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Opus 92
Guy's Cliffe at Night

Written in 1935, this setting of Mary Coleridge's poem is meditative and mysterious.

About this work


This work is dedicated to "Denys Pouncey and his Camden Singers". Denys Pouncey (1906-1999) was a cathedral organist. Early in his career, he became assistant organist at St John's College, Cambridge. He held this post from 1928 until 1934, so during that period he would have worked very closely with Cyril Rootham (director of music at St John's College).

Denys Pouncey founded the Northampton Bach Choir in 1935, and served with the Royal Air Force from 1943 until 1946. From 1936 until 1970, he was Organist and Master of the Choristers at Wells Cathedral; and while there he recorded Rootham's "Evening Service in E Minor" which is included in the Treasury of English Church Music published by EMI.

This recording

This recording of Guy's Cliffe at Night (opus 92) was made during rehearsals for a concert given by the Cantilena chamber choir. The work was performed during their concert given on 17th May 2014 at St Nicolas Church, Cranleigh.

St Nicholas, Cranleigh

St Nicholas Church, Cranleigh
Photo © Stephen Halloran


Founded in 2010, Cantilena is a chamber choir for female voices. Its membership of around fourteen singers includes many music teachers. Conducted by Jenny Hansell, the choir has a broad repertoire ranging from plainsong and medieval carols to music by John Tavener and Bob Chilcott.

Cantilena choir in 2012

Cantilena at their Flower Concert on 17 May 2014

There is more information on the Cantilena website.

Publication status

The sheet music for Rootham's "Guy's Cliffe at Night" is published by OUP Archive and can be ordered as catalogue no OCS176 through Presto Classical.

Guy's Cliffe: OUP Archive OCS176

Guy's Cliffe at Night
OUP Archive OCS176