New arrangement! “Good King Wenceslas” for SAB or SABar – could be done by choir or a trio, ideal if you’re a bit short on male singers but still want something with a little challenge. See a copy here and listen to a recording (realised with woodwind sounds – it would also make a decent instrumental piece for any trio).
Performances in the US: Chicago A Cappella will be performing “In The Bleak Midwinter” in their Christmas concerts – full schedule here.
And performances in the UK: the Edinburgh Singers’ concert on 14th December will include “Balulalow” and “In The Bleak Midwinter”, and the Edinburgh University Singers will be performing “Balulalow” in the University Carol Service.
The recording of “O Praise The Lord, Ye Angels of His” is up on Soundcloud – listen here! And some lovely feedback from Michael Harris, the conductor: “very many thanks for your anthem; it was tremendously well-received this morning, and so many people said to me at the reception how much they enjoyed it, and how effective they had found it. I think a lot of people were really moved by it. Congratulations.”
My next commission is a Compline setting for a church in Virginia. Better get to work!
Commission completed! “O Praise The Lord, Ye Angels Of His” will be premiered at St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh on 29th Sept. “Sounds very exciting, and just what we wanted” – Michael Harris, Master of the Music.
The month of August has been very productive – sales to South Africa, Wisconsin, and Chicago!
The Amemptos CD of “Requiem” should be out for Christmas! In non-musical news, we’ve moved house now, and living in Edinburgh is wonderful.
Balulalow was performed at Aberdeen University Choral Society’s Carol Service on 9th December: “Balulalow went down very well on Sunday. One student in the audience came up to me after the 4pm performance and said that he wanted to join the Choral Soc on the basis of having heard your piece! The resonant acoustic of St Andrew’s Cathedral made the chord modules sound wonderful – clever idea! Choral Soc loved it… Thanks again for sending it up and congratulations on a wonderful piece.” – Prof. Pete Stollery, conductor, University of Aberdeen
Teaching – some lovely feedback: “Thank you so much again for coming down to Manchester recently. I really enjoyed meeting you and talking about your work and about composing in general. The students greatly benefited from the masterclass sessions, and were buzzing about it for some time afterwards. I think they have “borrowed” a few of your ideas (the mobiles cropped up in one piece soon afterwards!). You pitched it exactly right in terms of helpful comments and constructive criticism.” – Jeremy Pike, Chetham’s School of Music, following masterclasses given to students this month.