Since 1989, Guildford Choral has made regular commercial recordings with major British orchestras, mostly for Hyperion Records.

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Vaughan Williams: Hodie; Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Hodie

Available on the Naxos label.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Janice Watson (soprano), Peter Hoare (tenor), Stephen Gadd (bass)
Conductor: Hilary Davan Wetton

Vaughan Williams's works have a special resonance for Surrey music lovers as he lived at Leith Hill and the Surrey Hills were a source of inspiration for him. In Hodie, he creates two wonderful new carols as the Christmas story unfolds, while the Fantasia uses traditional carols. Both works stress the concept of peace among men - which never ceases to be a highly relevant, if elusive, aspiration.  

"...The performances are first class, with solid orchestral support given to an excellent trio of soloists and robust choral singing."

Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 30 November 2007

Vaughan Williams: Five Tudor Portraits / Five Mystical Songs

Five Tudor Portraits / Five Mystical Songs

Available from Hyperion Records.

Philharmonia Orchestra
Sarah Walker (mezzo‑soprano), Henry Herford (baritone)
Conductor: Hilary Davan Wetton

Five mystical songs, commissioned for the Worcester festival, are to words by George Herbert. With echoes of Ravel and Elgar, these are fine pieces. Five Tudor Portraits, first performed at the Norwich Festival, have not enjoyed the frequency of performance that their musical merits deserve. Here is a CD that couples these appealing works in a confident rendering by Guildford Choral Society. 

"...These are generally lively and imaginative performances; Sarah Walker exploits magnificently her penchant for witty characterisation, most notably as drunken Alice in The Tunning of Ellinor Rumming."

Hi-Fi News & Record Review, November 1988

Holst: Choral Symphony / Choral Fantasia

Holst: Choral Symphony / Choral FantasiaAvailable from Hyperion Records.

Awarded the French Diapason d'Or

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Lynne Dawson (soprano)
Conductor: Hilary Davan Wetton

"... the Guildford Choir rising magnificently to the stiff challenge of the tongue-tripping texts and the shifting harmonies"

Performance ***** Sound *****, Gramophone Magazine, November 1995
"...the diction, tone and dynamic flexibility of the choir is outstanding."

Words and Music, March 1994

Holst: The Morning of the Year / The Golden Goose / King Estmere

Holst: The Morning of the Year / The Golden Goose / King EstmereAvailable from Hyperion Records.

Philharmonia Orchestra
Ghislaine Morgan (soprano), Sarah Beinart (mezzo-soprano), Jeremy Ovenden (tenor)
Conductor: Hilary Davan Wetton

"This is a very welcome revealing CD. No one interested in Holst should be without it. Difficult to imagine the performance being bettered. The Guildford Choral Society sing as if the music of all three rare works is in their bones."

British Music Society News, March 1996
"Performances are lively and capable. Presentation is absolutely first class and the recording is ripe and realistic to match. In sum, a very useful release."

Gramophone Magazine, November 1995

George Lloyd: A Litany

George Lloyd: A Litany

In March 1996, the choir commissioned and promoted the world première of A Litany in the Royal Festival Hall. This major new work was conducted in both concert and recording by the composer.

Available through Albany Records this work was commissioned and premièred by Guildford Choral Society.

Philharmonia Orchestra
Janice Watson (soprano), Jeremy White (baritone)
Conductor: George Lloyd

"This is a premier recording and it earns a welcome ... much to enjoy ... The orchestral score, rich in colour and varied in resources, is regally served by the Philharmonia. The Guildford Choral Society sing with confidence and apparent zest."

Gramophone Magazine, November 1996

Parry: Job - an Oratorio

Parry: Job

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Jaime Morgan Hitchcock (treble), Toby Spence (tenor), Peter Coleman-Wright (baritone), Neal Davies (bass)
Conductor: Hilary Davan Wetton

Recorded in autumn 1998, and available through Hyperion Records.

Little of Parry's choral music has been recorded in recent years; his star was somewhat eclipsed by that of Elgar, but there's no doubt that the latter was strongly influenced by Parry. Job pre-dates all of Elgar's oratorios and it is easy to detect its influence in, for instance, The Dream of Gerontius, written ten years later. This fine work had never been recorded before.