The new carol "Alleluia. A new work is come on hand" received it's first performance by Thames Voyces in their Christmas Concert at the end of last year. It was commissioned to celebrate 50 years of the existence of the choir. So many congratulations to Thames Voyces who have been going from strength to strength over recent years and now numbers 38 experienced and talent singers.
Over the winter, 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 awork for chamber forces though it has the traditional four movements.
As a result of these exercises, a new orchestral work has been completed called "........with immortal fire." This is a quote from the poem "Anthem for St Cecilia" by WH Auden and famously set to music by Benjamin Britten. It lasts for five minutes and is scored for chamber orchestra. It will be workshopped by the London Contemporary Chamber Orchestra in March this year.
In the meantime the
chorale prelude on “Aberystwyth” organ has been short listed for a possible performance at the London Festival of Contemporary Music in May this year. Last year the "missa brevis" was also short listed but unfortunately not performed.
Work has begun on a choral cantata on the theme of St Michael for performance in 2020. It will be scored for a bass soloist, SATB choir with organ, string quartet and percussion. That is the plan but time will tell. In between work on the new cantata work will continue on the revision and new editions of existing pieces.
24th March 2018. Workshop performance of ".......with immortal fire" op 87 for chamber orchestra. London.
27th March 2018. "Save us O Lord" op 80. Lay Clerks. Ripon Cathedral.
15th December 2018. "Alleluia ! A new work is come on hand" op 82. Thames Voyces. St Joseph's Bracknell.
TBC "Alleluia! A new work is come on hand" op 82. St Bartholomew's, Otford, Kent.
16th December 2017. "Alleluia! A new work is come on hand" op 82. Thames Voyces. St Joseph's Church. Bracknell
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.