Blessed Be That Maid Marie (Christmas with Sonoro CD)

Gareth Treseder's Blessed Be That Maid Marie - another gem! CD Review: Artistic Quality - 9
Sound Quality - 9

Blessed Be That Maid Marie (Christmas with Sonoro CD)

CD Review: 5 stars

BBC Music Magazine

Come, And Let Us Return To The Lord

(This) is a substantial anthem. One can tell that these vocal lines were written by a composer who is also a singer. This composition would be a strong addition to a church choir's Lenten repertoire.

Jeremy Jackman, Choir and Organ

Jesu, The Very Thought Of Thee

Especially enjoyable [was] Gareth Treseder's slightly (and wonderfully) bonkers "Jesu The Very Thought Of Thee" (featuring the composer in an enchanting solo)...

Organist's Review


Gareth Treseder’s three-minute wedding anthem Love is a beautifully atmospheric and quietly lush creation. The chord-cluster style is - by the composer’s own admission - a ‘sly’ homage to Eric Whitacre, but Treseder is being unjustly modest in saying so. There is a captivating integrity to Treseder’s short piece... It is a brave move to tackle this famous passage from Corinthians, but when it is done as sensitively and unfussily as this, then the endeavour is vindicated.

Jeremy Summerly, Choir & Organ

The Minstrels

The composer creates an effective vocal rendition of the "scraped chords" played by the minstrels, and conveys the jocular spirit of the text in a direct and attractive manner throughout.

Geoffrey Webber, Choir and Organ

On Yesternight I Saw A Sight

A brilliant two-minute gem of a piece which I suggest would be a highly attractive choice for a competent upper voice choir. With a vibrant folk dance feel, it all works extremely well. This is a piece I would not hesitate to recommend.

Joy Hill, Choir and Organ, Christmas Choral Reviews 2021

O Virgo Splendens

It's exquisite writing...enchanting.

Gerald Busby

O Virgo Splendens

Bravo. Such beautiful, sensitive writing...

Eric Whitacre

O Virgo Splendens

O Virgo Splendens, the text derived from medieval Spanish pilgrims, had a woozy, dreamy quality, with sumptuous harmonies redolent of Scriabin.
Benjamin Poore, 18th December 2020

Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day

(The work) benefits not only from a winning melody but also from inventive and interesting part writing.

Music Web International; Recording of the Month

Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day

Gareth Treseder and Alastair Putt are two members of (St Margaret's Church Westminster Abbey Choir) whose works are featured on this CD – both Treseder’s Tomorrow shall be my dancing day and Putt’s O magnum mysterium are skilful and effective compositions, worthy of their place in such distinguished company.
*Essential listening
A New Song**; Choir of St Margaret, Westminster / Thomas Trotter (organ) / Aidan Oliver / Priory PRCD1239

RSCM Reviews, March 2022