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Gary Davison

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Wells Cathedral

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Wells Cathedral

West Cloister

Wells, Somerset,BA5 2PA

United Kingdom

Company Description

The Friends of Wells Cathedral were founded in 1933 and there are now Friends across the globe. The Friends support the Chapter of Wells in the of maintenance of the fabric, life and work of the Cathedral. The Friends have contributed to projects big and small...more

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Employment History

The Episcopal Church


Little Bear Press


Organist and Choirmaster

St. Francis Episcopal Church


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THE ARMOUR OF LIGHT

www.regent-records.co.uk [cached]

THE CHORAL MUSIC OF GARY DAVISON
Steeped in the rich Anglican choral tradition, American composer, Gary Davison, is one of the US's leading composers of sacred choral music. He brings a deep love of this heritage to all of his writing. Through the lens of the post-modern era, he embraces many of the modal and tonal techniques of Western music to inform his own artistry. Performers and audiences alike admire his compositional style for its idiomatic expression and freshness of voice. Critical acclaim supports this esteem with such descriptions of his work as "persuasive ... imaginative and polished ... sumptuous and engaging" (The Washington Post); "seductive and spirited ... smooth, flexible and clear, allowing the music to shine from within" (Hamburger Abendblatt, Germany); as well as "breathtaking and exquisite ... exactly the kind of rewarding challenge singers love best. The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians. 'Gary Davison is an American composer influenced by that tradition (the Anglican choral tradition)-in particular, the choral tradition at Wells Cathedral. The choir is a blend of girls, countertenors, tenors, and basses; it performs this music in an exemplary manner. Sonics are good on all these releases.' American Record Guide November 2015 Gary Davison is Organist and Choirmaster of Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac, Maryland, and maintains an active schedule as a solo and collaborative keyboard artist, and particularly enjoys a close musical relationship as a composer with Wells Cathedral. This is the first recoding entirely devoted to Gary Davison's choral music, and is sung by the renowned choir of Wells Cathedral, conducted by Matthew Owens. Davison is a choirmaster himself, and it shows in the user-friendliness of his writing: the glowing harmonies and grateful melodies of My Song Shall be Always are clearly relished by the girl choristers in particular. The moody chiaroscuro of Davison's Te Deum, and its moments of surging drama, arc impressively projected, and the Nunc dimittis from Palace Garden Canticles, with ringing trumpet, burgeons thrillingly.


Recordings - Wells Cathedral

www.wellscathedral.org.uk [cached]

The Armour of Light: The Choral Music of Gary Davison
Wells Cathedral Choir


CD Reviews - Wells Cathedral

www.wellscathedral.org.uk [cached]

The Armour of Light: The choral music of Gary Davison
Gary Davison is organist and choirmaster of Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac, Maryland, and maintains an active schedule as a solo and collaborative keyboard artist and particularly enjoys a close musical relationship as a composer with Wells Cathedral. This association would be no bad thing for any composer for under organist and Master of Choristers Matthew Owens Wells Cathedral Choir has become one of the finest in the world. This CD is the first recording entirely devoted to Gary Davison's choral music and all the works are receiving their first commercial recording. As a listener I enjoy a good tune and Davison delivers and as a member of a choir (albeit not one of the standard of Wells Cathedral) I am always listening for material I can recommend and again this CD fits the bill. Davison knows his history and is able to make his contemporary work sit securely within the Anglican choral tradition. The American composer, Gary Davison is someone who is clearly steeped in the Anglican/Episcopal musical tradition, not just as a composer but also as an active executant. He's been Organist and Choirmaster of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac, Maryland for some years. The roots of this present disc lie in a sabbatical period that he spent in the UK in 2006 during which he went to hear a number of cathedral and collegiate choirs sing services. One stop on his journey was in Wells where, he says, he found a particularly warm welcome. I don't know if Davison also wrote a 'Mag' and 'Nunc'. The Te Deum and Jubilate are for men's voices with organ. The Te Deum mixes sections of strong music with more reflective passages. I like the way that Davison brings the piece to a subdued close with solo voices, reminding us that the final lines of the hymn are short prayers of intercession. . The Jubilate is, for the most part, a robust setting. Also written for Wells was Glory to thee, my God, this night. In fact this was the first piece that Davison composed for the choir and fittingly he selected familiar words by Thomas Ken (1637-1711), who was Bishop of Bath and Wells from 1685 to 1691. The piece is mainly tranquil and Davison is careful to avoid making the piece a simple strophic setting. Davison also celebrates his connection to St. Francis Episcopal Church in this programme. Steeped in the rich Anglican choral tradition, American composer, Gary Davison, is one of the US's leading composers of sacred choral music. He brings a deep love of this heritage to all of his writing. Through the lens of the post-modern era, he embraces many of the modal and tonal techniques of Western music to inform his own artistry. Performers and audiences alike admire his compositional style for its idiomatic expression and freshness of voice. Critical acclaim supports this esteem with such descriptions of his work as "persuasive ... imaginative and polished ... sumptuous and engaging" (The Washington Post); "seductive and spirited ... smooth, flexible and clear, allowing the music to shine from within" (Hamburger Abendblatt, Germany); as well as "breathtaking and exquisite ... exactly the kind of rewarding challenge singers love best. (The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians) Gary Davison is Organist and Choirmaster of Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac, Maryland, and maintains an active schedule as a solo and collaborative keyboard artist, and particularly enjoys a close musical relationship as a composer with Wells Cathedral. This is the first recoding entirely devoted to Gary Davison's choral music, and is sung by the renowned choir of Wells Cathedral, conducted by Matthew Owens. Davison is a choirmaster himself, and it shows in the user-friendliness of his writing: the glowing harmonies and grateful melodies of My Song Shall be Always are clearly relished by the girl choristers in particular. The moody chiaroscuro of Davison's Te Deum, and its moments of surging drama, arc impressively projected, and the Nunc dimittis from Palace Garden Canticles, with ringing trumpet, burgeons thrillingly. This latest CD release from Wells Cathedral Choir is of the American composer Gary Davison's choral music. Steeped in the rich Anglican choral tradition, he is one of the US's leading composers of sacred choral music. By contrast, the Magnificat of the Palace Carden Canticles for mixed choir, trumpet and organ starts serenely with a trumpet used in similar vein to Jan Garbarek's saxophone with The Hilliard Ensemble; but the mood changes quickly, Davison concentrating on the severity of this text and giving the trumpet a dramatic line in a fine piece of writing.


