Fair Albion CD


Fair Albion: Visions of England speaks of Patrick’s love for his country and its heritage.  A collection of works for different choral and instrumental forces bringing together some of the nation’s most loved performers including Elin Manahan Thomas and Julian Lloyd Webber.

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The following text is taken from Patrick’s sleeve notes for the Angel album:

“The inspiration for my music stems from three essential areas – my Creator, my loved ones, and my country.  Being English opens the door to a wonderfully rich heritage, a fascinating history, beautiful architecture and stunning landscapes and seascapes.  Furthermore, I am instilled with a sense of pride and patriotism which resonates from our forefathers and their efforts to defend our island and the precepts which have made it ‘great’.  It is difficult to analyse those features which have given rise to Englishness in the styles of our great composers – Purcell, Walton, Elgar and Vaughan Williams for instance.  It certainly has something to do with a sense of majesty and a striving for things spiritual and noble.  Our open and honest countryside provides a pastoral inspiration and, just as important, our parishes churches stand tall and proud in every village in the land.  They have been and still long to be the life-blood of our communities and are perhaps underestimated in the influence they have worked on the English spirit.

The pieces on this album are all visions of England in that they either aim to portray a certain building or scene, or else they speak of a more general reverence for the country and its heritage.”


1. The Call (2.32)
2. Reflexionem (3.47)
3. Ascension (3.10)
4. Fair Albion (4.15)
5. A Birthday (3.03)

Three Broadland Preludes
6. Ranworth (3.23)
7. Fenside (3.30)
8. Remembrance (3.33)

9. Requiem Aeternam (4.51)
10. Gloriette (6.28)
11. How Hill (5.04)
12. Cantate Domino (4.02)
13. After the Rain (3.02)
14. The Darkling Thrush (5.08)
15. Quanta Qualia (4.34)

[Total duration: 60.21]

Release date: 19 October 2009

Patrick Hawes composer & conductor

Julian Lloyd Webber cello
Elin Manahan Thomas soprano
Claire Jones harp
David Stout baritone
The Duke Quartet
The Raven Quartet
Christian Forshaw
The Brno Chamber Orchestra and Choir

The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

Tracks 1-3, 5-8, 10 & 11
Alexander Van Ingen producer & editor
Nick Taylor recording engineer
Tom Bullen recording assistant
Mike Hatch mixing
Recorded at Air Edel Studios, London (UK), June 2009

Track 4
Stephen Cole producer
John Timperley recording engineer
Recorded at Smecky Studios, Prague, March 2002

Track 12
Richard Sutcliffe & Christian Forshaw producers, engineers & editors
Recorded at St Michael’s Church, Highgate , London (UK) and Integra Studios, Sandy, (UK), September 2006

Track 13
John Boughtwood & Chris Craker producers
Simon Harem mixing, editing and mastering
Recorded at Angel Studios, London, November 2005

Track 14
Alexander Van Ingen producer, engineer & editor
Mike Hatch mixing
Recorded at the Music Room, Champs Hill, Sussex (UK), July 2009

Tracks 9 & 15
Trevor Jenkins producer
Jaroslav Zouhar recording engineer
Alexander Van Ingen editor
Mike Hatch mixing
Recorded at Besedni Dum, Brno, Czech Republic, March 2008

Signum Records record label

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