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).
And my Compline setting for St Mary’s, Arlington, Virginia is almost finished – I’m particularly pleased with the eight-voice setting of the Lord’s Prayer that forms the centrepiece of it. Previews coming soon.
The Edinburgh Singers’ recording of “In The Bleak Midwinter” is now up on YouTube! Enjoy.
I’ve also changed the score pages – you can now see separate pages for each category of music:
- Choir music for Easter
- Requiem (you can order individual movements of the Requiem if you don’t need the whole piece)
- Choir music for Christmas
- Choir music for any time of year
- Non-religious choir music (for children’s choirs, secular adult choirs, etc.)
- Chamber music and solo pieces
- Arrangements for orchestra
- Free choir arrangements
Hopefully this is more helpful! If there’s a category you’d like to see, email and let me know.
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.
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.