for SATB accompanied and unaccompanied
This anthology of nine anthems by William Mathias (1934-1992) celebrates the eightieth anniversary of the composer's birth. Ideal for church and concert choirs, it includes a variety of sacred works from throughout Mathias's career, each demonstrating an aspect of his unique compositional voice-from the lively 'Alleluya Psallat' to the peaceful 'As truly as God is our Father'. Alongside more established anthems, the collection reintroduces a number of lesser-known works into the choral
repertoire, making it a must for all admirers of Mathias's choral music.
William Mathias was born in Whitland, Dyfed. He studied at the University College of Wales, and subsequently at the Royal Academy of Music. From 1970-1988 he was Head of the Music Department at the University College of North Wales, Bangor. Mathias' musical language embraced both instrumental and vocal forms with equal success, and he addressed a large and varied audience both in Britain and abroad. He was also known as a conductor and pianist, and gave or directed many premieres of his own works. He was made CBE in the 1985 New Year's Honours. In 1992, the year of his death, Nimbus Records embarked upon a series of recordings of his major works.
Alleluya psallat (Sing Alleluya) ; All thy works shall praise thee ; Arise, shine, for your light has come ; As truly as God is our Father ; Lift up your heads, O ye gates ; O how amiable ; Salve Regina (Hail, Queen) ; The law of the Lord: an introit ; The Lord's Prayer