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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.
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.