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The Washington National Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, founded in 1909, is currently one of very few cathedral choirs of men and boys in the United States with an affiliated school, in the English tradition. The 18-22 boys singing treble are ages 8-14 and attend Saint Albans School, the Cathedral school for boys, on singing scholarships. The choristers sing 9-15 hours each week in rehearsals and services in addition to their regular academic schedule. The men of the choir are professional musicians from the greater Washington area and sing countertenor, tenor, and bass to complete the choir.


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Silent Night Washington - National Cathedral Choirs Britten: Ceremony of Carols, National Cathedral Choir, Michael McCarthy Hear the Christmas Angels/Washington National Cathedral Choirs
Silent Night/National Cathedral
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This Christmas recording features the Choir of Men and Boys at the National Cathedral. Traditional anthems, congregational singing and organ solos combine in the Gothic cathedral's acoustical cavern to create a recording of distinctive beauty. Appointed in 2003, McCarthy was the founding director of the London Oratory School Schola. The Schola recorded for the film scores of both The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and the Harry Potter film series. McCarthy brings a fresh approach to Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols, and delightful readings of many other Christmas carols. One of America's finest Anglican choirs! A collection of favorite hymns and carols from Washington National Cathedral, with the choirs of the Cathedral, the Cathedral Orchestra, and members of the Washington Symphonic Brass.
America the Beautiful/Washington National Cathedral Choir Sound from Heaven/Washington National Cathedral Messiah/Washington National Cathedral Choir
Recorded at Washington National Cathedral on October 7-8 and November 11-12, 2004, this CD weaves a tapestry of the American musical experience, broadly articulating the triumphs and travails, the emerging growth and diversity of the Nation, and defines a healthy sense of what is good about patriotism. This recording brings together a splendid tapestry of music from the Franco-Belgian tradition, including traditional Gregorian chant, monody from the Notre Dame Conductus which flourished in Paris circa 1200, and the medieval "Messe de Tournai." This music is paired with the excerpts from the Pentecost Mass for organ by Olivier Messiaen, the 20th century Roman Catholic mystic; also Messiaen's choral motet, "O Sacrum Convivium," and music from the Cathedral's 53-bell carillon. Recorded live in Washington National Cathedral, with the Washington National Cathedral Choir (boys, girls and men) and period instrument orchestra.