Noel Leaver: York Minster


Sir Edward Bairstow (1874 - 1946)


A Brief biography of Sir Edward Bairstow with photo (read)

Recollections of Bairstow's friend and former student, David Hird (read)

I sat down under his shadow, performed by The Cambridge Singers, John Rutter conducting. [listen]


 I sat down under His shadow, sat down with great delight; his fruit was sweet unto my taste, and pleasant to my sight. He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me [was] love.



Click to hear and watch Lord, thou has been our refuge, performed by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Stephen Cleobury directing.

Click to hear Save us, O Lord, performed by the Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, David Hill directing.

To listen to The Lamentation, performed by the Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, John Scott directing, Andrew Lucas on the 1872 Willis organ, click here then click on "Listen to the Program," then hold button and slide to 16:58 (16 minutes and 58 seconds).

Click to hear and watch The Promise which was made, sung by the Choir of St. John's Episcopal Church, Detroit.

Click to hear and watch the 'Allegro giocoso' from the Organ Sonata in E-flat, played by Ignace Michiels on the 1937 Klais organ of Bruges cathedral.


 The Choir of York Minster, Philip Moore, directing; John Scott Whiteley on the 1959 Walker organ

Blessed City, Heavenly Salem                                                                    

The Lamentation                                                                                          

Jesu, The very thought of thee                                                                  

Lord, Thou has been our refuge

Let all mortal flesh keep silence

Lord, I call upon thee                                                                                  

Psalm 114:  "When Israel came out of Egypt

Jesu, grant me this I pray                                                                          

Save us, O Lord                                                                                            

If the Lord had not helped me                                                                    

The Blessed Virgin's Cradle Song                                                              

Magnificat in D                                                                                             

Nunc dimittis in D