Shaw’s works number more than three hundred published pieces, of which this church anthem, With A Voice of Singing, is an enduring favourite. Scored with a quotation from Vaughan Williams’s ‘For All the Saints’, the piece has fanfare like chords and Choral parts, alternating unison phrases with straightforward harmonies. The upward modulations add to the piece’s effectiveness.
Composer, conductor and producer Martin Shaw was of the Holst and Vaughan Williams generation of composers who was key in reviving public interest in the work of Purcell. He was also a co-founder of the Royal School of Church Music. He once toured Europe as conductor to dancer Isadora Duncan and was briefly engaged to the daughter of theatrical star Ellen Terry.