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Bring us, O Lord God is a setting of words by John Donne, ideal for funerals, Remembrance and around the feast of All Souls. The music draws out the natural comfort and sense of hope found in the text, and offers the listener a few moments of calm through the tuneful melody and subtle contrasting sections. The final amen includes shades of Gerald Finzi, whilst overtones of William Harris can be detected through the various changes of key. This is a pleasing work to sing and to listen to, and will be a valuable addition to the repertoire of any choir.
A tender shoot sets Bartholomew's well-known words to a new tune, heard in the soprano and then in the tenor, alongside pleasant choral
harmonies. The piece is suitable to be sung in Advent and Christmastide as it speaks of the Christ who is to come.
This expressive piece is fun for those singing whilst being accessible to those listening.
Missa Brevis is a short and characterful setting of the Latin Mass for SATB choir (with divisi). Each movement embodies the character of
the words, from haunting and pleading settings of the Kyrie and Agnus Dei to a joyful Gloria incorporating a middle plainsong-inspired
section sandwiched between a jubilant conversation between the upper and lower voices. The Sanctus and Benedictus are harmonically
pleasing with gradual crescendi and diminuendi.
An important aspect of this work is the different harmonic textures presented from the sparse opening of the Agnus Dei to full eight-part chords. This work will be a valuable addition to any choir library.
Holy is the true light was commissioned by the choirs of St Wulfram's Church, Grantham for their singing of the 2018 annual commemoration of the Battle of Bosworth in Leicester Cathedral. The text is suitable for saints days as well as Remembrancetide. The work features lyrical melodies built above a variety of harmonic textures with dynamics that ebb and flow with the meaning of the words. Rewarding to sing and nice to listen to, this piece would make a fine addition to your choir library.
Ave Verum Corpus sets the 14th century eucharistic text for SATB choir (with some divisi). It starts in a calm manner with a single alto
note, and returns to this feeling of stillness twice in the piece. In between are surges of sound where the harmonies gradually build up
before being released and returning to the stillness.
This is a meditative work with gorgeous chords and sweeping vocal lines, and is designed to complement the liturgy of communion. Ave Verum Corpus was written in 2017 for Tim Williams and the choirs of St Wulfram's, Grantham, where this work is a well-loved and regularly performed addition to the repertoire.