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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Over the next four years, 2014-18, Anna will be writing various musical responses commemorating the centenary of the First World War. The first of these is a Christmas carol which remembers specifically the ‘Christmas Truce’ of 1914, which saw men of both sides meet peacefully in the middle of No Man’s Land to exchange season’s greetings.
Choirs looking for a way of marking the start of WW1 in their programming for Christmas concerts may well be interested in this piece written specifically for performance in 2014. Whilst the carol is currently being composed, please get in touch to register your interest or to ask any questions. If you are interested in other music suitable for commemorating the Great War, take a look at Come Unto Me (SATB), Anthem for Doomed Youth (baritone solo) or get in touch regarding commissions, either vocal or instrumental.
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Sunday was my first visit to Guildford Cathedral and I was delighted to arrive in time to hear the choristers doing a quick run-through of my piece before Evensong. ‘Come unto me’, which I was commissioned to write by Choir & Organ Magazine, was given a stunning first performance by the men and boys of the cathedral choir during the Evensong service.
I would like to pass on my heartfelt thanks to all of them for putting so much into it, and particularly to their director Katherine Dienes-Williams. I also want to thank Shirley and Maggie of Choir & Organ for the wonderful opportunity, for making the arrangements and for coming along to witness the premiere.
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