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University of St Andrews to launch record label

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The Sanctiandree label will profile St Salvator’s Chapel Choir under the direction of University Organist Tom Wilkinson.

Sanctiandree takes its name from a document dating from the earliest days of the University, which indicates that students, described as “Choristi Sanctiandree”, sang at services.

“I am absolutely delighted to be launching the label with a fantastic CD entitled Salvator Mundi – The Purcell Legacy recorded last year by St Salvator’s Chapel Choir and the Fitzwilliam String Quartet,” said Tom Wilkinson.

“The quartet is superb, and the chapel choir and I are greatly looking forward to performing with them again at the launch concert.

“The CD begins with a wonderful work by Pelham Humfrey, a teacher of Henry Purcell, and charts a history of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century composers associated with the Chapel Royal.  It finishes with the world premiere recording of a work by William Jackson of Exeter, which I discovered in the University Special Collections last year.”

The first CD under the new label is due for release on April 20.

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NOTES TO NEWS EDITORS

Photo credit: Oli Walker.

 

The Santiandree label will officially launch with a free concert at St Salvator’s Chapel on April 12 as part of the “On the Rocks” student arts festival.

Tom Wilkinson is available for interview. Photos of Tom and the choir are available. Contact Corporate Communications.

Issued by the University of St Andrews Communications Office, contactable on 01334 467310 or proffice@st-andrews.ac.uk.

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