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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.