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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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Competition Win

April 14th, 2017 No comments

I was very excited to hear that my anthem For He is Our Peace (2016) won the First Baptist Church, Worcester, Massachusetts, Tenth Anthem Competition this week. The piece will be premiered by the Chancel Choir of the Church on the 30 April during their annual arts and music week.

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Performances in Poland

April 14th, 2017 No comments

An odd coincidence sees the King’s College Chapel Choir (of Aberdeen University) on tour in Poland at the same time I will be there at a conference – unfortunately in a different city! They will be giving three performances of my motet O sacrum convivium (2012) in various venues around the historic city of Kraków and one performance of Veni Sancte Spiritus (2012).

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Juice Premiere

March 17th, 2017 No comments

Next Thursday (23/03/2017) the acclaimed vocal ensemble, Juice, will give the premiere of my new arrangement of the traditional English folksong, The Three Ravens at King’s College Chapel, Aberdeen. I’ve always found this tune fascinating, both the words and the music, so it was great to be able to work with it for this excellent ensemble.

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