David Bednall - Composer, Organist and Pianist


Stabat Mater (Regent Records)

This fourth release on Regent entirely devoted to compositions by David Bednall is the first recording of his Stabat Mater and Ave Maria, both commissioned by Beneden Chapel Choir, and his Marian Suite for solo Violin and Organ, written especially for this recording.

Stabat Mater

Welcome All Wonders - A Christmas Cantata (Signum Records)

David Bednall's new CD, Welcome All Wonders - A Christmas Cantata, is released on 29th July 2013 on Signum Records. The 78-minute work has been recorded by Owen Rees and The Choir of the Queen's College, Oxford, who commissioned the piece. The 15 movements set beautiful texts in Latin and English, including poetry by Milton, Pope, and Longfellow. Highlights include the thrilling Tribus miraculis ornatum, the beautiful But peaceful was the night, and the triumphant final movement, setting words from St John's Gospel alongside the joyous Hodie. The work will be published by Faber Music later this year.

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Flame Celestial (Regent Records)

Following the unanimous critical acclaim for Hail, gladdening light, Regent Records has just released a second disc of David Bednall's choral music from Wells Cathedral Choir and Matthew Owens.

The disc - Flame Celestial - includes the remaining four canticles from The Wells Service, the large-scale Missa Sancti Pauli commissioned by St Paul's Cathedral and a number of other shorter anthems.

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Requiem (Regent Records)

David Bednall's Requiem for Upper Voices, Organ and Viola. This work was commissioned and premiered by The Chamber Choir of St Mary's, Calne and their director Edward Whiting and the viola was played by internationally renowned soloist Philip Dukes. This recording features the same artists with the composer on organ.

The disc also contains premiere recordings of 3 anthems for upper voices - Salvator mundi, Let all the world and O come let us sing

Hail Gladdening Light (Regent Records)

A collection of his approachable and spectacular choral works. Performed by Wells Cathedral Choir - one of England’s finest Cathedral choirs. Includes The Wells Service and The Gloucester Service.

In-depth feature on David Bednall’s music in Choir and Organ Magazine Jan/Feb 07 issue to coincide with the release of this disc.

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Christmas from Wells (Regent Records)

A beautiful selection of Christmas music sung by the Choir of Wells Cathedral with Matthew Owens (Director) and David Bednall (Organ). Includes first recordings of The Lord of all - Walker and Antiphon to Mary - Athanasiadis. Also includes The Twelve Days of Christmas and Toccata-Prelude: 'Vom Himmel hoch' - Edmundson.

Sounds Spontaneous (Lammas Records)

Improvisations through the Church’s year with Malcolm Archer 18 improvisations through the liturgical calendar including many based on Gregorian chant recorded in the stunning acoustic of Blackburn Cathedral.

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Sounds Parisian (Lammas Records)

Exciting French music played on the matchless Blackburn Cathedral Organ. Includes Messe Basse pour les défunts – Vierne, Apparition de l’Église eternelle – Messiaen and Le Tombeau d’Olivier Messiaen and Vexilla Regis Prodeunt by David’s teacher, Dr. Naji Hakim.

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Songs by Michael Head and Friends (Lammas Records)

Recorded with the acclaimed tenor Richard Rowntree this presents a large selection of Head’s songs including the cycle The Rim of the Moon. It also features songs by Howells, Gurney and Bednall.

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Shropshire Lads (Dunelm Records)

A moving recital of settings of Housman’s given with the renowned baritone Stephen Foulkes. Recorded live at a recital in the Holburne Museum, Bath for the English Poetry and Song Society.

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Geoffrey Burgon – Choral Music (Hyperion)

A selection of Burgon’s choral music including the famous Nunc Dimittis recorded in the presence of the composer. Wells Cathedral Choir with Matthew Owens (Director) and David Bednall (Organ).

Francis Jackson – Sacred Choral Works (Delphian Records)

Eleven works recorded for the first time in the presence of the composer. The Exon Singers with Matthew Owens (Director) and David Bednall (Organ).

I heard an Angel sing (Herald)

Beautiful music for Christmas sung by the Girl Choristers of Wells Cathedral with Rupert Gough (Director) and David Bednall (Organ and Piano). Includes familiar pieces and little-known gems.

Music of Percy Buck (Priory Records)

A selection of choral music by Percy Buck performed by the Sheldon Consort directed by Rupert Gough.

Archer – Cathedral Music (Lammas Records)

A collection of some of Malcolm Archer’s finest music with Wells Cathedral Choir and Rupert Gough (organ). Includes The Wells Service and The Clifton Service and featuring David Bednall on A Hymn to Wisdom.

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Comfort and Joy (Lammas Records)

Music for Christmas recorded by the St Cecilia Singers with Ian Ball (Director) and David Bednall (Piano and Organ) in the unique acoustic of Gloucester Cathedral. Includes the world premiere recording of Magnificat by Ian Ball.

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