St Patrick’s Breastplate (arranged by Melville Cook), sung by St Peter’s Singers of Leeds
stpeterssingers – May 1, 2013 – 6:12
During his service as Organist and Choirmaster of Leeds Parish Church (as it was then known) from 1937 to 1946, Melville Cook left a number of craftsmanly hymn settings for posterity, most of which survive in manuscript in the Leeds Minster Choir Library. At least one was published and printed locally – a large-scale score of the traditional Irish hymn known as ‘St Patrick’s Breastplate’. Dr Cook’s setting is a real gem, with an organ part of considerably more interest than the ‘standard’ version by Stanford.
This performance was recorded in Leeds Minster on Sunday 28th April 2013 during the recital of ‘Music with Minster connections’ sung by St Peter’s Singers of Leeds, directed by Dr Simon Lindley. The organist is David Houlder.
Leeds Minster, formerly Leeds Parish Church, has a long and distinguished musical history. The list of organists and past organists of the Parish Church of St Peter-at-Leeds is outstanding. ‘Music with Minster connections’ celebrated both this heritage and the status of Leeds Minster with music from its famous composers since the consecration of the then-new building on 2nd September 1841, over 171 years ago.