O Sing Unto the Lord

From the author of Christmas Carols comes a new guide to English Church Music, O Sing Unto the Lord.

Andrew Gant’s compelling account traces English church music from Anglo-Saxon origins to the present. Along the way we encounter the people who made, sang and listened to it and discover the role church music has played in ordinary lives.

We learn why church music remains so popular and frequently tops the classical charts – and why the BBC’s Choral Evensong remains the longest-running radio series ever. We follow its history from the mysteries of the Mass to the elegant decorum of the Restoration anthem, from stern Puritanism to Victorian bombast, to the fractured worlds of the 20th century as heard in the music of Vaughan Williams and Britten.

Out now in hardback, beautifully finished in gold leaf, this is a fascinating read and makes a perfect present.

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