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Summer Round Up

September 12th, 2020 Comments off

I haven’t updated my website for quite a while (five months in fact), this being for two reasons: firstly, as I am in the process of transferring all this information to a new, all-singing-all-dancing website and secondly that not an awful lot has happened in these joyous months of 2020. However, some things have happened since April, so I guess I should do a sort of round up. Not many performances to mention, plenty of cancellations and rearrangements, but very little live music. However, one short piece I wrote for the pianist Duncan Honeybourne has been performed online, recorded and will be premiered and released on CD in October. This is a short ‘deconstruction’ of the English folk tune The Turtledove which was my contribution to Duncan’s ‘Contemporary Soundbites’ project that featured short pieces written during lockdown. It forms part of a small collection called Three Folksongs that also features two other arrangements that have been performed this year. The piece will be released on the Prima Facie label very soon. As well as the piano, I’ve been writing for the organ with, two hymn-tune preludes I composed late last year recently being released in a collection of new organ pieces by Oxford University Press, alongside works by several leading composers. Read more…

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American Premiere of ‘Ave Maria, mater Dei’

February 3rd, 2020 410 comments

I was very pleased to find out recently that my motet Ave Maria, mater Dei (2017) was one of the winners of the ORTUS competition run by the Khorikos choir in New York. Out of 500 submissions, my work was one of 10 chosen entries. The premiere will take place on the 02 May, at the Shrine Church of St Anthony of Padua, Manhattan, New York, USA.

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The Month Ahead

January 23rd, 2020 169 comments

January is a busy month of performances to begin the New Year, in fact it begins on New Year’s Day with the Irish premiere of my Fourth Service (2018) at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. The 14th sees my new work The Mystery of Light (2019) performed at a special graduation service at the University of Aberdeen to honour HRH Princess Anne, performed by the university chamber choir. Staying in Aberdeen, the organist Jonathan Clinch will perform three of my organ pieces in an all-British contemporary music programme on the 20th, followed on the 26th by a quick trip to Manchester for a 70th birthday concert for my old tutor John Casken (featuring a short, new piano piece of mine). The month ends with a further Scottish performance of Ave Regina Caelorum (2019) performed by Northern Voices and Tobi Wolf. Looking slightly further ahead is the Amercian premiere of the Fourth Service, more performances of The Mystery of Light and the Dutch premiere of The World on Fire (2015).

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The Month Ahead

November 29th, 2019 83 comments

There are a few performances (that I know about…) coming up in the Christmas period, some of which I will able to make. The first of which is the London premiere of my recent Salve Regina (2019) given by the City University Chamber Choir, conducted by Rory McCleery. This will take place at St Clement’s Church, Finsbury, London, on the 04 December. Later in the month, I will be at Keble College, Oxford to see Jubilate, conducted by James Potter, give the English premiere of I sing of a maiden (2016) on Friday 13 December. This will be a special night as we present the winner of the choir’s twenty-fifth anniversary composition competition in the same concert, for which I was a judge. On the 18 December, I’ll be in London with The University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir for a performance of There is no rose (2013) in the university’s annual ‘Celebration of Carols’ at St Marylebone Parish Church. Then I’m off to the Lake District and Oxfordshire for Christmas!

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The Month Ahead

September 15th, 2019 66 comments

Autumn is a busy time for performances and premieres across the world (and it isn’t that often I can say that!). The 22 September sees the American premiere of my song cycle Lakesongs (2011) by Ellen Scholl, Matthew McBride-Daline and Kevin Bylsma in Toledo, Ohio with further performances in October. The 05 October sees a further Dutch performance of the Fourth Service (2018) by the Schola Liturgica Leeuwarden and Geke Bruining. The 06 October is an amazing day with three world premieres: Cappella Nova will give the first performance of Ave regina caelorum (2019) in Aberdeen, the Novantae Singers will give the premiere of Salve Regina (2019) as part of The Cumnock Tryst and Douglasville First United Methodist Church Choir will give the premiere of When in Our Music (2019) in Georgia, USA. The month finishes with the world premiere of a new song cycle Thistles and Roses (2019) by baritone Jeremy Huw Williams in Quebec, Canada on the 25 October.

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‘Fourth Service’ in The Netherlands

September 7th, 2019 595 comments

It was really nice to hear that the Schola Liturgica Leeuwarden will be giving the Dutch premiere of my Fourth Service [St Pancras] this Sunday (08/09) at the Grote Of Jacobijner Kerk, Leeuwarden, conducted by Geke Bruining. It’s been great to see so many performances of this work in the 18 months since its premiere, and fantastic to see it cross the North Sea to Holland. This is the fifth choir from the Netherlands to perform my music in the past three years.

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The Month Ahead

April 28th, 2019 280 comments

There are various performances of my work taking place in May and June, particularly as part of the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music. On the 11 May Il Suono will perform Invocation (2010) with the trumpeter from the work’s first performance, Simon Desbruslais in Hampstead with a performance of my organ work Exsultet (2014) the following day at St Pancras Church. On the 19th Eton College Choir will perform the work I wrote for them in 2012, Second Service [Eton College] as well as the English premiere of Locus iste (2017). The Harry Ensemble will tour two works of mine, Nunc Dimittis (2017) and Dream Tryst (2018) to Iceland on the 25-27 May. This period ends with the English premiere of The Twilight People (2017) in Oxford on the 15 June given by Jubilate, conducted by James Potter.

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The Month Ahead

January 30th, 2019 76 comments

There are a few performances of my music taking place in the next month, beginning with the Scottish premiere of Two de la Mare Songs (2012) in Aberdeen on the 30 January. Jillian Bain Christie (who gave the Scottish premiere of Lakesongs last year) will be accompanied by Ben Marsden. On the 27 February the university chapel choir will give the Scottish premiere of my recent Fourth Service (2018). Looking further ahead will see a further performance of the Fourth Service in Dundee, the UK premiere of For He is Our Peace (2016) in London, the premiere of Dream Tryst (2018) in Canterbury and performances of Green Grow the Rashes, O! (2016), Ave verum corpus (2008), Invocation (2010), Second Service (2012) and the English premiere of Locus iste (2017).

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‘Ave Maria, mater Dei’ on BBC Radio 3

November 17th, 2018 14 comments

It was nice to hear that my recent motet Ave Maria, mater Dei (2017) will be featured on BBC Radio 3 Choir & Organ this Sunday (18/11/18). The recording is the recent release from The Sixteen from their album Star of Heaven which explores the Eton Choirbook with newly composed motets in response to their medieval antecedents.

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‘Ave Maria, mater Dei’ in Cumnock and on CD

October 5th, 2018 20 comments

The autumn sees the Scottish premiere of my motet Ave Maria, mater Dei (2017) that was first performed by The Sixteen and the Choirboys of Eton College at Eton in May this year. The performers will again be The Sixteen and will take place at The Cumnock Tryst music festival in Ayrshire on Sunday 07 October. The piece has recently been recorded by the choir and will be released on a CD entitled Star of Heaven on The Sixteen’s CORO label in November. Looking further ahead, there are performances of my song-cycle Lakesongs (2011) and my motet Nunc Dimittis (2017) in Aberdeen in November.

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