Devon Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum have come together to commission new chamber works in response to objects in the museum, as part of the 2020 CoMA Festival. Anna’s commission, inspired by the case of 18th and 19th century pocket watches in the local history gallery, is timepiece.
timepiece is a minimalist work for string quartet with elements of percussion – a chime and optional mechanical metronome – played by the string players. It brings to life the cabinet of tiny clockwork mechanisms, building a multilayered euphony as motifs gradually layer upon each other. Rhythms, harmonies and textures grow as the structure evokes seconds, minutes, hours, and the night-chimes of the early pocket watches on the
quarter-hours which allowed the carrier to tell the time in the dark before gas or
electric light was invented.
Members of Devon Philharmonic Orchestra will give the world premiere performance of timepiece in Exeter, beside the case of pocket watches that inspired it, on Saturday 7th March. Tickets are on sale from the museum.
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Amidst the musical frenzy of Christmas – carolling and concerts everywhere – I met with the musical director of Devon County Junior Choir. The choir will be singing a special evensong in Exeter Cathedral in July 2012 and I am delighted to have been asked to write a new anthem for the service.
Next step… choose a text!
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Hast thou not known? was premiered on Tuesday 17th May by the Royal College of Music Junior Department Chamber Choir at the beautiful Temple Church, London, in the finals of the King James Bible Composition Awards. It was a lovely evening of new choral music, each piece very different but equally exciting. I love listening to new music – you don’t often get the chance to hear much down in Devon!
The piece was one of four finalists in ‘Category B’ (a piece for professional choir) and received excellent feedback from the adjudicating panel, which included James MacMillan, Roxanna Panufnik and James O’Donnell, and from the audience.I am grateful to the choir and their conductor Joy Hill for doing such an excellent job. You can find out more about the event and the other composers here.
I am very pleased to announce that, as a result of the competition, I have been commissioned to write a new piece for Choir & Organ magazine. So although I didn’t win, I am thrilled to have been a finalist in this international competition. It is onwards and upwards, and I am ever more determined to write. I’m glad there’s another bank holiday on the horizon!
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