Lockdown Recordings


Members of our choir have been working hard recording a varied repertoire, at a rate of one every 2 to 3 weeks, ever since the first lockdown last Spring. The mastermind behind all this has been Dr Geoffrey Cloke, whose unstinting work mixing our individual efforts has made all this possible. As a result we still have a choir who will still be able to sing together when the restrictions are finally lifted.

Geoff has now compiled a CD of the whole series. Many of the pieces are old favourites like Panis Angelicus, O Thou the central orb and The strife is o'er. Some are new additions to the repertoire, including a couple of pieces which were recorded within a few days of their composition, including my carol Nowel, nowel! and an Easter antiphon, Faith, hope and charity. Two of Geoff's pieces are also included. The final effort was a rousing hymn, There's a wideness in God's mercy to a tune written by Maurice Bevan, born 100 years ago this year. Many of these have been used in Fr Philip's filmed masses or added to the newsletters but we thought people might like to have a more permanent record of the project and we wanted to collect some much needed money to support St Margaret's ailing finances, so a contribution of at least £10 will be requested if you would like a copy. Do ask in church on Sundays, or email me at