Music and the choir at St Alfege

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For musicians and music lovers, the church of St Alfege has long been revered as the burial place of Thomas Tallis, the Father of English Church Music. At the Chapel Royal, he served under no less than four monarchs - from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I - composing, teaching, and bringing up to music younger generations. To this day, Greenwich's parish church, St Alfege, has maintained a fine reputation for cathedral standard music-making in the great tradition of the Church of England founded by Henry himself.

The present church choir at St Alfege numbers about 30 - children, men and women - who are currently brought up to music by Stephen Dagg, Director of Music (also Director of the Centre for Young Musicians, a division of the Guildhall School, and the London Schools Symphony Orchestra).

 

Stephen Dagg, Director of Music at St Alfege Church

The sound clips below are taken from Live in Concert, recorded by the choir of St Alfege at L'Abbatiale St Volusien on 25 August 2002. Copies of the CD can be bought from St Alfege, price 10.00 plus postage and packing.

Sanctus, from Josef Rheinberger Mass in Eb 
Psalm 23, from Herbert Howells Requiem 
Haec Dies, by Herbert Howells

 

The organ at St Alfege


The recital organ now installed at St Alfege was built first (by Lewis & Co in 1891) for Eton College Lower Chapel.

Hunter rebuilt the organ in the original case after WWI, and this survived until a further rebuild by Harrison & Harrison Limited in 1970 when a new Positive organ was added to the enclosed Choir organ.

In 2000, it was moved to St Alfege and dedicated on Sunday 8 October 2000.

SPECIFICATION
Pedal   �� �� Choir �� ��
Sub Bass 32 Open Flute 8 ��
Open Diapason 16 A Viola da Gamba 8 ��
Open Metal 16 B Celestes 8 ��
Bourdon 16 C Echo Dulciana 8 ��
Octave 8 A Unda Maris 8 ��
Flute 8 C Flaute Dolce 4 ��
Quint 1/3 C Clarinet 8 ��
Fifteenth 4 A Orchestral Oboe 8 ��
Octave Flute 4 C Tromba 8 G
Mixture III �� Tuba 8 E
Ophicleide 16 E Tremulant �� ��
Fagotto 16 F �� �� ��
Trombone 8 E �� �� ��
Tromba 4 E �� �� ��
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Positive �� �� Great �� ��
Gedackt 8 �� Double Diapason 16 B
Gemshorn 4 �� Open Diapason I 8
Nazard 2/3 �� Open Diapason II 8
Open Flute 2 �� Open Diapason III 8
Tierce 3/5 �� Stopped Diapason 8 ��
Cimbel III �� Dulciana 8 ��
�� �� �� Principal 4 ��
�� �� �� Hohl Flute 4 ��
�� �� �� Twelfth 2/3 ��
�� �� �� Fifteenth 2 ��
�� �� �� Mixture IV ��
�� �� �� Tromba 8 G
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Swell �� �� ��
Open Diapason 8 ��
Rohr Flute 8 ��
Salicional 8 ��
Vox Angelica 8 TC
Principal 4 ��
Lieblich Flute 4 ��
Flautina 2 ��
Mixture V ��
Contra Fagotto 16 F
Trumpet 8 ��
Clarion 4 ��
Tremulant �� ��

 

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