Lots of news on “God to Enfold Me”! It’s been performed 3 times now by the National Youth Choir of Scotland’s Training Choir – most notably at the Edinburgh Culture Summit – and has been accepted for a reading session at the Association of British Choral Directors (ABCD) convention in Cardiff later this month. Available for 3-part SABar choir or for 3-part ATB choir (would suit mens’ voices). I’m also going to the ABCD convention to sell my music (and hopefully music from a few other Scots composers) thanks to a grant from Creative Scotland.
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.
My new Compline setting was premiered by St Mary’s Schola in June 2014 at the Conference of the Association of Anglican Musicians.
Kwazulu-Natal Youth Choir perform “O Vos Omnes” on 25th July and 1st August.
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 performances coming up in South Africa! Kwazulu-Natal Youth Choir will be singing “O Vos Omnes” at several venues over the summer.
Three short new pieces for ATB or SABar choirs (no divisi, could be done by just three singers!) – all at my “suitable for any time of year” page.
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!