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This setting of the traditional text of the Coventry Carol was written during the November lockdown of 2020. The carol refers to the Massacre of the Innocents, starting with a lilting gentle lullaby, proceeding to a more violent section, before returning to the haunting tranquillity of the lullaby to the doomed children. The exploration of harmony and colour plays an important role in this piece and the creation of different atmospheres. Whilst the approach to the setting of this text has a distinctly 21st-century flavour, musical references to the traditional English carol can also be heard.
This piece for SATB and organ takes the traditional words of the Sussex Carol, setting them in a joyful and light-hearted style. The main melody, although simple, provides rhythmic interest and forms the basis for all the verses. Variation within these verses comes from the exploration of harmony, rhythm and countermelodies in the other vocal parts and organ accompaniment. Indeed, the organ often provides interest in this piece and is an important driving force throughout with its syncopated lines. The vocal parts are deliberately designed to be accessible to choirs of all standards, with much unison writing, no divisi and a consideration for vocal range. Most importantly though, I hope that singers will have fun with this piece; I certainly did while composing it!
This unaccompanied SATB Latin text setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis was written during the spring and summer of 2020.
The Magnificat begins with a simple, lilting motif which grows organically and provides forward momentum to the work. This motif returns at many points throughout the Magnificat and once again towards the end of the Nunc Dimittis, providing an overall sense of coherence.
As with many of my compositions, harmony and colour play a particularly important role. Here I have enjoyed exploring the harmonic and timbral potentials of an unaccompanied choir. I do hope that choirs find it an interesting and rewarding work to sing in a liturgical context.
This set of Preces and Responses for unaccompanied SATB was written in the summer or 2019. At this time I was interested in exploring the music of evensong and wrote music that had a clear place within the liturgy. As with many of my compositions, harmony and colour play a particularly important role. My hope is that this will be a useful addition for choirs looking to expand their evensong repertoire with a new set of Responses and setting of the Lord's Prayer.
This unaccompanied SATB setting of a Roman Breviary hymn combines both the Latin text and English translation. The traditional plainsong melody forms the basis for the work, but is set in a more contemporary style. As with many of my compositions, the exploration of colour and harmony plays an important role in this work.
I hope that choirs enjoy singing this piece and that they find it an interesting addition to the Compline repertoire.