Choir CD enters Classical Albums chart

Posted on 11/03/2013

The Choir of Royal Holloway, along with The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, has entered the Specialist Classical Albums at No. 16, with a new recording of music by the early English composer, Peter Philips.

The Specialist Classical Albums chart is the only official one taking into account public sales. It counts the sale of discs from all retailers, including those downloaded from iTunes and Amazon. The Choir of Royal Holloway is currently the only university choir to hold a position in the chart.

The recording, titled Cantiones Sacrae Octonis Vocibus (1613), features the 8-part motets (pieces of music often used for church service and sung by a choir without instrumental accompaniment) of Peter Philips. Its release marks 400 years since the music was first published in Antwerp, with many of them being recorded for the first time.

Although an Englishman, Philips lived in Brussels in exile because of his Catholic faith and, following a period of study in Italy, his compositions took on a distinctly southern European style.

For this recording, all new editions were prepared by former Royal Holloway Director of Chapel Music, Professor Lionel Pike, and the Choir is joined by the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble to recreate authentic sounds from the early 17th century.

The CD is released under the Hyperion Records label. For more information and to purchase a copy, please visit: or alternatively download from or 


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