St Andrew’s University to launch record label

ST ANDREW’S University will launch its own record label this week - the first ever by a Scottish university.

The Sanctiandree label will feaure the choir of the Fife universitys iconic St Salvators Chapel. Pciture: TSPL

The Sanctiandree label will feaure the choir of the Fife university’s iconic St Salvator’s Chapel.

It takes its name from a document dating from the earliest days of the ancient seat of learning, which indicates that students, described as “Choristi Sanctiandree”, sang at services.

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The label will officially launch with a free concert at St Salvator’s Chapel on Sunday, April 12, at 7.30pm

The first CD under the new label, Salvator Mundi - The Purcell Legacy, will be released on April 20.

University Organist Tom Wilkinson said today: “I am absolutely delighted to be launching the label with a fantastic CD, recorded last year by St Salvator’s Chapel Choir and the Fitzwilliam String Quartet.

“The quartet is superb, and the chapel choir and I are greatly looking forward to performing with them again at the launch concert.

“The CD begins with a wonderful work by Pelham Humfrey, a teacher of Henry Purcell, and charts a history of seventeenth and eighteenth-century composers associated with the Chapel Royal.

“It finishes with the world premiere recording of a work by William Jackson of Exeter, which I discovered in the University Special Collections last year.”

Sunday’s concert will be part of the “On the Rocks” student arts festival.