Arundel band take number one in the iTunes and classical charts with debut album

A classical band from Arundel have enjoyed remarkable success with their debut album, climbing to the top of the iTunes and Classical album charts

The Poor Clares, a convent band from Arundel, have topped the UK sales rankings for their first album, Light For The World, released last week on Decca Records.

It now sits at number one on the iTunes, Classical Artist and Classical Specialism album charts, as well as number two on the Amazon UK album charts.

The overwhelming public reaction has come of something as a surprise to Sr Gabriel Davison. She said: “We are thrilled that our music has touched the hearts of the public and has reached No.1 in the Classical Chart. We hope ‘Light for the World’ will bring you peace, joy and a sense of calm as you cope during these difficult times of isolation and stress.”

The Poor Clares. Pic: Chris O'Donovan

Tom Lewis, co-MD of Decca Records, added: “I don’t think we’ve ever seen a reaction like this. We heard of people stopping their cars in tears having heard the music and message of The Poor Clares. It has caught us totally by surprise to the extent that we are currently out of stock! Their music clearly contains a magical musical balm that people need right now.”

This week, the Sisters have appeared on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour with Jane Garvey and the ITV News at 10, sharing their story and details of how they made the album in collaboration with composers Juliette Pochin and James Morgan.