A Different Lore - The Antient Psalmody of Cumbria

by The Gladly Solemn Sound

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    The CD features 16 tracks and has a running time of just under an hour.

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Digital Download & CD Track Listing:
1. Enfield
2. Sevil
3. Wedding Anthem
4. Kirkby Lonsdale
5. While Shepherds
6. Comfort
7. Cumberland
8. Hocton
9. Stonehenge
10. Galgate
11. Euphratos
12. Gray's Elegy
13. Bright Seraphim
14. Psalm 10
15. Jubilate Deo
16. Milton

A Different Lore (the title comes from a poem by Lakeland Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge) is a CD consisting of West Gallery music found in manuscripts from the county of Cumbria. The earliest dates from 1739 and the latest circa 1850; the manuscripts themselves are from Holme Cultram, Consiton, Troutbeck, Watermillock, Martindale, Brampton, Middleton and Skelton.

The music covers a range of West Gallery Music – from the simple two part Sevil (Psalm 34) dating from 1739, to the stately Stonehenge, a Unitarian hymn, which started life as a solemn march from Gluck’s opera Alceste and published in Samuel Webbe’s A Collection of Psalm Tunes etc used in Martindale Church. Some of the pieces are unaccompanied, and some are accompanied by our string trio comprising violin, viola and cello; one of the pieces Bright Seraphim by Thomas Taylor of Brampton features the organ part from the original manuscript. Hocton (Psalm 116) is accompanied by our in-choir band of oboe, clarinet, tenor horn and cello.


released September 23, 2018


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The Gladly Solemn Sound Lancaster, UK

The Gladly Solemn Sound is based in Lancaster, UK. We sing West Gallery Music: the all but forgotten rural church music of the 18th and early 19th centuries, when most small churches were organ-less and their choirs were led by fiddles, clarinets, cellos, bassoons. The music is florid and lively, rhythmically energetic, delighting in earthy (sometimes unorthodox) harmonies and simple polyphony. ... more

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