of St Matthew’s Church was pleased to release in April
2015 its CD O How Glorious, recorded at the
church in 2014.
The Choir consists of mixed boy and girl
choristers aged between eight and eighteen who attend
schools all over Northamptonshire and are supported by a
dedicated back row of men and women of all ages. This is
the second CD recorded by the Choir in as many years and
represents a point of significant strength in the recent
history of music-making at the church.
O How Glorious contains works from the choir’s
repertoire and which are sung at various points
throughout the liturgical calendar. All of the works are
from British-born composers; alongside well-known names
such as Herbert Howells, Edward Bairstow and Charles
Villiers Stanford are the more contemporary John Rutter,
Bob Chilcott and Grayston Ives. The disc also features
three compositions commissioned by St Matthew’s since
2009, here receiving their premiere recordings. Works
written for the Choir of St Matthew’s by the composers
David Bednall, David Halls and Philip Stopford are
further evidence of a vibrant and forward looking
tradition of commissioning and high quality music-making
at the church.
The St Matthew’s Choir was conducted by the then St
Matthew’s Director of Music, Stephen Moore, with Thomas
Moore, Director of Music at Wakefield Cathedral,
accompanying on the fine renowned 1895 Walker Organ.
The CD, which is priced at £10 per copy, is available at
the church at services, all concerts and recitals.
Further information can be obtained from St Matthew’s
Director of Music, through St Matthew’s
Parish Office, 27a The Drive, Kingsley, Northampton NN1
4RY, by telephoning
or by emailing
A preview of the CD, part of Philip Stopford’s O How
Glorious is the Kingdom is available to view below.