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‘Come Unto Me’ in Guildford

Just a reminder to anyone in the Surrey area: ‘Come Unto Me’, written last year for Choir & Organ Magazine, will receive its first performance this Sunday, 19th February, at evensong in Guildford Cathedral. The service starts at 6:30pm. Full details are available here: http://www.guildford-cathedral.org/worship/services/2012-02-19 [07.08.2012 update: link no longer live]

World Premiere to take place in Guildford

The world premiere of my piece, Come Unto Me, will take place at Guildford Cathedral on Sunday 19th February, at 6:30pm. It will be performed by the cathedral choir during the Evensong service. Get directions to Guildford Cathedral.

The piece for unaccompanied four-part choir was commissioned by Choir & Organ magazine and written to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible in 2011. The score is available to download free of charge from the Choir & Organ website until March 2012.

Choir & Organ magazine feature

I am the featured ‘New Music’ composer in the current issue of Choir & Organ magazine (Sept/Oct 2011). You can read their interview with me about how I came to composition, the challenges I have overcome, how I write and what it means to me.

Even better, for the next six months, Come Unto Me is published on the Choir & Organ magazine website and you can download it for free. Click here to download the score. You can also download composer’s notes. [07.08.2012 update: the score is no longer available to download from Choir & Organ. Please contact the composer if you would like to purchase the sheet music.]

I’d love to hear your feedback on both the article and the music – and do let me know if you plan to sing it with your choir!

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.

King James Bible Composition Awards: Final

I received some exciting news last week: ‘Hast thou not known?’ has been shortlisted for the final of the King James Bible Composition Awards! It will be performed alongside the seven other shortlisted works (three others in the same category as me and four in the other category) at the beautiful Temple Church, London, on 17th May at 6pm.

To find out more and book tickets to the concert, where the winners will be announced, visit www.kingjamesbibletrust.org/community/king-james-bible-composition-awards.

‘Hast thou not known?’ was written for category B of this competition:

CATEGORY B (in partnership with the Royal College of Music)
Adjudicator: James MacMillan, in conjunction with Grayston Ives, Roxanna Panufnik, William Mival and James O’Donnell.
Requirement:
An anthem for an experienced choir (such as a cathedral, well-resourced church or professional group) in up to eight parts (SATB), unaccompanied or with organ, suitable for use in worship. Duration must not exceed eight minutes.
Prize:

• £2,000
• Performance by the Choir of Westminster Abbey at the service to mark the completion of the 2011 celebrations on 16 November 2011
• Publication by Chester Novello music publishers

Information on Category A:

CATEGORY A (in partnership with the Royal School of Church Music)
Adjudicator:
Bob Chilcott, in conjunction with Malcolm Archer, Margaret Rizza, Tim Ruffer and Philip Wilby.

Requirement:
An anthem or song for up to four vocal parts (SATB) and keyboard, suitable for use in worship. This should be composed with non-professional, less experienced, performers in mind, and be adaptable to whatever resources might be available, for example, optional instruments. Duration must not exceed four minutes.
Prize:

• £2,000
• Performance by the Royal School of Church Music Millennium Youth Choir
• Publication by the RSCM