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A Quiet Night In

A new piece by Anna will be performed at ‘A Quiet Night In’ at Exeter’s Spacex Gallery on Friday 29th January. AQNI is an Exeter new music concert series with a rapidly growing following. Curated by Emma Welton, the programme asks the audience to listen in a new way with a focus on quiet music. Anna’s new piece is under development and will explore this theme.

Tickets for January’s Quiet Night In are available from Exeter Phoenix.

AQNI

Missed the BBC broadcast?

Hear  Hast thou not known? and an interview with the composer (moi!) on Aled Jones’ Radio 3 programme The Choir, on the BBC iPlayer for 7 days from today: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b011ty04/The_Choir_King_James_Bible_Composer_Awards/ – 23 minutes in.

In other news, the latest commission, Come unto me, is very nearly finished. I completed the last section on Saturday and have a couple of days left to make any final edits and do all the ‘tidying’ and checking – accidentals, lyrics, layout, etc. A different style to the celebratory Hast thou not known?, it is a calm and gentle setting (mostly!) written for a capella SATB choir.

BBC Radio 3 broadcast confirmed – and change of date

In the midst of scribbling away for my Choir & Organ magazine commission, I have received confirmation that all of the pieces from the finals of the King James Bible competition will be broadcast by the BBC. The date has changed though. Tune into Radio 3’s ‘The Choir’ on Sunday 12th June, 6:30-8:00pm:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b011ty04

A new commission

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!

By popular demand

I have had a number of requests from people wanting to be able to listen to my music online. Thanks to my recent discovery of SoundCloud.com, I am excited to announce that this is now possible! Head to my Listen page to hear three newly uploaded tracks. Alternatively, visit my SoundCloud profile.