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The Month Ahead

February 3rd, 2018 No comments

There are a few performances of my works taking place this month across the country. The wonderful Chapel Choir of King’s College, Aberdeen (our university chapel choir) will give two performances of my new motet Locus Iste (7 and 11 February) in the chapel, conducted by John F. Hudson. On the 4th, the choir of the Holy Trinity Church, York will give a performance of Nunc Dimittis (2017) conducted by John Bradbury. On the 18th there will be another outing of my first setting of the Evening Service (2009) at Ely Cathedral. On the 24-25 I will be in Stroud in Gloucestershire to attend a weekend residential course with the Genesis Sixteen choir who will be working on my new piece Ave Maria, mater Dei before The Sixteen give the premiere in May.

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US Premiere of ‘The World on Fire’

December 28th, 2017 No comments

It was a lovely pre-Christmas present to hear that my short work The World on Fire (2015) was given it’s US premiere on the 11 November by the Te Deum Chamber Choir, conducted by Matthew Christopher Shepherd. There were two performances of the piece in Kansas, in a fabulous looking programme including pieces by Dove and McDowell amongst others.

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‘Susanni’ Premiere and CD Release

December 18th, 2017 No comments

My work Susanni (2015) was premiered in Manchester last week by the exciting young chamber choir, Kantos, conducted by Elspeth Slorach. The same concert was also a CD launch for a new collection of contemporary Christmas carols entitled The Silver Stars at Play. The CD features works by Maxwell Davies, McCabe, Frances-Hoad and my PhD student Sarah Rimkus amongst many others. You can buy a copy here.

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Première of ‘The Twilight People’ by the BBC Singers

November 2nd, 2017 No comments

I’m very excited that the world renowned BBC Singers will be coming to the University of Aberdeen for a residence later this month, the highlight of which will be a concert on the 23 November in St Machar’s Cathedral. Amongst works by Mealor, Dove, Jackson and Kodaly they will be giving the world première of my new work The Twilight People a setting of the Irish poet Seamus O’Sullivan. It promises to be an excellent couple of days and one of the highlights of the musical calendar in North East Scotland.

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Performances in Leiden and Canterbury

October 6th, 2017 No comments

I’m very fortunate to have two performances this Sunday (08/10); firstly from the wonderful City of Canterbury Chamber Choir performing my Veni Sponsa Christi (2015) in Canterbury, conducted by their new conductor Edward Rhys Harry. The second is in the university town of Leiden in Holland, where Cappella Vocale will give the Dutch premiere of Three Partsongs (2008-2012), in a performance that I will be attending. This will be the third performance of my work in Holland in the last 12 months, which is great. Looking forward to spending time in beautiful Leiden.

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The Month Ahead

September 15th, 2017 No comments

There are various performance, recordings and premières taking place over the next couple of weeks. There are two performances of my motet Veni Sponsa Christi: performed by the Harry Ensemble in the atmospheric Douai Abbey in Berkshire (23/09) and the City of Canterbury Chamber Choir in Canterbury (08/10), both conducted by the fantastic Edward Rhys Harry. Our Chapel Choir at the University of Aberdeen will give the Scottish première of my recent Nunc Dimittis at the university on the 04 October and Capella Vocale will give the Dutch première of my Three Partsongs in Leiden on the 08 October (which I am looking forward to attending). The exciting new Manchester-based choir Kantos will record my carol Susanni on the 24 September for a recording on the Prima Facie label for release later this year.

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Premiere of ‘The King and His Shadow’

June 27th, 2017 No comments

This weekend sees the premiere of my new ‘pop-up’ opera, The King and His Shadow, in Aberdeen as part of the city’s ‘Silver City Stories’ weekend. My six minute opera (to a libretto by Peter Davidson) briefly describes the raising of the standard to proclaim James VII in 1715 and will take place at various times across the weekend in the city centre. The work will be performed by students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Aberdeen University and is directed by Bill Bankes-Jones.

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Irish Premiere of ‘The Three Ravens’

June 22nd, 2017 No comments

The female voice choir, Dulciana, will give the Irish premiere of my arrangement of The Three Ravens this Friday (23/06/2017) at Sandford Church in Dublin. They will give a second performance at the Freemason’s Hall in Dublin on Monday (26/06/2017). Good luck to all involved.

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Premiere of ‘Nunc Dimittis’ in Exeter

May 20th, 2017 No comments

This Sunday (21/05/2017) will see the premiere of my new motet Nunc Dimittis performed by the University of Exeter Chapel Choir, conducted by my former PhD student Ed Jones at the Mary Harris Memorial Chapel. The compline service will also feature music by Reger and Mealor.

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New CD Recording

May 8th, 2017 No comments

My short Christmas carol Susanni (2015) will be recorded later this year in Manchester for release on the Prima Facie label in time for Christmas. The CD, entitled The Silver Stars at Play, will feature works by many contemporary composers including Peter Maxwell Davies, John McCabe, Cheryl Francis-Hoad and my own PhD student Sarah Rimkus.

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