Star of Heaven

December 15th, 2018

My work Ave Maria, mater Dei (2017) will be released on a CD entitled Star of Heaven on Coro Records on the 02 November 2018. The recording is made by the internationally renowned choir, The Sixteen conducted by Harry Christophers, and features contemporary works by James MacMillan, Joseph Phibbs and Marco Galvani as well as works from the Eton Choirbook that inspired it. The choir gave the first performance of the work in May 2018.

02/11/2018: The CD was released today! Hoping for some good reviews. Or some comedy bad ones…

22/11/2018: Some honorary mentions in The Guardian and The Scotsman (which called my piece ‘attractive’) and a broadcast on BBC Radio 3 Choir and Organ (18/11/18) which called the piece ‘mystical’.

01/12/2018: The CD was given a favourable review on BBC Radio 3 CD Review, which referred to the ‘four very fine new commissions’. Was hoping for a little more if I’m honest…

15/12/2018: I was thrilled to hear that my recent work Ave Maria, mater Dei was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 again this month, on Record Review. The piece was incredibly well received by the panel of critics and the CD as a whole was one of their Records of the Year. Some of the nice comments about my piece included: ‘The Cooke is remarkable…in the background you get a flickering of candles, a halo of light, in the middle is a male choir adoring the Virgin’; ‘The soprano solos in the Cooke are absolutely beautiful’; ‘An incredibly striking piece’; ‘An angelic halo effect…amazing…beautiful’; ‘Beautiful female voices like a halo around the Madonna’. I’ll take that.




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