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ALUN GRAFTON

Composer of contemporary music

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Only one new work has been completed over the autumn as most of the time has been spent on the revision and computer setting of older compositions.

The new work is a setting of "Lenten is come to town" for tenor, two bass parts with a piano accompaniment lasting four minutes. The new carol "Alleluia. A new work is come on hand" has received a final editing and check through ready for it's first performance later this year by Thames Voyces. (For details please see below)

Praeludium 6 for chamber orchestra has received a complete revision from start to finish. Much of the material has been rewritten and orchestrated. Nevertheless it still runs to 6 minutes.

Praeludium 5, commended in the 2003 Oare International Composers' competition, has been reset on the computer to produced a clearer and easier edition to read, including the parts.

At the moment the composer has been fine tuning his orchestral writing skills with some exercises in writing for such large forces and complexity. His only full scale orchestral work the Symphony op 58 is really a work for chamber forces though it has the traditional four movements. As for future projects, work will begin early next year on a choral cantata for performance in 2020 as well as the continuation of the project of settings in Latin from the Cambridge Song.

FUTURE PERFORMANCES

16th December 2017. "Alleluia! A new work is come on hand" op 82. Thames Voyces. St Joseph's Church. Bracknell..

RECENT PERFORMANCES

9th April 2017. "Iesu, who this our lententide" op 23. The Church choir, St Michael's Church, Sandhurst, Berkshire

27th November 2016. "Masters in the hall" op 26. Advent Carol Service.St Michael's Church.Sandhurst, Berkshire

28th May 2016. Songs for Soprano and piano. "Now Welcome Summer" op 19c, "Colours and Summer Days", op 63 "Busy Bee and Squeak (the final two from "carmina d'animalibus" op 76). Portsmouth Grammar School. Lucy Cronins, soprano, and Oliver Hancock, piano.

26th April 2015.Suite for piano op 5. Portsmouth Grammar School. Karen Kingsley.

14th March 2015."O Perfect Love" op 60. The Church choir, St Michael's Church, Sandhurst, Berkshire.