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Howells: Take him, earth, for cherishing

Recorded October 2020 at Mountainview Cemetery

Howells' moving response to the death of President John F Kennedy was commissioned by The Choir of the Cathedral of St George, in Kingston, Ontario, for a joint Canadian/American service. The piece sets a text from Medieval theologian Prudentius which explores the literal processes of embalming a body, but also the soul ascending into heaven. Harmonically innovative and engaging despite its lengthy duration, the piece now over 50 years old, has become a favourite of choristers around the world.


Christina Cichos
Kira Fondse
Lucy Smith
Tabitha Brasso-Ernst
Katherine Evans
Risa Takahashi
Oliver Dalton
Andrew Fitzgerald
Carman J. Price
Andrew Bortz
Jacob Gramit
Steve Maddock



Audio Engineer: Don Harder
Audio Producer: Liz Hamel
Director: Mike Southworth
Camera Operators: Mike Southworth, Adam P.W. Smith
Editor: Mike Southworth, Mike Young

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