Rupert Lang was born (1948) in Red Deer, Alberta and, after an exciting childhood as the son of an Anglican priest and an adolescence where he began studies for a career in the visual arts (painting, sculpture), he took his first degree in music at the University of Manitoba (B.Mus. Honors). He then went on to England where he studied at The Royal School of Church Music, receiving the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Certificate in Church Music and a diplomas from The Royal College of Music and Royal College of Organists. Lang completed his studies in England at the University of Cambridge, St. John’s College, receiving an MA (Music) studying with George Guest, Gillian Weir and John Scott. After returning to Canada, Lang became Director of Music at West Vancouver United Church, where he founded the Vancouver Children’s Choir. Since 1986, he has been Organist and Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver. He has taken this choir on to win first prize in the Church Choir Category of the CBC National Amateur Choral Competition four consecutive times. In 2006 they also took the prize for Best Performance of a Canadian Choral Work.
The woman who gave birth to Christ was chosen for a reason. Written for accomplished choirs – this is one of the most stunning renditions of the ancient sacred text.
A powerful, sensitive and heart-rending composition – sure to reach the hearts of singers and the audience.
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
by Rupert Lang
SATB with piano and violin – CP 1594 – 6:55
Originally a commission by West Vancouver United Church Choir for their director and organist Gerald Van Wyck’s 20th anniversary, this piece utilizes small hints of Tallis’ Third Mode melody, one of Gerald’s favourites.Lang’s music combines chant and a hymn-like theme throughout, with a sparkling piano part and poignant violin accompaniment. Listen to a recording by Lang’s Christ Church Cathedral Choir (Vancouver).