Rachmaninov’s setting comprises fifteen sections, the first six being from Vespers, the following eight from Matins, and the final one from the First Hour.  The composer avoided setting specific festal texts, so that the work may be used at any time during the liturgical year, and  he  set  none  of the  responses  for the  many  litanies  that  punctuate the  services  of the Byzantine rite.

Also included on this CD is a brief “sacred concerto” dating from 1890. It was first performed  in 1893 by the Moscow Synodal Choir under Vasily Orlov,  but  was  not  published in the  composer’s  lifetime,  though  it has  subsequently attained  a good deal of popularity.

The release of this recording is timely to coincide with the 21st Anniversary of the founding of The Joyful Company of Singers – please visit

Artist Information

The Joyful Company of Singers is One of Europe’s leading chamber choirs, known for its virtuosity and intensity of spirit, as well as for an astoundingly wide repertoire, ranging from the sixteenth century to the present day, and particularly featuring contemporary a cappella works, including many first performances. Together with founder and conductor Peter Broadbent, the choir has won an impressive list of national and international competitions, and has a history of success in recordings, broadcasts and concerts. The choir makes regular appearances at all the main British festivals as well as festivals in Europe, Russia and the United States. Its discography runs to more than 20 CDs, and includes music by many British composers as well as Barber, Poulenc and Malcolm Williamson.

Peter Broadbent is one of Britain’s most versatile choral   conductors, known   for his awareness of style, breadth of experience and commitment to contemporary music.    In addition to  his  regular work with the JCS, he has conducted professional choirs  and  orchestras in the UK, France,  Hungary and  Ireland  and  in  2006   conducted the  World Youth Choir  in a European Tour.   An adjudicator at   International  Choral   Competitions  all   over Europe,  he  gives  seminars and  masterclasses at home   and   in   mainland  Europe,   South   Africa, South-East Asia, the United  States and Canada He is  Director  of  Training   for  the   Association  of British    Choral     Directors.        Broadbent    was presented   with    the    “Pro   Cultura    Hungarica” award by the Hungarian Ministry of Culture for his services to Hungarian Music.

Lorna Perry was born in South Wales and graduated in Music and German from Southampton University.  She sings with   professional church choirs   and   several   London   Chamber choirs including the JCS, with whom she has sung solo parts in major concert halls and several UK and European Festivals. As an oratorio soloist her performances include many of the major vocal works including  Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius and Sea Pictures and works   from  Bach,   Haydn   and Mendelssohn to Constant Lambert and Karl Jenkins. Her operatic roles range from Purcell, Mozart and Rossini to Britten, Kurt Weill and Cecilia McDowall.

Andrew Shepstone began his singing career as a treble in the première of Britten’s War Requiem. A Cambridge  graduate and  solicitor,  he  studied with  Christopher Keyte  and  sings  with  several leading choirs as well  as performing as a soloist.  A founder member of the JCS he has also sung with the Monteverdi Choir under   Sir John Eliot Gardiner. His  recordings include the  solos  in Malcolm  Williamson’s Requiem for a Tribe Brother and  several  with  St Albans  Cathedral Choir, where  he  was  a Lay Clerk for seven years.   Recent solo appearances include Janacek’s Otcenas, Strauss’s Deutsche Motette and the baritone solos in both Fauré’s and Durufle’s Requiems



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NI 6250 Rachmaninov All Night Vigil - Joyful Company of Singers - Press Release (80.5 KiB)

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