From the Jordan to the desert

This is a live recording of From the Jordan to the desert by Kathryn Rose. It was performed at St Pancras Parish Church on Thursday 14 May 2015 by The Choir of St Pancras Parish Church directed by Christopher Batchelor. The organist is Michael Waldron.

Kathryn Rose was born in Saskatchewan, Canada, and studied music from the age of four. In London she studied horn with Stephen Stirling at Trinity College of Music. Kathryn is organist at St Andrew’s Leytonstone, where several of her works for smaller choirs have been sung; other churches that have used her music include St John’s Edinburgh, St Mary’s Addington, St Paul’s Woldingham and St Chad’s, Chadwell Heath. In 2014 her work was selected for inclusion in the songbook Sing For Our Planet. Kathryn has a keen interest in liturgy and accessibility.

Church music today embraces a wide variety of styles, reflecting the different traditions of Christian worship around the world and even in this country. Within this variety there should always be a place for music which explores the contemporary serious idioms, and the Festivals at St Pancras have become the vanguard, including and even commissioning works which engage the mind. The mind of worshippers who desire something beyond the fashionable songs which, although they have their place, are of their essence ephemeral.

Alan Gibbs, composer