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Murray Forbes Somerville


Murray Somerville

The English choral conductor and organist, Murray Forbes Somerville, was born in London and raised in Rhodesia. He studied studied under Karl Richter in Munich, Germany, at the Oxford University (where he was Organ Scholar of New College, under Sir David Lumsden), under Robert Baker at the School of Sacred Music at Union Theological Seminary in New York, and at the New England Conservatory of Music.

Murray Forbes Somerville is noted as choral and orchestral conductor, organ recitalist on three continents, workshop leader and scholar. He served St. James's Church in West Hartford, Connecticut, and the Cathedral of St. Luke in Orlando, Florida, where he also founded the Orlando Deanery Boychoir. In 1990 he was appointed as the Harvard's sixth University Organist and Choirmaster, a post he held until 2003. In this post he presented regular recitals, directed the University Choir and played for services in Memorial Church.



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Harvard University Choir : Carols From The Yards : 1 CD : Murray Forbes Somerville :  : 49075

Harvard University Choir : Carols From The Yards

Review: The echoes of carols have been heard through Harvard Yard since 1910, when Archibald Davison, newly-appointed University Organist and Choirmaster, and Edward Moore, Prof. of Christian Morals, designed the order of service still used every year. Directed by Murray F. Somerville, and accompanied by The Bach Society Orchestra and an organist, there are 25 songs on "Carols," telling the story of Jesus' birth in song. Some favorites-"Adeste Fideles," Charles Calahan's "Come Rejoicing, Praises Voicing,," the spiritual "Mary Had A Baby," "In The Bleak Mid-Winter," "Sing Lullaby," "Jesus, Jesus, rest your head" and "Joy to the World." A beautifully sung and spoken Christmas story. Accompaniment on some songs.

Songlist: PreludeL In dulci jubilo, Introit: In dulci jubilo, Processional Hymn: Adeste Fideles, Sentences from Scripture and Invocation, The First lesson- Isaiah 35:1-10, Canite Tuba, Come rejoicing, praises voicing, Ein Kind is uns geboren, Hymn: Personent Hodie, The Second lesson- Luke 1:26-38, Ave Maria, Mary Had a Baby, Riu, Riu, Chiu, In the ending of the Year, The Third Lesson- Luke 2:1-20, In the bleak mid-winter, And all in the morning, Sing Lullaby, To us is born Immanuel, Jesus, Jesus, rest your head, Hymn: Silent Night, Prayers and the Lord's Prayer, Hymn: Joy to the world, Benediction and Choral Amen, Postlude: Paean on "Divinum Mysterium"

7336c 1 CD $15.98 Men's Choir Christmas

Harvard University Choir : Lo, There is Light! : 1 CD : Murray Forbes Somerville : 

Harvard University Choir : Lo, There is Light!

Review: The 43-strong Harvard University Choir is maintained by the University to sing great choral literature in the Memorial Church Sunday services, to perform in the annual Carol Services and concerts of major choral works. Recently the choir has toured to great acclaim in England and Germany. Here are 19 organ-accompanied sacred songs and hymns: "Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis," "The Lord Is My Light," "Shaker Hymn," "The Song of Deborah," "Jesus So Lowly," "Evening Hymn"... they're all lovely and perfectly performed. "Lo, there is light!" is an inspirational CD of great spiritual power and joy!

Songlist: Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, Lo, there is light, Amen 2, The Lord is my light, Lauds, Choral Response, Save Us, O Lord, Shaker Hymn, Ecce Sacerdos Magnus, Amen 4, The Song of Deborah, My Shepherd will supply my need, Exalt Yourself above the heavens, O God, Jesus, so lowly, Bring us, O Lord God, Amen 3, Ecce Jam Noctis, Evening Hymn, Amen, Opus 35

1706c 1 CD $14.98 Collegiate A Cappella

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