Bright Star

Our latest CD – “Bright Star – Cadenza at Christmas” – is available to buy now!  You can chose to have a physical CD sent to you through the post, or download a digital copy through one of our online distribution partners.  Also, you can listen to an excerpt of each track online at our partners too – these are listed below.

Physical CD by Post

Only £10

£2.00 P&P (covers up to 4 CDs)

…or buy 5 CDs and we’ll pay the postage – just change the quantity to 5 during checkout

Please Contact Us for international orders.

Online Distributors & Samples

Bright Star marks Cadenza’s first foray into digital distribution, and we’re very pleased with the results.

The album is listed on several sites throughout the world (with the exception of USA & Canada due to the very complicated royalty systems they operate there) and hopefully you’ll be able to find one close to you.  Some retailers let you buy individual tracks as well as the whole album, but this is entirely at the control of those vendors. You can listen to samples from Spotify here:

The links below are intended to direct you to the UK sites of the various stores if they exist, but hopefully our overseas visitors will be able to find a local stockist too.  If you do find us listed elsewhere, or have any other feedback, we’d be delighted to hear from you via our Contact page.

CD Details

Jenny SumerlingMusical Director
Morley WhiteheadOrgan/Piano
David GoodenoughProducer
Adam BinksProducer & Editor

The 22 tracks were recorded during the last weekend of February 2012, in the fabulous acoustic of St Cuthbert’s Parish Church in Edinburgh. Ten of these, including the title track Bright Star – written specially for Cadenza by our patron, Ben Parry, are world première recordings, with one more receiving its first commercial recording. Cadenza premièred all the finalists in Waverley Care’s international Christmas Carol Writing Competition in 2010, and we are delighted to have been able to include four of these on the CD.

You can also find details of Cadenza’s two previous CDs by clicking above

“Bright Star” is a unique collection of contemporary (20th and 21st century) Christmas carols, the majority of which have a Scottish connection, in being either written or arranged by composers who are Scottish or are based in Scotland. As far as we are aware, there is no other CD on the market devoted to contemporary Christmas music from Scotland. Not all the carols will be new or unfamiliar, though the arrangements of some of the better known ones might be. Musical Director, Jenny Sumerling, has selected a variety of choral textures – multi-part (not just SATB!), unison and ladies only. They also include a mix of accompanied (by piano and organ) and a cappella carols.

Not all the composers will be unfamiliar either. They include Ken Johnston, whose “O Columba” and “Song for St Cecilia” were included in Cadenza’s last CD, “Voices of Joy”, Malcolm Archer (Tomorrow shall be my dancing day), Elizabeth Poston (Balulalow), Alan Bullard (the lovely Scots Nativity) and Kenneth Leighton (a hauntingly beautiful arrangement of the Coventry Carol), to name only a few.

The CD has been very warmly received by choral directors, composers, arrangers and audiences.  Their verdicts can be found in our news post from 31st October. You can also read about the review by Phillip Sommerich in the 1st December issue of Classical Music Magazine and the full review on our Reviews page.

Track Listing

See below for a complete track listing of Bright Star.  Samples are available to listen to via iTunes or Amazon.

1.Tomorrow shall be my Dancing DayEnglish trad. arr. Malcolm Archer
2.Bright StarBen Parry
3.Behold the Great CreatorJohn Lawson Baker
4.Scots NativityAlan Bullard
5.Coventry Carolarr. Kenneth Leighton
6.Sing NowellGraham Morrison
7.Christmas HymnKen Johnston
8.This Endris NightStef Conner
9.BalulalowTrad. Scots arr. Elizabeth Poston
10.The Virgin’s SongHermione Roff
11.Gold for a Manger BedMalcolm Archer
12.Silent Nightarr. Stephen Paulus
13.We Three Kingsarr. Ralph Allwood
14.Hodie Christus Natus EstAndrew Carter
15.Lute Book LullabyRory Boyle
16.Carol for TodayClaire Liddell
17.The BirdsHarold Spicer
18.There’s a Song in the AirJohn Hearne
19.There is No RoseThomas Wilson
20.Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungenMichael Praetorius, arr. Jan Sandstrom
21.Taladh ChriostaJohn Hearne
22.Ding! Dong! Merrily on Higharr. Mack Wilberg

Sponsor: Cadenza would like to thank Wolfson Microelectronics for their support with this project.