Composing is going to be on hold for a while as my wife and I have just had our second child! (Zoe, a sister to our 2-year-old daughter Robin).
But if you’d like to order music, or discuss a commission for 2016, now would be a very good time to do so as we try to support our growing family.
Upcoming performances – O Vos Omnes and Crux Fidelis will be performed by the Magnificat Choir of St John Cantius, Chicago – O Vos Omnes for the 12.30pm Mass on 22nd March, and Crux Fidelis in the Good Friday service.
More new pieces!
Drop, Drop, Slow Tears – for SSA trio
St Paul Responses – for SATB choir and cantor. Responses for Anglican evensong or similar services.
And a new recording on SoundCloud – The Peace Of God. Part of my set of three songs from Carmina Gadelica (for 3-part choir, SABar or ATB).
Another piece from the set, “God To Enfold Me” will be performed by a choir in Virginia during their tour of the northeastern US.
New pieces available!
A Mother’s Blessing – for SATB choir, easy. A beautiful piece for a baptism or christening, no divisi and simple to learn. £1 per copy or £20 for a PDF.
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (in Latin) for SSABar, SATB, ATBarB, or TTBB choir
See the Magnificat for SATB here (soprano and tenor soloists required, fairly tricky)
and the Nunc Dimittis for SATB here (some divisi for sopranos, moderate difficulty).
The price is £40 for a PDF of the set (or £3 per copy).
And a new recording – “Take Me Or Leave Me” for solo jazz vocalist and piano. Something a bit different to start the year! See the score here (available for alto or tenor, other transpositions on request).
The Mackintosh Choir in Glasgow gave the premiere of my 3-part arrangement of “Good King Wenceslas” and also performed my setting of “In The Bleak Midwinter” on 7th December at 7pm in the Mackintosh Church, Glasgow – hear them doing “Good King Wenceslas”!
Chicago A Cappella are performeed my arrangement of “We Three Kings” in concerts throughout Illinois, and All Saints’ Parish Choir in Peterborough, New Hampshire, sang my setting of “In The Bleak Midwinter” in their carol service on 21st December.
Thanks to Chigwell Choir for a great premiere of “Next Morning” – sadly the recording didn’t come out very well, but I hope we can perform the piece elsewhere. If other choirs are interested, here’s the score – for SATB choir (no divisi), organ and trumpet.
Several upcoming performances of my Christmas music – Chicago, New Hampshire, Isle of Man, and Glasgow so far! See all Christmas music here.
I had an excellent trip to the Association of British Choral Directors’ annual convention in Cardiff this month – thanks to funding from Creative Scotland, I was able to get a stall and promote my music there. Three new choirs have ordered pieces already – thank you to all those who took samples.
“God to Enfold Me” has been performed 3 times now by the National Youth Choir of Scotland’s Training Choir – most notably at the Edinburgh Culture Summit. It’s available for 3-part SABar choir or for 3-part ATB choir (which would suit mens’ voices).
O Praise The Lord Ye Angels Of His is now available on St Giles Cathedral Choir’s new CD “O Clap Your Hands” – order from McAlister Matheson Music in Edinburgh (UK orders here, international orders here).
New recordings available – God To Enfold Me and Come I This Day To The Father, both at Soundcloud. These were recorded by Matthew Curtis of choraltracks.com – I think they sound great. Both are fairly straightforward pieces for 3-part choir, available for SABar or ATB.
Some lovely feedback on “Solus Ad Victimam” from a choir in Missouri who ordered it recently: “Our choir read through your “Solus” Thursday night, and we loved it. It’s a superb setting of the text – very effective dramatically – and I’m delighted to find a worthy alternative to Leighton’s, which we do every few years for Maundy Thursday. Keep up the fine work.” You can see a score of the piece here (no recording yet).
The Edinburgh Singers’ recording of “In The Bleak Midwinter” is now up on YouTube!