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New string quartet inspired by museum collections

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.

 

Torquay and Crediton concert performances

High quality chamber choir the Torbay Singers will be performing Anna’s music in two concerts this summer.

Conductor Tina Guthrie will lead the choir and audience on a musical journey around the world. The mixed programme will include Anna’s folk-like anthem for Devon, Devon, My Home, alongside music from further afield by composers including Copland, Rutter, and Rachmaninov. Performances will take place in Torquay and Crediton (as part of CredFest), the latter in aid of the Music Endowment Fund of Crediton Parish Church:

‘A World of Song’ (Torquay)
Saturday 17 June, 7:30pm
Church of St John the Apostle, Montpellier Road, Torquay TQ1 1BJ
Tickets: £10 (under 25s in full-time education FREE) by phone from 01803 782677 or from Visitor Information Centre, 5 Vaughan Parade, Torquay. Some tickets may be available on the door.

‘A World of Song’ (Crediton)
Sunday 18 June, 3:00pm
Crediton Parish Church, Church Lane, Crediton EX17 2AH
Tickets: £8 + 10% booking fee (under 18s free) online from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/ELFEEH

 

A Carol from Flanders published – available soon

Great news: A Carol From Flanders is to be published by Recital Music and will soon be available for purchase. The work, for SATB choir and organ, has been written especially for the centenary of the First World War ‘Christmas Truce’ which famously took place on Christmas Day 1914. If you are starting to think about planning the winter concert programmes for your choir or choral society, this carol would be the perfect way to mark one hundred years since the outbreak of WW1. Do get in touch for more information, as we can provide audio and score samples before you buy, or visit Recital Music.

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Song for St. Therese

My latest piece has been wrapped up and sent to its commissioner, Devon County Junior Choir. Written for a July evensong in Exeter Cathedral which coincides with the 2012 Majesty Flower Festival, I was drawn to the idea of nature as a reflection of God’s love and a metaphor for His power. Bringing passages from across the Old Testament together with the words of St. Therese of Lisieux, the “Little Flower of Jesus”, I explored this theme through folk-inspired modalities.

It is written for SSA with keyboard accompaniment, intended for junior choir but equally suitable for an all-female chorus. You can see a sample of the score in my Portfolio. Catch the first performance at evensong in Exeter Cathedral on Saturday 7th July 2012.

Devon County Junior Choir

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!