These are all World Premiere recordings made under the supervision of the composer. Plain Chants and the Cello Symphony are performed by the artists for whom they were written. Also featured is Catrin Finch who has rapidly come to dominate the ranks of younger harp players. The Cello Symphony was recorded live at its premiere in Cardiff during the Vale of Glamorgan Festival, 2004. This impressive work is in effect a cello concerto - and at 35 minutes a very substantial piece. John Metcalf’s style here is meditative: there is an obvious parallel with John Taverner’s The Protecting Veil which uses the solo instrument to similarly ecstatic effect.