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When David heard that Absalom was slain

The Choir of Ormond College specialised in liturgical music of the 16th and 20th centuries. This recording also includes a number of psalm settings, including Allegri's "Miserere", a setting of the penitential Psalm 51 originally used only in the Sistine Chapel during Holy Week.

This CD also includes Australian composer Gordon Kerry's "Canticles for Evening Prayer".


Choir of Ormond College

Since its inception in 1982 under the direction of Douglas Lawrence, the Choir of Ormond College has become the first Australian choir to receive ongoing international recognition.

Douglas Lawrence

Melbourne organist Douglas Lawrence is Director of Music at The Scots' Church and Teacher of the Organ at the University of Melbourne and was the founding director of Choir of Ormond College, a position he held from 1982 to 2006.

Track Listing

  1. I sat down under His shadow Edward Bairstow
  2. Magnificat Orlando Gibbons
  3. Nunc Dimittis Orlando Gibbons
  4. Set me as a seal upon Thine heart William Walton
  5. Lord, we beseech Thee Adrian Batten
  6. Canticles for Evening Prayer Gordon Kerry

  7. First
  8. Second
  9. When David Heard that Absalom was slain Thomas Tomkins
  10. Miserere Gregorio Allegri
  11. Psalm 23 John Goss
  12. Psalm 42 Samuel Sebastian Wesley
  13. Psalm 137 George Mursell Garrett
  14. Sing unto the Lord Christopher Tye



Edward Bairstow

A British composer and organist, Bairstow was appointed Organist of York Minster in 1913, a post he held until his death in 1946.

Gordon Kerry

Gordon Kerry's music ranges from the symphonic through chamber music to choral music and opera. He is frequently commissioned by Australian orchestras, chamber ensembles, festivals and soloists, as well as ensembles in the USA and Europe.

Where to buy

When David heard that Absalom was slain is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

When David heard that Absalom was slain is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.

Product details

List price
$20.00 AUD
Release date
© 1986 Move Records
℗ 1986 Move Records
Choral, Classical
Catalogue number
MD 3064
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574306422