Recordings - Wells Cathedral

www.wellscathedral.org.uk [cached]

The Armour of Light: The Choral Music of Gary Davison
Wells Cathedral Choir


CD Reviews - Wells Cathedral

www.wellscathedral.org.uk [cached]

The Armour of Light: The choral music of Gary Davison
Gary Davison is organist and choirmaster of Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac, Maryland, and maintains an active schedule as a solo and collaborative keyboard artist and particularly enjoys a close musical relationship as a composer with Wells Cathedral. This association would be no bad thing for any composer for under organist and Master of Choristers Matthew Owens Wells Cathedral Choir has become one of the finest in the world. This CD is the first recording entirely devoted to Gary Davison's choral music and all the works are receiving their first commercial recording. As a listener I enjoy a good tune and Davison delivers and as a member of a choir (albeit not one of the standard of Wells Cathedral) I am always listening for material I can recommend and again this CD fits the bill. Davison knows his history and is able to make his contemporary work sit securely within the Anglican choral tradition. The American composer, Gary Davison is someone who is clearly steeped in the Anglican/Episcopal musical tradition, not just as a composer but also as an active executant. He's been Organist and Choirmaster of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac, Maryland for some years. The roots of this present disc lie in a sabbatical period that he spent in the UK in 2006 during which he went to hear a number of cathedral and collegiate choirs sing services. One stop on his journey was in Wells where, he says, he found a particularly warm welcome. I don't know if Davison also wrote a 'Mag' and 'Nunc'. The Te Deum and Jubilate are for men's voices with organ. The Te Deum mixes sections of strong music with more reflective passages. I like the way that Davison brings the piece to a subdued close with solo voices, reminding us that the final lines of the hymn are short prayers of intercession. . The Jubilate is, for the most part, a robust setting. Also written for Wells was Glory to thee, my God, this night. In fact this was the first piece that Davison composed for the choir and fittingly he selected familiar words by Thomas Ken (1637-1711), who was Bishop of Bath and Wells from 1685 to 1691. The piece is mainly tranquil and Davison is careful to avoid making the piece a simple strophic setting. Davison also celebrates his connection to St. Francis Episcopal Church in this programme. Steeped in the rich Anglican choral tradition, American composer, Gary Davison, is one of the US's leading composers of sacred choral music. He brings a deep love of this heritage to all of his writing. Through the lens of the post-modern era, he embraces many of the modal and tonal techniques of Western music to inform his own artistry. Performers and audiences alike admire his compositional style for its idiomatic expression and freshness of voice. Critical acclaim supports this esteem with such descriptions of his work as "persuasive ... imaginative and polished ... sumptuous and engaging" (The Washington Post); "seductive and spirited ... smooth, flexible and clear, allowing the music to shine from within" (Hamburger Abendblatt, Germany); as well as "breathtaking and exquisite ... exactly the kind of rewarding challenge singers love best. (The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians) Gary Davison is Organist and Choirmaster of Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac, Maryland, and maintains an active schedule as a solo and collaborative keyboard artist, and particularly enjoys a close musical relationship as a composer with Wells Cathedral. This is the first recoding entirely devoted to Gary Davison's choral music, and is sung by the renowned choir of Wells Cathedral, conducted by Matthew Owens. Davison is a choirmaster himself, and it shows in the user-friendliness of his writing: the glowing harmonies and grateful melodies of My Song Shall be Always are clearly relished by the girl choristers in particular. The moody chiaroscuro of Davison's Te Deum, and its moments of surging drama, arc impressively projected, and the Nunc dimittis from Palace Garden Canticles, with ringing trumpet, burgeons thrillingly. This latest CD release from Wells Cathedral Choir is of the American composer Gary Davison's choral music. Steeped in the rich Anglican choral tradition, he is one of the US's leading composers of sacred choral music. By contrast, the Magnificat of the Palace Carden Canticles for mixed choir, trumpet and organ starts serenely with a trumpet used in similar vein to Jan Garbarek's saxophone with The Hilliard Ensemble; but the mood changes quickly, Davison concentrating on the severity of this text and giving the trumpet a dramatic line in a fine piece of writing.


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