Delighted to announce that my piece “Next Morning” was chosen as the winner of the Chigwell Choir Young Composers’ Competition! Thank you to the choir, the judges, and the Imperial War Museum who kindly gave permission for the use of the text. It will be premiered by Chigwell Choir on November 15th at 7.30pm, at New Hall, Chigwell School, East London.
If you would like to see a score, please email me – it will be available on this site after the premiere.
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” – it should be available to order online soon from McAlister Matheson Music, or you can telephone the Cathedral to order a copy.
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.
Feedback from my latest commission: “I think this is going to be really stunning! Thank you, Chris, for a really expressive and wonderful work that will contribute to the repertoire for Compline in an important and innovative way.” Gregory Hooker, director of music, St Mary’s Episcopal Church, Arlington. Preview the setting of the Lord’s Prayer from the Compline service (SATBSATB, very difficult). Here’s more information about how to commission a piece from me.
And another short new piece – As The Rain Hides The Stars – for SATB choir (some divisi, min. 2 singers per part). Medium difficulty. Single copies £1.50, PDF £25.
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!