Shackleton's Cross was inspired by a painting created in 1957 by the English artist Edward Seago (1910-1974). The title refers to a cross which was erected to the memory of Sir Ernest Shackleton, who led a number of explorations to the Antarctic. Shackleton died in 1922 whilst on a Polar expedition, and the cross can be found on a promontory at the entrance to the bay at Grytviken Whaling Station in South Georgia. The painting is owned by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, and was part of an exhibition at Buckingham Palace from October 2011 to April 2012. Originally scored for oboe, trumpet and small orchestra, Daniel Hall's sensitive arrangement for trumpet or cornet and brass band follows the composer's alternative version for solo trumpet and organ, created for Crispian Steele-Perkins (trumpet) and David Goode (organ).
Howard Goodall is an EMMY, BRIT, Gramophone and BAFTA award-winning composer of choral music, stage musicals, film and TV scores, a highly respected broadcaster and an energetic campaigner for music education. In January 2007 he was appointed as England's first ever National Ambassador for Singing. His settings of Psalm 23 and Love Divine are amongst the most performed of all sacred music in the UK and have featured on numerous platinum-selling CDs. His Eternal Light: A Requiem earned him a Classical BRIT award for Composer of the Year. He is also Composer-in-Residence for Classic FM (the UK's biggest commercial radio station) and has released four best-selling choral discs for the station: Enchanted Voices, Enchanted Carols,Pelican in the Wilderness and Inspired. - See more at: http://www.fabermusic.com/composers/howard-goodall#sthash.9WsxXwPp.dpuf