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Happy New Year!
The dust is beginning to settle from 14 carol services and it's beginning to sink in that March is really not that far away! For those of you following my progress with On Windover Hill, there seem to be almost daily developments and it's tricky to keep all channels of social media and this website up to date!
Tickets are selling very well and I would encourage you not to delay purchasing yours. Advertising is now live on the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's own website so we are expecting things to be hotting up even further!
Please also keep Saturday 1st February as a date in mind for something quite exciting that I shall be announcing soon...
In other news, I'm delighted that my arrangement of the Finale from Beethoven's Choral Symphony 'Ode to Joy' (down a major 3rd) will be performed as part of the his 250th anniversary. Details to follow soon!
My 'Christmas Chimes' was performed by no less than 3 choirs over the festive period - my heartfelt thanks to them for including it in their programmes. My latest featured work (below) is a short anthem suitable for Easter. It's completely free to download - just drop me a line on social media to let me know if you'd like to perform it!
Have a very happy new year!
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A Prayer to the Sacrament of the Altar
For SATB choir & organ
I really enjoy seeking out ancient texts that lend themselves to musical settings, almost as much as I do actually writing the music! Charity Shops can be good hunting grounds for obscure books and this short 14th Century text was found in such a purchase of Medieval texts.
The melody opens unaccompanied, with the tenors and basses singing verse 1 in unison. Verse 2 treats the melody in canon between the top 2 and bottom 2 lines; verse 3 ends the piece with the melody in the tenor line accompanied by a simple descant and harmony.
This short anthem was given its premiere in May 2019 at the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music.
Click score for a free download