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Recent news

February 2018

I’ve just been awarded some funding by the National Library of Scotland to do a choral piece based on mathematics exam papers from the 1960s. This is going to be quite different from what I’ve written before! More news on that once I start writing it…

January 2018

Thank you to Creative Scotland for funding a new commission for The Edinburgh Singers! “I Brought Your Name To The River”, with text by Aine McAllister, will be premiered on 17th March in St Mary’s Cathedral, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, and performed again in Stirling on 18th March. (see a sneak preview on Twitter)

March 2018 flyer (interim)

Other upcoming premieres include “We Are One Voice”, with text by Euan Tait, at Beaconsfield Festival of Choirs on 3rd March 2018.

You can now purchase “The Kindness of Strangers” from MusicSpoke Publishing.

December 2017

The Edinburgh Singers performed “Adeste Fideles” in their 2017 Christmas concert.

“A New Year Carol” was performed by Carillon Singers (England) and Voces Inauditae (Scotland).

“Welcome Carol” from #choirsagainstracism was sung by Dunbar Youth Voices in their Christmas concert on 14th December, and by a children’s choir in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in their Christmas Eve service.

If you’re performing any of my works at Christmas, please let me know – it’s always good to hear of more performances.

November 2017

The Kindness of Strangers, with words by Brian Bilston, was premiered by the University of Glasgow Chapel Choir on 21st November. Here’s the recording:

Click here for a sample score, and/or to order copies for your choir.

“A New Year Carol” will be performed by Carillon Singers (England) and Voces Inauditae (Scotland) this Christmas! Here’s the recording from Voces Inauditae’s concert on 2nd December:

Three movements from “The Birlinn” for SATB choir and piano were premiered in St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, on 12th November – hear recordings and get perusal scores! Available for SATB choir or TBarB choir.
For a sample, listen to “Incitement to Sailing” below:

Strathaven Choral Society will be singing “In The Bleak Midwinter” at their Christmas concert on 3rd December.

I’m writing a new piece for Beaconsfield Festival of Choirs, with lyrics by Euan Tait. This will be sung by all the choirs at the end of each performance. Making it flexible enough for any size or combination of choirs is quite an interesting challenge…

October 2017

Thank you to the BBC Singers, who workshopped “The Beach” from #choirsagainstracism earlier this month! It sounded fabulous. Sadly I can’t share the recording in public as it was only a workshop – contact me privately if you’re interested in performing the piece and would like to hear this first.

September 2017

A little experiment – I’ve put up a new piece for which you can pay as much (or as little) as you want! It’s a 3-part round called “A Bicycle Wheel”, should be suitable for any level of choir.

August 2017

Best new pieces in 2016/17 – all collected together

Many of my pieces can now be purchased from MusicSpoke – all $2 per copy if you buy now!

Hear “My Father” from #choirsagainstracism in a beautiful new recording by KC VITAs chamber choir, Kansas:

And coming soon: “After Culloden” (easy, for SATB) will be performed by Rudsambee Company of Singers in Edinburgh, at St Giles’ Cathedral, Sunday 13th August, 6pm – admission free!

July 2017

Brian Bilston, the unofficial poet laureate of Twitter, has very kindly allowed me to set his poem “The Kindness of Strangers” to music. It’s written in memory of the bombings in London and Manchester (and set to music also with the tragedy at Grenfell in mind). It’s about 3 minutes long, for SATB (maximum divisi to SSAATBB, ideal if you’re a bit short on tenors), easy to medium difficulty.
Download a sample score
Hear an audio demo
Download a sample score with piano reduction

Adeste Fideles has been accepted for Project: Encore, which aims to get second (and further) performances for new choral works. Hear it below:

New! A New Year Carol – SATB with a few bars of soprano divisi. Would make a good closer or encore for a concert near Christmas, or (ideally!) for a concert around the start of the year. Download the score and hear an audio demo. £20 for a PDF to print unlimited copies, or £1 per printed copy (plus postage if outside the UK).
Janya – rescored for full orchestra

June 2017

My three SABar Scots songs, published by Spartan Press, will be performed by Heritage Masterworks Chorale on Saturday 9th September, in St Mary’s Church, Thirsk, North Yorkshire.

“My Father” will also be performed in Edinburgh by Voces Inauditae, on Saturday 16th September (SSAATTBB version).

Commissions coming up for Dingwall and District Choral Society, Napier University Chamber Choir, and the Edinburgh Singers!

And watch this space for exciting publication and CD news… working on the cover design now. In the meantime, enjoy these preview recordings:

May 2017

“In Springtime” from #choirsagainstracism was featured in a workshop by Dorking Camerata (Surrey, England) on 6th May conducted by Amy Bebbington, and has also just been recorded by the Reid Consort in Edinburgh: hear it below! More recordings coming soon. Thanks to Creative Scotland and the Hope Scott Trust for funding this:

April 2017

Sleep Songs: Wordless Lullabies For the Sleepless is fully funded on Kickstarter! I’ll be writing a wordless lullaby for American mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen. You can still support the project and order a copy of the album, scores of all the lullabies, or even a personalised recording.

On 7th and 8th April, the Reid Consort in Edinburgh recorded several of my works, including “Next Morning”, “3 Churches Mass”, and “In Springtime” from #choirsagainstracism. Those will be online soon!

Thank you to Quintessential Voices for recording “Mary Morison”! Listen below:

“Mary Morison” will also be included in Quintessential Voices’ concerts on 19th May (Hetton Methodist Church) and 11th June (Brancepeth Castle), both near Durham – concert details here.

March 2017

New pieces up at #choirsagainstracism – “3 Memories of Kurdistan” (The Beach, In Springtime and My Father) with words from Kurdish refugees, free to fight prejudice and hatred, or to raise funds for refugees or related causes. The PDF is available as a single download – get the SSSSAAAA version or the SSAATTBB version.

The University of Glasgow Chapel Choir gave the premiere of “No Man Is An Island” (version for men’s voices), another piece that’s part of #choirsagainstracism – hear a recording below!

You can read older news about my music here.