Friday, 3 April 2015

Performance news - Tempus per Annum, Faith Hope and Charity and Learning to Make an Oud

St John's Church, Fulham
St John's Church, Fulham
My setting of Resurrexi, the Latin Introit for Easter Sunday will be performed by Ben Woodward on Saturday 4 April 2015, and the choir of St John's Church Fulham, as part of their 8.30pm Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter. The motet is from my collection of introits for the church's year, Tempus per Annum which I am releasing for free-download on CPDL. Recent premieres of motets from the collection have included performances by the Amaryllis Consort, Tim Byram-Wigfield and the choir of All Saints, Margaret Street, and Harmonia Sacra and Peter Leech included the Advent Introit Populos Sion in their Advent Concert and the group plans to include it on their forthcoming CD.

Another new version of Faith, Hope and Charity will be premiered by violinist Rupert Marshall-Luck and organist Duncan Honeybourne at All Saints’ Church, 1 Portland Road, Wyke Regis, Weymouth, DT4 9ES on Wednesday 6 May 2015, in a programme which also includes Richard Pantcheff's Sonata for Violin and Organ and music by Howells, Vaughan Williams, Darke, Bach and Tovey. (Further information from Rupert Marshall-Luck's website). This is the second instrumental version of the work to be premiered recently, my new arrangement of Faith, Hope and Charity for solo cello and choir was performed by cellist Corinne Morris, for whom the arrangement was made, with London Concord Singers, conductor Matthew Collins, at a concert on Thursday 18 December 2014 at St Botolph's without Bishopsgate, London.  

And further ahead, my new setting of Ruth Padel's poem Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth is being premiered on Friday 3 July 2015 at a concert at the church of St Vedast alias Foster, 4 Foster Lane, London EC2V 6HH. Set for unaccompanied choir, the piece will be performed by Alistair Dixon and Chapelle du Roi as part of a programme including Mundy's Vox Patris Coelestis and music by Byrd, de Monte and Tallis. There will also be music from the Middle East (incuding a real Oud) with voice, Arabic reed flute and lute, with Kalia (nay, voice) and Nikos Ziarkas (oud). Alistair Dixon and the Chapelle du Roi recently premiered my setting of The Advent Prose as part of their New Lamps for Old concert at St John's Smith Square, London on Saturday 6 December 2014, a programme which explores the links between 16th century composers and present day English composers.  

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