Alun Grafton - contemporary music composer
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ALUN GRAFTON

Composer of contemporary music

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June 2019 saw a workshop of Saharan Danse for chamber orchestra by the London Contemporary Chamber Orchestra in London. This piece first began life as a computer generated item to accompany school children undertaking a particular mathematical challenge as part of an educational workshop. It has been orchestrated for a chamber orchestra as part of the “Continents” project organized by the London Composers’ Forum. September 2019 will see it's first public performance at St George the Martyr church, Borough, London.

In 2020 St Michael's church Sandhurst in Berkshire will celebrate 800 years since the church's foundation. To celebrate this occasion the church have commissioned a cantata on the theme of St Michael, the Archangel, for SATB choir, bass solo, string quartet and percussion. September 2019 will see  the  two liturgical items of the cantata being performed.  May 2020 will see the first performance of the complete cantata, which  has the working title of "....and the angels sing......."

An Akathist is a devotional chant or poem dedicated to a particular figure, in this instance the one to St Michael has been used. Alun has written a chant with introduction and conclusion of a shortened version of Akathist  for unison choir, organ with congregational involvement. This will be performed at 09.30 Parish Communion 29th September 2019.

A Prayer to St Michael uses the text written by Pope Leo 13th  as part of the Leonine Prayers and  was composed for SATB choir and organ. This will be performed at 18.30 Festal Evensong attended by the Rt. Revd, Dr. Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham, former rector of St Michael's, again on 29th September 2019.

FUTURE PERFORMANCES

28th September 2019. "Saharan Danse" op 89. LCCO. St George The Martyr, Borough, London.

29th September 2019. The Akathist to St Michael, the Archangel. St Michael's Church, (09.30 Parish Communion) Sandhurst, Berkshire.

29th September 2019. A Prayer for St Michael. St Michael's Church, (18.30 Festal Evensong) Sandhurst, Berkshire.

RECENT PERFORMANCES

29th June 2019. Workshop performance of "Saharan Danse" op 89 by LCCO, Herne Hill, London.

27th January 2019. "Noel!" op 81. St Michael's Church choir, Sandhurst.

15th December 2018. "Alleluia ! A new work is come on hand" op 82. Thames Voyces.  St Joseph's Bracknell.

16th December 2018. "Alleluia! A new work is come on hand" op 82. St Bartholomew's, Otford, Kent.

30th November 2018. Piano prelude no 3, op 27. Martin Jones. St Mary Magdalene Church, London.

29th September 2018. "....with immortal fire." op 78. LCCO. St George The Martyr, Borough, London.

27th March 2018. "Save us O Lord" op 80. Lay Clerks. Ripon Cathedral.

24th March 2018. Workshop performance of ".......with immortal fire" op 87 for chamber orchestra. London.