The choir of St Mary’s church has made an exciting recording including world premieres by Swiss organist and composer Lionel Rogg
The choir of St Mary’s spent a weekend in July recording a number of sacred choral pieces to be released in future on CD. Appropriately, the majority of the pieces are dedicated to the Mother of Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The recording features works from a wide range of eras and styles, ranging from 16th century Franco-Flemish composer Orlande de Lassus to contemporary Polish composer Paweł Łukaszewski. Most intriguing, however, is likely to be three pieces by organist and composer Lionel Rogg. Rogg, born in Geneva in 1936, is an acclaimed organist and a prolific recording artist. Whilst at the Geneva Conservatoire, John Keys, director of music at St Mary’s, was tutored by Rogg. The pieces by Rogg have never been recorded before which should make the completed disc particularly noteworthy.
The recording was made at Worksop College and produced by Regent Records, one of the UK’s foremost choral and organ labels. The completed disc will be available for sale at a later date.