Later this month I will be giving a taster session on my new oratorio Noah’s Fire to members of the choir that commissioned it, the Chester Music Society choir at St Mary’s Church, Chester. I’ll be giving an introduction to the work, before rehearsing the choir in two movements from the work. It will be fun to feel like John Rutter or Bob Chilcott for the day! PAC
After a glut of performances of pieces (including four new pieces) in November and December I have uploaded five new recordings (as YouTube videos with the score). These are: Epitaph (2014 – performed by Roger Williams), Threnos (2014 – performed by the Aberdeen University Chamber Choir), Third Service (2014 – performed by Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir), O magnum mysterium (2005 – performed by the Aberdeen University Choral Society) and Sweet was the song (2014 – performed by Con Anim Chamber Choir). Great performances, great occasions. PAC
The London Welsh Chorale will give two further performances of O magnum mysterium (2005) firstly at the Welsh Nine Lessons and Carols at the London Welsh Centre, Grays Inn Road, London on the 14/12 at 18.30. The second performance will be at St Benet’s Welsh Church, London on the 16/12 at 19.00. Pob lwc to all involved!
Aberdeen-based chamber choir, Con Anima will give the première of my new carol Sweet was the song (2014) today at St Mary’s Chapel, Blairs, Aberdeenshire. They will give the second performance at King’s College Chapel, Aberdeen University later in the day. The third performance of this work will also be today (and the London première) at St Andrew’s Church, Holborn, London, given by the London Welsh Chorale conducted by Edward Rhys Harry. They will also give the London première of O magnum mysterium (2005). Busy day. PAC
This Tuesday (10/12/2014) will see another performance of There is no rose (2013) when the King’s College Chapel Choir (the chapel choir of Aberdeen University) will perform the work in the University Carol Service at St Machar’s Cathedral, Aberdeen.
Tomorrow (07/12) sees the London premiere of my carol There is no rose given by Voce Chamber Choir, conducted by Suzi Digby. The concert is at the Grosvenor Chapel in Mayfair, London at 19.00. I’ll be there! PAC
Tomorrow sees the world premiere of my third setting of the Evening Canticles, this time for the Girls’ Choir of Ely Cathedral. The work will be performed by the choir, conducted by Sarah MacDonald in that amazing Norman edifice. I’m also really excited to be able to attend the service (something I don’t always manage!).
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 premiere of O magnum mysterium (2005) 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.