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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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New: Carmichael setting for double choir

Waverley Turner Carmichael was an African-American poet born in Alabama in the late 19th century. His poem ‘Keep me, Jesus, keep me’ has an attractive
call-and-response structure which lends itself ideally to song and particularly to a setting for double choir. Indeed, a collection of Carmichael’s poems was published in 1918 under the title, “From the Heart of a Folk: A Book of Songs”.

 The repetitive use of language in this poem is almost meditative. This new setting reflects this in the serenity of the majority of the music: openly spaced harmonies, calmly lilting time signatures and frequent pauses to hear the voices resonate and fade. In this respect, the work is particularly suited to cathedral performance. The same music is used to set the two strophes, with recurrence of the line, “Keep me, Jesus, keep me,” forming an imploring refrain. Preview the score.Carmichael's "From the heart of a folk"

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.