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Whilst it has appeared many times on Radio and once on TV, the Chester Festival Chorus only appears on one CD, but an excellent one it is.  In 1992, to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the founding of the building that became Chester Cathedral, Cheshire County Council comissioned the composer John Tavener to write a work for the Festival Chorus.  It ended up being something far bigger than that, 'We Shall See Him As He Is', a work for two large choirs, a chamber choir and three soloists, that revisited several episodes in the life of Christ in the form of a number of musical 'ikons'.  The first performance was given in Chester Cathedral in July 1992 by the Chester Festival Chorus, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and its Chorus, the Britten Singers, soloists Patricia Rozario, John Mark Ainsley and Andrew Murgatroyd, conducted by Richard Hickox.  The performance was repeated a few days later at the BBC Proms and this was recorded for posterity by Chandos Records, to much critical acclaim when it was released.

It has recently been re-released by Chandos as part of the 'Hickox Legacy' series commemorating the late conductor, who sadly died in 2008 and who was of course in 1992 the Artistic Director of the Chester Summer Music Festival.  To obtain the recording via Amazon click here.

© Chris Green 2017