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ALUN GRAFTON

Composer of contemporary music

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The new orchestral work, "........with immortal fire.", received is first public performance in a concert of new orchestral music given by the London Contemporary Orchestra at St George the Martyr, Borough, London on Saturday 29th September. The title is a quote from the poem "Anthem for St Cecilia" by WH Auden and famously set to music by Benjamin Britten. There have been a few revisions to the work following on from the performance so now the composer is be 100% happy with the final piece.

In October the communion anthem "For you have tasted" for SATB choir unaccompanied has been completed. It lasts about 2 and half minutes and is less difficult than other such works for choir.

Later on this year "Alleluia! A new work is come on hand" will receive a further two performances, the first again given by Thames Voyces in Bracknell and then on the following day down in Otford, Kent. Likewise this carol-anthem has received some much needed revisions after its first performance last year.

Most of the time this year has been spent on the choral cantata on the theme of St Michael for performance in 2020. It is scored for a bass soloist, SATB choir with organ, string quartet and percussion. At the moment only three of the planned nine sections have been fully completed. In between work on the new cantata work will continue on the revision and new editions of existing pieces.

 

FUTURE PERFORMANCES

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.

 

 

RECENT PERFORMANCES

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.

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.