Described by The Times as "thrilling. contemporary, and original... impressive and profoundly affecting", Francis Pott’s writing provides a treasure-trove of astonishingly beautiful composition. Meditations & Remembrances is a new collection of choral and organ pieces of extraordinary tenderness and masterly technique.
Francis Pott began his musical life as a chorister at New College Oxford. He held open music scholarships at Winchester College and Magdalene College, Cambridge. Francis was appointed Administrative Head of Music at London College of Music and Media in 2001, subsequently becoming its Head of Composition and Research Development on Music, Media and Creative Technologies. He was also a member of Winchester Cathedral Choir under David Hill from 1991 until 2001. Francis remains an active pianist and accompanist, uniting both compositon and academic research.
Christ Church Cathedral Choir enjoys an enviable reputation as one of Ireland’s most outstanding choirs. Under the direction of Judy Martin, Director of Music at the cathedral, the present choir is a mixed ensemble of 20 adult singers. In addition to the full part it plays in the worship in the cathedral, the Cathedral Choir is active with concerts, tours and regular broadcasts.
"...The performances are splendid. The choir has been excellently trained by Judy Martin and they sing with precision, tonal beauty and complete conviction. The sound quality is first rate, as is the documentation. I am impatient to hear more of Francis Pott’s music, especially his latest work, The Cloud of Unknowing, written for the Vasari Singers and premiered by them only in May 2006. It’s excellent news that the piece is to be recorded by Signum next year. I can’t wait. For now, this recording will do very nicely and I hope it will win a still wider audience for the music of Francis Pott. This is likely to be one of my Recordings of 2006 and I recommend it with the greatest possible enthusiasm."
"The music of Francis Pott is rapidly gaining attention for its silky lines and sensitivity. The items that give the album its title, Meditations and Remembrances, are settings of the 17th-century thinker Thomas Traherne. One senses Pott’s pleasure at painting the word "love" with such glowing warmth in A Meditation. He is well served by a beautifully tuned choir. The Osanna in the Five-Part Mass is light and crisp and Psalm 126 ends with the sort of melismatic Amen for which the Church was once reprimanded." ****
"First comes the word and here we have a composer who has an implicit understanding and love of the text, which manifests itself throughout his music. Judy Martin is a choral director who has a perfect understanding of this relationship. She draws from the mixed-voice choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, in beautifully expressive and finely honed performances. This elegant and individual music gains its own momentum as it builds toward each climax. Choral works include the Mass in five parts, Turn our Captivity, A Remembrance and O Lord, support us all the day long. The composer’s organ writing is represented by his stunning Introduction, Toccata and Fugue, which is given a first-rate performance by the cathedral’s young Australian organist Tristan Russcher. Highly Recommended." *****