The Society has already started work on promoting recordings of music, either hitherto unrecorded, or, where previously recorded, the CD is either no longer available or the LP has never been transcribed onto CD.
We have four proposed recordings in hand, of which the following is a summary.
Project 1 - Holst's Christmas Music
The City of London Choir, under their conductor Hilary Davan Wetton, have agreed in principle, to issue a recording of Holst's Christmas music. This is due to be released in the autumn of 2018 under the EM label.
The CD may include In the Bleak Midwinter (H73), Christmas Day (H109), Four Old English Carols (H82), A Dream of Christmas (H139), Lullay My Liking (H129), The Wassail Song (H182), Two Carols (H91), Three Carols (H133) and Of One That Is So Fair (H130).
We also hope to include Holst's sacred music.
Project 2 - Choral Works by Holst and Dyson (now issued)
This is a recording by the Godwine Choir of lesser-known music by George Dyson and Gustav Holst. The programme for the music by Holst includes the Five Part-songs (H61), four of the 12 Welsh Folk Songs (H183) and the premier recording of Love is Enough dating from 1897.
Although the five part-songs have previously been recorded, that recording dates back some decades and is no longer available.
Dream Tryst is issued under the EM record label and can be obtained through EM Records, PO Box 123, Clunton, Craven Arms SY7 7BP, email: email@example.com, or visit https://www.em-records.com/catalogue.html.
The Society is providing sponsorship towards this recording, together with generous support from three of our members.
This is a proposed recording under the Albion label, jointly with the Vaughan Williams Society and will include music for voice and piano by Vaughan Williams and Holst.
This is a long-term project with the Holst Singers under their conductor Stephen Layton. We are considering the following hitherto unrecorded works:-
H115 Hecuba’s Lament
H30 Clear and Cool (unpublished)
H134 Three Festival Choruses
H34 Ornulf’s Drapa (unpublished)
This recording will necessitate an orchestral accompaniment. As a result, the costs will be considerable. Anyone able to contribute towards these costs, should contact us. We would be most grateful for donations, great or small.
There are numerous recordings of works by Holst. Those visiting this website should consult online retailers.
The Society would always be interested in hearing ideas about future recordings. If you are proposing a recording yourself or through your choral society/orchestra, we would be most interested in learning about this. Please send such information to us via the form on the contact page.