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Music For Seafarers

The Baltic Exchange, London presents, in partnership with Portsmouth Cathedral Choir, Malcolm Archer and the Convivium Singers, an original and exciting collection of anthems, hymns, part-songs and folk-songs celebrating the Exchange’s longstanding support of seafarers and England’s rich, maritime musical tradition.

Artistic Directors: Malcolm Archer, William Drakett, David Price and Alexander Norman
Accompanists: Marcus Wibberley, William Drakett, Joe Waggott, David Price
With the choirs of Portsmouth Cathedral and Convivium Singers.

Engineering & Mastering: Adaq Khan & Kevin Hodgson
Artist Photography: Jacqui Marie Dunster
Album Photography: Tom Kuglin, Portsmouth Grammar School, Russell Falkingham

Co-Producers: Malcolm Archer, Andrew King, Alexander Norman, William Drakett, David Millinger
Executive Creative Director: John Bevan
Executive Producers: Adrian Green & Michael Drayton

With thanks to:
Michael Drayton, Chairman The Baltic Exchange 2007-2009
Ulf Ryder, Suzanne Ryott, Lena Alvling at Stena Bulk
Peter Mild
The Chapter and musicians of Portsmouth Cathedral and to members of Convivium Singers, who have supported and enabled this complex recording project to take place over the past two years.


On This Disc

01 They that go down to
the sea in ships 
Grayson Ives
02 Vast Ocean of Light Jonathan Dove
03 Here I am, Lord Daniel Schutt (arr. Malcolm Archer)
04 Windswept Skies  Carson Cooman
05 Anthem for Seafarers
(Eternal Father, Strong to Save)
 Malcolm Archer
06 Never weather-beaten sail Charles Wood

07 Sailing Trad. (arr. Peter Hunt)
08 Sea Fever John Ireland
09 The water is wide Trad. (arr. William Drakett)
10 Blow the wind southerly Trad. (arr. Timothy Salter)

11 There is an old belief Hubert Parry
12 Crossing the Bar Hubert Parry
13 Nearer, my God, to Thee Lowell Mason (arr. Malcolm Archer)


The Baltic Exchange

Situated in the heart of the City of London, The Baltic Exchange is the world’s leading commercial maritime organisation. Its members are responsible for the chartering of ships, both dry cargo and tankers, across the globe as well as the sale and purchase of merchant vessels. For well over 250 years it has operated a self-regulated market adhering to its code of “Our word our bond” and its international community of over 600 members, encompassing the majority of world shipping interests, commits to a set of rules that ensures the highest standards of business practice.

In addition, The Baltic Exchange is the world’s only independent source of maritime market information for the trading and settlement of physical and derivative contracts. By compiling information from 30 dry cargo routes and 31 tanker routes The Baltic Exchange publishes daily indices that are quoted in financial exchanges around the world and form the basis of multi-million dollar forward freight transactions.

Given the scale and financial significance of these activities one can easily lose sight of the community that, in practical terms, makes all this possible – the seafarers themselves. At sea for months at a time, isolated and away from home, family and friends, they face the daily risks of life at sea, not only the hazards of wind and wave but the operation and maintenance of complex machinery on which their lives depend. The threat of piracy is a constant concern not only for those on board but for families at home only too aware that hundreds of crew members have been held hostage in recent years, some of them never to return.

The very real need for help and assistance when crew members come ashore in foreign ports is answered by seafaring charities and it is here that The Baltic Exchange is proud of its long-standing financial support of such charities and the vital role they play in the lives of the seafaring community.

In commissioning Malcolm Archer to compose the “Anthem for Seafarers”, an anthem which draws on the well-known hymn “Eternal Father Strong to Save”.The Baltic Exchange continues its support for seafaring charities. Here is a collection of songs and anthems associated with the sea, beautifully performed by the Convivium Singers and Portsmouth Cathedral Choir. The Baltic Exchange has underwritten production expenses, with copies of the recording provided to seafaring charities to enable them to continue to raise funds for their work at sea.

The Baltic Exchange
November 2012.


Malcolm Archer

Malcolm Archer is Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College, where he trains and conducts the Quiristers and Chapel Choir and teaches organ in the College. He has enjoyed a distinguished career in cathedral music, including posts at Norwich, Bristol, Wells Cathedrals and then Director of Music at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. During his time there he directed the choir for several State services, including the Tsunami Memorial Service, the London Bombings Service and the 80th Birthday Service for HM The Queen, for which he was invited by Buckingham Palace to compose a special anthem, performed live on BBC1.

His many broadcasts and recordings from Wells and St. Paul’s have received critical acclaim, and his CD of Christmas music from St. Paul’s was voted Editor’s number one choice in The Daily Telegraph.

Malcolm is much in demand as a choir trainer and choral and orchestral conductor, and he has directed concerts, workshops and courses in various parts of the globe, as well as working with several leading orchestras. He is also the Musical Director of the Jean Langlais Festival in France. As an organ recitalist he has played in nine European countries, the USA and Canada, and his CDs include repertoire as diverse as J.S. Bach and Olivier Messiaen, as well as his own music. As a composer, Malcolm receives regular commissions from both sides of the Atlantic, and he has many
published works. Recently he has composed works for the Southern Cathedrals’ Festival, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Festival of the Sons of the Clergy and an anthem for the enthronement service of the Bishop of
Winchester. He has also jointly edited two books for Oxford University Press: Advent for Choirs and Epiphany to All Saints for Choirs.

He has been an adjudicator for the BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the year competition, and for four years was a judge for the BBC Songs of Praise School Choirs competition, including chairing the judging panel for two of those competitions. He is also a frequent contributor to that programme as both interviewee and musical arranger. He has recently been a judge for the British Composer Awards.

Malcolm has served as council member of the Royal College of Organists, and he is a member of the council of the Guild of Church Musicians, from whom he was recently awarded the Fellowship for his services to church music over many years.


Portsmouth Cathedral Choir

The Cathedral Choir is made up of twenty-four boy choristers and fourteen gentlemen (made up of seven lay-clerks and up to seven choral scholars) who contribute to the pattern of daily cathedral worship singing for at least five services every week. The Choir also sings at various special
services and events both locally, in the Cathedral and the Diocese of Portsmouth, and also internationally. Recent tours have included Belgium, Holland, Sweden, France, Estonia, Denmark and Germany.

The Choir was involved in the 60th Anniversary of DDay commemorations. This trip saw two BBC Radio broadcasts, a concert in Caen with the London Mozart Players and the International Service of Remembrance at Bayeux in the presence of HM The Queen, President Chirac and the Rt Hon Tony Blair. In Trafalgar 200 they performed at the International Drumhead Ceremony, and at events aboard HMS Victory during Trafalgar Week (three BBC radio and TV broadcasts). Their ‘Nelson year’ concluded with a live broadcast of Choral Evensong on BBC Radio 3 on the day 200 years ago that Nelson’s body sailed from Portsmouth to London for his State Funeral.

The Choir has also made a number of recordings, including a reconstruction of music from Lord Nelson’s Funeral year and ‘I look from afar’ – a recording of Advent and Christmas carols, ‘Portsmouth Remembers’ through Guild Records and Harvey Brough’s DDay 60 cantata ‘Valete in Pace’ with The Britten Sinfonia, Clare College Choir, Cambridge, Mark le Broq & Andrew Parrott. This is their second disc with Convivium Records.



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