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ENGLISH Organ and Chamber Choir Music

I am searching for a few works that have organ accompaniment, suitable for a SATB choir of 16. I am trying to stick with the English tradition. There are great works out there by Stanford, Vaughan Williams, etc... but they might require bigger forces. If you have any experience with English organ/choral pieces that worked well with a smaller chamber choir- I'd be glad to hear. 
Kind regards,
Brennan Michaels 
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on July 10, 2014 8:13am
I should make mention: Pieces can be of any time period, with the particular interest to 20th century and contemporary/current English composers. We do have some Rutter already programed and would not need anything additional from this composer. 
on July 10, 2014 9:35am
I did Purcell for many years with just the forces you mentioned and it always worked out just great!  His particular lilt of the English language came across very well with a small group.  True, everyone needed to be on their toes at all times but it was always a joy to perform the result.
Hope that helps.
  Michael A. Gray

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on July 11, 2014 3:17am
Yes, definitely Purcell.   The «Bell Anthem» Rejoice in the Lord Alway has a nice balance between Choir, Semi-chorus, and Organ.  It can work with even smaller forces than 16 and with anything from a portative or good electronic to a cathedral monster if approached judiciously.  The Church Anthem Book (Oxford) and The New Church Anthem Book  both contain many numbers worth exploring.  The BOOKS make handy references and virtually all of the numbers can be had as separate octavos; some with orchestral parts.  I only wish I could hear the result —  Good Luck!
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on July 11, 2014 4:40am
I am very fond of Sir Michael Tippett's pair of pieces:
Nunc Dimittis
SATB w/Organ
published by Schott
Nick Page
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on July 11, 2014 6:53pm
Why not piggyback on the work of Harry Christophers and "The Sixteen"?  Their repertoire would certainly include pieces appropriate for your sixteen.  Google their discography.  Check out their many Youtube recordings.  The time might be well spent.
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on July 12, 2014 8:25am
Bearing in mind that much of the English choir/organ repertoire was written to be performed by cathedral choirs, which except for the treble numbers would have been roughly 4-5 voices per part, I think you could find a lot of interesting repertoire for choir and organ from 19th-20th English composers.  Organ registration would be key for good balance, but if you have a good organist who understands these issues and how to effectively balance the choir with organ, there's lots to choose from, for example:
Henry Balfour Gardiner "Evening Hymn" (In Latin, Te lucis ante terminum)
John Ireland "Greater love hath no man"
Britten "Jubilate Deo", amongst others
Len Ratzlaff
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on July 13, 2014 7:35pm
Thank you all for the great responses. It is wonderful to see the breadth of music that can be done. I'll keep you all posted on what the concert turns out to be! 
on July 15, 2014 1:19pm
Some superb works out there. Head back to the renaissance - my personal favourite
Best of luck!
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