New CD: Christopher Tambling – Organ works
All of the pieces are taken from the various volumes of organ music composed by Christopher Tambling and published by Butz.
Jörg Abbing at the Mayer-Orgel in St. Kastor, Koblenz (IV/52)
(Music: BU 2156, BU 2550, BU 2500, BU 2466, BU 2630)
Price: € 10.00 (Order no. CD 625)
We are mourning the death of Christopher Tambling (1964-2015).
Christopher Tambling, composer, organist and former Director of Music at the famous Benedictine
Downside Abbey and at Downside School near Bath in south-west England, died in Wells on 3 October
2015 at the age of 51 following a short illness.
Following studies at Canterbury Cathedral and St Peter’s College, Oxford, Tambling became a teacher
and director of music at various schools in England and Scotland before being appointed at Downside in 1997.
As well as heading the music department at Downside School, he also served as organist at Downside Abbey and
leader of several instrumental ensembles (including the school’s own symphony orchestra) and as Master
of the Schola Cantorum of Downside Abbey, which regularly sang for services, concerts and recordings in the Abbey.
From an early age, Tambling earned an excellent reputation as a composer, arranger and editor, particularly
of choral and organ music. His main publisher in Britain was Kevin Mayhew. His cooperation with Dr. J. Butz
in Bonn, which began in 2008, produced over 60 publications, which rapidly earned him a name throughout the
German-speaking world and ensured his great popularity. Butz-Verlag has published works for four-part and
three-part mixed-voice choirs and upper-voice choir, as well as compositions for solo organ and organ with
solo instrument. Tambling also edited other composers’ works, for example masses by the English
composers Charles Villiers Stanford and Richard Runciman Terry.
Tambling’s own music, deeply rooted in the English Romantic tradition, is characterised
by purity of sound, musical freshness and a keen awareness of the practicalities of performance.
Thanks to his wealth of experience with choirs and virtually all types of instruments, Tambling had
a great facility to compose and arrange for specific voices and instruments.
It came as no surprise that he received numerous commissions for pieces from Germany. Often these
led to large-scale first performances. The most spectacular of these were probably the first performance of
his “Missa brevis in B flat”, sung by 1,400 singers on Diocesan Children’s Choirs Day in the
diocese of Speyer in September 2014 (Marienkirche, Landau), and, also that month, of the
“Schönstatt-Jubiläumsmesse”, which was heard by over 10,000 churchgoers in Vallendar.
Inspired by these successes, Tambling resigned his teaching post in the summer of 2015 in order to work as a
Butz-Verlag will publish Tambling’s last completed works over the next two years.
New CD "Geistliche Chorwerke" – Volume II – free of charge!
This second sampler CD also contains a representative cross-section of the pieces for choir by British composers Robert Jones and
Christopher Tambling which have been published by Butz-Verlag so far.
We will gladly send you our CD with 20 tracks on request.
The recorded works of Christopher Tambling:
from: Missa brevis in B flat for SA(T)Bar and organ, Catalogue no. 2650
for SA, SABar, SATBar, community and organ (flexible orchestra ad lib.), Catalogue no. 2581
Der Herr ist mein Hirt – The Lord's my Shepherd
Psalm 23 for SABar and organ, Catalogue no. 2607
from: Messe in G for SA(T)Bar and organ (flexible orchestra, community ad lib.), Catalogue no. 2611
from: Missa brevis in B for SA(T)Bar and organ (winds, tubular bells ad lib.), Catalogue no. 2650
God be in my head – Sei in meinem Sinn
Motet with German and English text for SA and organ, Catalogue no. 2633
Gelobt sei Gott – The strife is o'ver
Easter song for SABar and organ, Catalogue no. 2412
from: Pastoralmesse in F for SABar and organ (flexible orchestra ad lib.), Catalogue no. 2680
for SABar and organ, Catalogue no. 2463
Fröhliche Weihnacht überall
Christmas carol for SA and keyboard instrument, Catalogue no. 2469
Julia Reckendrees (Soprano), Alexandra Thomas (Mezzo Soprano), Vincent Heitzer (Tenor), Fabian Hemmelmann (Baritone), Christian Walter (Bass)
At the organ, Klais 2014 (III/37) of St. Joseph, Bonn-Castell: Lambert Kleesattel
Free CD "Geistliche Chorwerke" – Sacred choral works
This sampler CD contains a representative cross-section of the pieces for choir by British composers Christopher
Tambling and Robert Jones which have been published by Butz-Verlag so far.
We will gladly send you our CD on request.
The recorded works of Christopher Tambling:
with Latin words for SATB and organ, Catalogue no. 2515
for SATB and organ, Catalogue no. 2511
Herr Gott: Du allein bist heilig – Lord God: you alone are holy
for SATB and organ, Catalogue no. 2505
Sanctus & Benedictus
from: "Missa festiva" for SABar and organ, Catalogue no. 2300
from: "Festmesse in F" for SATB and organ, Catalogue no. 2465
Jubelt, jauchzt und singt – Make a joyful noise
for SATB and organ, Catalogue no. 2355
Wie schön doch jene Rose ist – There is no rose of such virtue
for SATB and organ, Catalogue no. 2439
Freuet euch am heil'gen Fest – Make we joy now in this fest
for SATB and organ, Catalogue no. 2360
Gottes Bote hat vermeld't – Hark! the herald angels sing
for SATB and organ, Catalogue no. 2363
Kammerchor "The Embassy Singers", Berlin
Director: Andrew Sims
At the Reger-Orgel, Steinmeyer 1913 (III/45) of the Weihnachtskirche Berlin-Haselhorst: Caroline Roth