Ave Maria – new remotely recorded single

John Hosking has written a new setting of the Ave Maria which has been recorded remotely during lockdown by Olivia Hunt (Soprano) and an orchestra. It will raise money for the Cathedral Choirs’ Emergency Fund aiming to support Cathedral choirs after lockdown.


John Hosking said: ” as a church musician myself, and someone who has learned their trade via Britain’s unrivaled Cathedral and Collegiate choral tradition, I felt it important to support this rich heritage and ensure future generations can use their creativity and musical talents at a high standard in daily worship. Many cathedrals struggled to maintain their high standard of daily worship prior to lockdown; the onset of the corona virus has put additional financial pressures on our cathedrals and it is important to help them through this crisis.

During lockdown I have kept myself extremely busy undertaking remote recordings with many singers across the UK. It has been wonderful to be able to give people a chance to sing, albeit in different circumstances, and to not only work with those I perform with regularly but to also regain contact with friends I have performed with over the years. My biggest lockdown project to date – a remote recording of Guilmant’s ‘Ecce panis angelorum’ for harp, organ, soloists and chorus – was featured in the online Costa Rica International Choral Festival.


The Ave Maria recording features my duo partner – soprano, Olivia Hunt, who was formerly Head Chorister at Chester Cathedral, during which time she sang as a soloist on BBC Radios 3 and 4 and reached the final of the BBC Young Chorister of the Year competition. Olivia and I have worked together closely over the past 6 years, releasing CDs, performing all over the UK and having broadcasts on the BBC ‘Introducing’ scheme.


The remotely recorded orchestra includes recent graduates from the Royal College of Music and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, a viola player who regularly records backing tracks for pop artists and the principal horn player of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra in Norway – a mix that would not be possible during normal times.


The single will be released on iTunes (and other major digital platforms) on 15th August and sales will be split equally between the Cathedral Choirs’ Emergency Fund and a new recording Olivia and I will be undertaking at Blackburn Cathedral.”


John Hosking is Director of Music at Holy Trinity, Southport and organist for the BBC’s ‘Daily Service’, formerly holding organist posts at Westminster Abbey and St. Asaph Cathedral.