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by The Song Company

Jesus’ blood never failed me yet, never failed me yet, Jesus’ blood never failed me yet. This one thing I know for He loves me so.
Jesus autem transiens [Petrus] Credo in Deum Patrem omnipotentem, Creatorem celi et terre. [Andreas] Et in Ihesum Cristum, Filium eius unicum, Dominum nostrum, [Jacobus] Qui conceptus est de Spiritu Sancto, natus ex Maria Virgine, [Johannes] passus sub Pontio Pilato, crucifixus, mortuus, et sepultus, [Thomas] descendit ad inferna, tercia die resurrexit a mortuis, [Jacobus minor] ascendit ad celos, sedet ad dexteram Dei Patris omnipotentis, [Philippus] inde venturus est iudicare vivos et mortuos. [Bartolomeus] Credo in Spiritum Sanctum, [Mattheus] sanctam Ecclesiam catholicam, sanctorum communionem, [Simon] remissionem peccatorum, [Judas Thaddeus] carnis resurrectionem, [Matthias] et vitam eternam. Amen. But Jesus passing through the midst of them... [Peter] I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: [Andrew] And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord, [James] Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, [John] Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried; [Thomas] He descended into hell [Hades]; the third day He rose again from the dead; [James the less] He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; [Philip] From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. [Bartholomew] I believe in the Holy Ghost; [Matthew] The Holy Catholic Church; The communion of saints; [Simon] The forgiveness of sins; [Judas Thaddeus] The resurrection of the body; [Matthias] And the life everlasting. Amen.
Jesus’ blood never failed me yet, never failed me yet, Jesus’ blood never failed me yet. This one thing I know for He loves me so.


The world première recordings of Gavin Bryars’s new choral arrangement of his epochal minimalist work inspired by the singing of a homeless person, Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet, presented in its 50th anniversary year alongside an extended postmodern version of the legendary 13-part canon from the early Renaissance Eton Choirbook, Jesus autem transiens, composed by The Song Company’s Artistic Director, Antony Pitts on a road trip into the heart of Australia. The Song Company and collaborating ensembles recorded this moving program during lockdown in bedrooms and kitchens across Australia.


released May 21, 2021

Sopranos Amy Moore | Anna Fraser† | Anna Sandström* | Bonnie de la Hunty | Carmel de Jager† | Chloe Lankshear | Josie Ryan | Roberta Diamond | Susannah Lawergren†
Altos Alexandria Siegers* | Hannah Fraser* | Janine Harris | Jessica O’Donoghue | Max Riebl | Oscar Smith† | Pip Dracakis† | Stephanie Dillon
Tenors Christopher Watson | Dan Walker | Elias Wilson* | Ethan Taylor | Koen van Stade | Owen Elsley* | Richard Butler† | Robert Macfarlane
Basses Andrew O’Connor† | David Hidden† | Edward Elias* | Hayden Barrington | Lincoln Law | Lucien Fischer | Mark Donnelly† | Nathan Lay* | Thomas Flint
with the University Of Western Australia Conservatorium Of Music, The Oriana Chorale, and The SongCo Chorale*
Director Antony Pitts
† Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet
* Transiens

Recorded during lockdown 2020
Edited & produced by Antony Pitts
Assistant Producer: Janine Harris
Stained glass from Creation Window by David Wright,
photographed by permission of St James’, King Street, Sydney
Design by Adrian Self


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The Song Company Sydney, Australia

The Song Company belongs to a land whose first peoples have always used songlines and vocal music to pass knowledge and culture from one generation to another. We bring together Australia’s finest voices in innovative performances, commissioning new music, emerging artist development, educational outreach, and collaborative music-making across art forms. ... more

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