The Salutation Ringtone

That's right - it's finally here. The Christmas accessory you didn't know you wanted, and possibly still don't.  Still, it's here and it's ready to celebrate. Fire this bad boy up into your Morse machine and it'll alert you with a merry blast of "Nowell, nowell"... The perfect interruption to a peaceful journey in the Quiet Coach or that lovely genteel pub lunch with your grandparents. "Nowell, nowell"... It'll blow your brains off. And probably make you answer the phone with all possible haste.

Oh and it's free like. 

Follow the links to download:

the MP3 version (should work on all modern phones)

the M4A version (I don't know how this differs from the above)

the M4R version (if you have an iPhone, you'll want this version)

If you're not flash at installing them, this search should help.

Enjoy "ringing in" Christmas in style! And follow this link for the lowdown on SALUTATION.

SALUTATION, our first record

We are proud to present our first recording, SALUTATION!

SALUTATION tells the Christmas story through six beautiful carols, leading us on a midwinter’s journey from longing expectation to joyful birth.

The ancient Advent Antiphons, dating from at least the sixth century, bid the long-awaited Jesus come to save us. To a lilting Basque tune The Angel Gabriel announces to Mary and to the world the good news of her conception. Shepherds and villagers run through the fields calling out with joy in the title track, Salutation. We reflect further on the meaning of the Angel’s message in the well-loved Herefordshire song The Truth from Above, made famous by Vaughan Williams. In the perennial classic Away in a Manger we regard the new-born baby on Christmas night as the world sleeps. And with the lusty Sussex Carol we join together to celebrate the festive season with joy!

SALUTATION is sung without instrumental accompaniment, the singers’ pure voices filling the beautiful echoing space of Holy Trinity Church, Millhouses, Sheffield.

How can I get my hands on it?

Visit our Bandcamp site, where you can read my highly fascinating and witty commentaries on the pieces, oh and also buy the thing as well (CDs and downloads) 

Or, come to hear us live and get scrawly signatures all over your discs for free! (This won't work for those of you who live in Korea or Siberia)

Also, the sheet music is available from our online store. The Songbook for Salutation contains all six pieces at a nicely discounted price...

In the meantime, keep up with us on Tweeter and Facepage for further treats and previews. And remember to share the news too!

Jeru--sa- l... ee... mmmmm

OK, so it is the SLOWEST performance known to man, but we had a wonderful time singing Jerusalem in the Cloisters of Wells Cathedral - which date from about 1480 (more info here). Ah sure, it's OK to indulge - we wrote it.

'God be in my head' in God's house

When some of us went with the Rivelin Singers to Wells Cathedral recently, we decided to take God be in my head with us, and this is what happened when we took it into the unutterably old and beautiful Chapter House one gorgeous sunny evening...

Some new songs

Three new live recordings of songs, taken from our performance at St Mark's on 12 May.

Early one morning: A song that my mother used to sing to me when I was approximately 3 days old, Early one morning just as the sun was rising, I heard a maiden singing in the valley below./.. a beautiful, simple song that is very moving and sad, especially when sung sadly by sad Tilly.

The Skye Boat Song: Scottish, like me, and timeless. Soaring Soloists Ben Rowe and Jess Brown.

Alleluia psallite: ancient English song of praise, making use of an organum-inspired compositional technique. Majestic solo from Joe Buckmaster - thank you sir!

And here we are in performance in the very special space that is St Mark's.