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New CD: Christopher Tambling – Organ works

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)


Christopher Tambling

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 freelance composer. Butz-Verlag will publish Tambling’s last completed works over the next two years.


New CD "Geistliche Chorwerke" – Volume II – free of charge!

CD J+TII 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:

  • Gloria
    from: Missa brevis in B flat for SA(T)Bar and organ, Catalogue no. 2650
  • Festliches Halleluja
    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
  • Agnus Dei
    from: Messe in G for SA(T)Bar and organ (flexible orchestra, community ad lib.), Catalogue no. 2611
  • Agnus Dei
    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
  • Kyrie
    from: Pastoralmesse in F for SABar and organ (flexible orchestra ad lib.), Catalogue no. 2680
  • Tochter Zion
    for SABar and organ, Catalogue no. 2463
  • Fröhliche Weihnacht überall
    Christmas carol for SA and keyboard instrument, Catalogue no. 2469
  • Performers:
    Kölner Vokalsolisten
    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

    CD J+T 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:

  • Laudate Dominum
    with Latin words for SATB and organ, Catalogue no. 2515
  • Panis angelicus
    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
  • Agnus Dei
    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
  • Performers:
    Kammerchor "The Embassy Singers", Berlin
    Director: Andrew Sims
    At the Reger-Orgel, Steinmeyer 1913 (III/45) of the Weihnachtskirche Berlin-Haselhorst: Caroline Roth