“One way or another, this is music that choral musicians have to know and understand just as a writer has to know the alphabet.”
— James Whitbourn
Laudate is a collection of chants presented so all musicians—not only liturgists or specialist singers—can explore a repertory so rich and extraordinary that it has dominated and influenced musical composition for centuries, even to the present day.
Laudate is the companion volume to an important new pedagogical study of chant and its uses in teaching and performance, Discovering Chant, by Grammy-nominated Conductor James Jordan. Dr. Jordan is Professor of Conducting and Senior Conductor at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. He is conductor of The Westminster Schola Cantorum and the Westminster Williamson Voices. James Whitbourn is a composer and an Honorary Research Fellow of St Stephen’s House, Oxford.
Isabella Burns is a member of the internationally acclaimed Westminster Williamson Voices, conducted by James Jordan.
The Westminster Williamson Voices sing chants from Discovering Chant / Laudate. This project is designed to develop musicianship through chant. Make note: This choir of 50 is singing without a conductor!