Highlights of 2014 include the premiere and recording of the Cello Concerto and various works associated with WW1 commemorations such as We will remember them and An den Tod.
Bells of Paradise
This work for SATB and organ, originally commissioned by Robert Gurd of the Ealing Choral Society, was performed 5 Jan – St Albans, Holborn as part of Epiphany Carol Service.
Flower of cities
This cycle, a panorama of London, was commissioned in 2000 by the baritone David Morris, who gave performances of the songs in London and Dartington, most recently on 25 January at Ripley Arts centre with John Skae as part of Bromley Music Makers concert series. CDExcerpts Score Programme Notes Concert Archive
The Dhammapada is a collection of sayings of the Buddha transmitted orally before being written down 2,000 years ago. Set for small choir, it is full of beguiling melodic arabesques. It was conducted by Jake Muffat in York on 25th February. CDExcerptsVideoScoreReviewsProgramme NotesConcert ArchivePress Release
i carry your heart
This sensitve SATB setting of e e cummings’ poem was recording on 1 March i carry your heart (e e cummings) for commercial CD by Chantage.
Flower of cities
Previously included in the final concert of the Olympic celebrations in 2012, on 11 March it was heard again, sung by Gareth John as part of the Kensington and Chelsea Music Society series.
Lullaby for a lost soul
Exerpts from this setting by Ronald Corp of Francis Booth’s ‘Dark, stark and abstract poetry’ for countertenor, vibraphone, flute and cello were sung by Magid El Bushra at a Vernon Ellis concert on 12 March. Corp’s subtle allusions to Dowland’s melancholic vision is particularly engaging.
A recording featuring Magid El-Bushra (countertenor), Jill Carter (flute), Matthew Turner (vibraphone) and Julia Desbruslais (cello) took place at St. Silas the Martyr, London in September, 2012. CD Excerpts Score Programme Notes
Music of Larkin
On 15 March ‘Trees’ and ‘Water’ from the Music of Larkin were sung by Lee Tsang.
This SATB and organ setting of O praise God in his holiness was performed by Chigwell Choir on 22 March.
The Music of Francis Thompson & two songs
The songs ‘Arab love song’ and ‘Envoy’ from The Music of Francis Thompson and songs When I have fears and O mistress mine at St James’ Piccadilly on 27 March.
This tripartite cantata for SA chorus and chamber orchestsra or piano was heard on 28 March performed by the Kent College Junior Choir.
This engaging, rhythmically buoyant orchestral work was premiered on 3 April by the Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. score
13 April Antiphon (Let all the world in every corner sing) St John’s Fulham.
A New Song
26 April A New Song Bruton Parish Church, Williamsburg, Virginia.
My Lord, my God, to Thee I pray
15 May My Lord, my God, to Thee I pray Wells Cathedral Choir
16 May Laudate Dominum St Pancras Church Choir at the National Gallery
Scherzo and Cantilena
2014 – perf of Scherzo and Cantilena by NLO at Grosvenor Chapel Oct 7 2014
This dramatic organ work, written for Daniel Moult, was played by its dedicatee on 29 October in a Broadcast Evensong from Gloucester Cathedral.
We will remember them
An den Tod
These deeply felt anthems were performed on 7 November by the London Chorus at Naval Chapel, Greenwich. An den Tod was a premiere.
And all the trumpets sounded
8 November And all the trumpets sounded Highgate Choral Society at All hallows, Gospel Oak
Never weather-beaten sail
This serene setting of Campion’s poem for SATB unaccompanied choir was performed on 16 November by St Albans’ Holborn Choir. Score
Various carols from finely crafted original compositions such as I saw Three Ships to eminently singable arrangments such as Lyontovych’s Carol of the Bells were heard throughout December.