December sees a busy end to the year with performances across the country and further afield. It begins on the 3 December with the premiere of my Third Service [Ely Cathedral] performed by the Girl Choristers of Ely Cathedral, conducted by Sarah MacDonald at evensong in the cathedral. The University of Aberdeen Choral Society will give the Scottish premieres of O magnum mysterium (2005) and Laetemur Animo (2009) at two concerts at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Aberdeen on the 6 December. The 7 December sees Voce Chamber Choir, conducted by Suzi Digby, give the London premiere of There is no rose (2013) at 19.30 at the Grovsener Chapel, Mayfair. The 10 December sees another performance of There is no rose given by the King’s College Chapel Choir of Aberdeen at St Machar’s Cathedral as part of the University Carol Service (the choir will have performed the piece on tour to Hungary earlier in the month). The 13 December sees the Aberdeen choir, Con Anima, give the premiere and second performance of Sweet was the song (2014), whilst in London the London Welsh Chorale will give the London premiere of the same piece as well as the London premiere of O magnum mysterium. I hope to be at as many as I can! PAC
This Tuesday will see the première of my new work for cello and choir, Threnos (2014) performed by the Aberdeen University Chamber Choir, with Peter Davis (cello), conducted by Paul Mealor. This should be a hugely exciting concert with works by Paul and I, and by our post-graduate students: Ed Jones, Gemma McGregor, John Hudson and Tom LaVoy. The concert is in King’s College Chapel, Aberdeen at 19.30.
My first setting of the Evening Service is performed three times this week (which is lovely!) – firstly by the girl’s choir and lay clerks of Ely Cathedral on Monday in evensong, followed by a performance in evensong the day after at Selwyn College, Cambridge by the Chapel Choir. Both conducted by the wonderful Sarah MacDonald. The Choir of St Bride’s, Fleet Street, London perform the work on Sunday conducted by Robert Jones. Alas, I can’t make any of them (it’s quite a jaunt from Aberdeen), but I will be going to the first performance of the Third Service at Ely in December.
Tomorrow sees the premiere of my new organ piece, Epitaph (2014) performed by celebrated organist Roger Williams at King’s College Chapel, Aberdeen University. The concert, which is part of the 2014 Sound Festival, is at 19.30 and features a new work by my student Peter Relph alongside more standard repertoire. Peter, Roger and I will be in discussion after the concert. The concert is free.
Composer and broadcaster Michael Berkeley (aka Lord Berkeley of Knighton) will be visiting Aberdeen University this week (29-30/10) for a two day visit. Michael will be giving tutorials and a lecture as well as attending a concert of his works (and some by his father) given by the University Contemporary Music Group (of which I am the director). I will be discussing some of these works with Michael during the concert.
November marks the beginning of a busy end to the year with four premieres in the next two months and several regional premieres as well. The month begins with the premiere of my new organ work Epitaph (2014) given by Roger Williams as part of the Sound Festival at the King’s College Chapel in Aberdeen on the 4th. The 10th and 11th has back to back performances of the Evening Service (2009) firstly by the Girls’s Choir and Lay Clerks of Ely Cathedral, then by the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge, both conducted by Sarah MacDonald. Sunday the 16th features another performance of the Evening Service this time by the Choir of St Bride’s, Fleet Street, London, conducted by Robert Jones.The month finishes with the premiere of Threnos (2014) my new work for choir and cello, performed by the University Chamber Choir, conducted by Paul Mealor again in the King’s College Chapel at 19.30 on the 24th.
This Sunday (31/08/2014) will see another performance of my Morning Service (Te Deum and Jubilate, 2010-11) given by the St Paul’s Cathedral based female choir Aurora Nova. The performance will take place at the Matins service at 10.15 and will be conducted by Patrick Craig.
I’ve finally got round to putting up some recently composed pieces. They are as follows: Epitaph – an organ work for Roger Williams that will be performed in November, Exsultet – another organ work premiered at the LFCCM in May this year, Praeludium – for organ pedals, premiered by Ed Jones at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Aberdeen in July, Third Service [Ely Cathedral] – a setting of the evening canticles which will be premiered by Ely Cathedral Girl’s Choir early next year and Threnos – a work for choir and cello which will be premiered by the Aberdeen University Chamber Choir in November. There are various recordings and YouTube videos that I’ve put up, though many of these have been superseded by the CD release. More to follow soon. PAC
Organist Ed Jones will give the premiere of my piece for pedals only Praeludium (2013) at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Aberdeen this Saturday (19 July) in a recital inlcuding works by Bach and Vivaldi. Ed will also give another performance of my early organ work Elegy (2003) at Ely Cathedral during evensong on Friday 08 August. PAC
On Wednesday (14/05) the year of organ music continues with the world premiere of my new work Exsultet commissioned by the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music and performed in this year’s festival by Leon Charles. The service is to be braodcast on BBC Radio 3 Choral Evensong and features new works by Anthony Pitts, Roxanna Panufnik and Alexander Campkin. The service is broadcast at 15.30. Exsultet takes the opening words of the Easter Vigil as its inspiration, but more importantly it features a large quotation from a recent pop song – a free CD and a packet of biscuits if anyone recognises it!