Mass of St. Thomas

This has become a popular congregational setting in  churches throughout the United Kingdom and is now sung worldwide.  The Gloria was commissioned in 1985 by David Stancliffe whilst Provost of Portsmouth. It was specifically written to encourage congregational participation and to display the talents of the very fine soprano line of the Cathedral’s Voluntary Choir. The Gloria was originally written in D flat, a far more user friendly key at 9.30 in the morning!  It was a year later before the setting was completed and adopted for large scale events within the Portsmouth Diocese.

There was originally no intention for the setting to be published, but David Stancliffe and Michael Pipes, then Headmaster of the City of Portsmouth Boys’ School felt that its success within the Cathedral should be shared by a wider congregation.  An SATB version was eventually published in 1995, but the recording made by Neil Taylor and the Norwich Cathedral Girls’ Choir on the disc ‘Music for the Eucharist’ is a true reflection of the composer’s original intention. The whole setting has been reissued in the original CD format on the Priory label  and is also available on iTunes, Spotify and Google. The  Gloria was  sung on the televised Easter Morning Eucharist from St. Alban’s Abbey on Easter Day, 2016 and can be seen using the following link- http://www.108clip.com/watch?v=qs88dSuiClg.

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The following SATB version of the Gloria was recorded in 2006 in St. John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth.