Four days of recording sessions start the year for Stephen Cleobury and King’s College Choir this week here at King’s. Following a typically busy Christmas season, and a well-deserved break, the Choir returned for two sessions of music by the English composer William Byrd. The new album, which will feature a selection of motets by Byrd, is due out in 2018. Further recording sessions later in the year will complete the album, which is the first on the King’s label to feature music by the composer.

The Choir recording Bernstein's Chichester Psalms.

The Choir recording Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.

Further recording sessions with the Choir and players from the Britten Sinfonia are taking place this week, with music written nearly four centuries later by the American composer Leonard Bernstein. The recording of his Chichester Psalms – in the version for choir, organ, percussion and harp – will be released later this year. It will be the first recording with choir to feature the newly restored Harrison & Harrison organ, and will do so in stunning surround-sound and ultra-high resolution.

If you can’t wait until then, you might like Evensong Live 2016 and Britten Saint Nicolas.