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My recent compositions Pater Noster and A Night Prayer, both for SATB, have now been published by Encore.  Copies are available from this link.

The choir of St John’s, Victoria, BC gave the premiere of song to bring us home, a setting of words by Lucy Crispin, on the 24 June.  I also teamed up with Lucy Crispin again to produce a piece for a new Multitude of Voyces project.  This is now complete, set up for printing and ready to roll.  

Tim Knight Music has just published my new carol, Adam lay y-bounden for unison voices and piano.  

I recently became the first composer-in-residence for Penistone Ladies Choir.  They will be performing an SSA arrangement of Sing Lullaby this autumn, and I am looking forward to writing a new piece for them in 2023.  

I’m also soon to embark on a new commission: a concerto for flute and piano.  More details to be announced, but it’s not going to be the usual kind of concerto…

UPCOMING EVENTS

Various performances including Sing LullabyAdam lay ybounden and Noel: Verbum.  Details to be posted when I have them.

PAST EVENTS

6 August 2022

The choir of St Wulfram’s, Grantham, dir. Dr Tim Williams performed song to bring us home at Pride Evensong at Ely Cathedral.

17 July 2022

When I look at the Heavens was premiered by St Mary’s Scholars, dir. Mark Swinton, at St Mary’s, Warwick.  This composition was commissioned in memory of St Mary’s Scholar Helen Black.

24 June 2022

The choir of St John’s, Victoria, BC, gave the premiere of song to bring us home, a commissioned work made in collaboration with the poet Lucy Crispin.

 

18 June 2022

Cana: What Mary Knew (a setting of words by the superb poet Lucy Crispin) received its premiere performance by Duodecimo at St George’s, Kendal.

 

22 May 2022

Mark Swinton performed my organ voluntary Fantasia on Diva Servatrix after Eucharist at St Mary’s, Warwick.  

20 May 2022

Love Unchangèd received a second performance by the Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus, dir., Barry Singer, as part of “Music for a Spring Evening: The Shakespeare Connection”.
First Parish Unitarian Universalist, Arlington, MA.  

15 May 2022

The Choir of St John the Evangelist, Redhill, dir. Clement Hetherington, sang my Pater Noster, now published by Encore, as part of this years London Festival of Contemporary Church Music.

8 May 2022

My Evening Canticles in D were performed at Evening Prayer at Fitzwilliam Chapel, Cambridge, choir directed by Catherine Groom.  You can review the livestream here.

1 May 2022

Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus, dir. Barry Singer, gave the long-delayed premiere of my Shakespeare Cycle Love Unchangèd:

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26 March 2022

The Good-Morrow was performed by Eden Baroque at Cumbria Rural Choirs Festival at St Andrew’s Church, Penrith.  

The Daffodils was premiered at Cumbria Rural Choirs Festival at St Andrew’s Church, Penrith, by Cumbria Singers, dir., Ian Jones.  

The Daffodils, was co-premiered by Furness Music Society.  Details TBA.

 

23 January 2022

The choir of Fitzwilliam College Chapel, Cambridge University, dir., Catherine Groom, performed Sing Lullaby at Evensong.

11 January 2022

Beth Ratay published a YouTube recording of her performance of my flute trio Fantaisie sur le nom de Josquin des Prez.  

24 December 2021

Live Broadcast! Noel: Verbum was sung during the Midnight Mass from Salford Cathedral, which you hear on BBC Radio 4.

19 December 2021

Noel: Verbum was sung in Carols by Candlelight in Salford Cathedral, dir., Alex Patterson.  

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Noel: Verbum also featured in the Carol Service at St John-the-Divine in Victoria, British Columbia, dir., David Stratkauskas.

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11 December 2021

Questors Choir, dir., Paul Ayres, performed Hard is the Road to Bethlehem in St Martin’s, West Acton.

6 December 2021

The choir of Woldingham School, dir., Peter Sparks, performed an arrangement of Noel: Verbum Caro Factum Est in Westminster Cathedral.  

LIVE LINK: https://youtu.be/3xJ9bAbaXXo (starts at just after 1 hour into the video)

Leeds Cathedral Choirs, dir., Benjamin Saunders performed Noel: Verbum Caro Factum Est at the lunchtime concert in Leeds Cathedral.  (I was there and applaud the choirs on their terrific singing!  What a treat to hear Britten’s Ceremony of Carols performed to such a standard and with harp.)

5 December 2021

The Choirs of Leeds Cathedral, dir., Benjamin Saunders, performed Noel: Verbum Caro Factum Est at their Nine Lessons and Carols. https://youtu.be/iYvTB7AKGHU (starts about 25.40).

3 December 2021

City Chorus, dir., Paul Ayres, performed Hard is the Road to Bethlehem in St Andrews, Holborn, London.

28 November 2021

Harmonia Sacra, dir. Peter Leech, performed the Multitude of Voyces version of Noel: Verbum at their Advent Reflections Concert at St Thomas the Martyr, Bristol.  

8 November 2021

The Choir of Fitzwilliam College Chapel, Cambridge University, dir. Catherine Groom, gave the first performance of my Evening Canticles in D major at Evening Prayer.  You can hear their energetic performance here: https://youtu.be/R0hj7F3YCrU?t=1094

16 June 2021

My new motet, Peace I leave with You, was performed for the first time by the choir of Somerville College, Oxford, dir., Will Dawes, as part of their Choral Contemplation for Pride Month.

The service begins with Luca Morgante’s lovely improvisation on themes from Peace I Leave with You.  A big thumbs up from me!

6 June 2021

The choir of St John the Divine, Victoria, BC performed my Chester Service at Evensong.  Online stream here.

3 June 2021

The choir of Mansfield College, Oxford University, dir. Joseph Lord, sang my setting of In Paradisum as part of their Evening Service.  Online stream here.

29 May 2021

City Choir Dunedin, dir., David Burchell, gave the premiere perfomance of my Beethovenian tribute Von Herzen at Knox Church, Otago, New Zealand.  

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Concert review here.

11 May 2021

A recording of the BBC Singers, dir. Owain Park, performing my carol Noel: Verbum Caro Factum Est was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as part of the 2 PM Afternoon Concert.  You can hear their wonderful rendition at this link.

23 December 2020

The Choir of St John the Divine, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, dir. David Stratkauskas, performed Noel: Verbum Caro Factum Est as part of their Virtual Carol Service  (begins at about 47:25).

20-25 December 2020

Chamber Choir Ireland, dir., Alan Leech, streamed a concert of “Carols at the Gallery” including my own Noel: Verbum Caro Factum Est

30 November 2020

The Multitude of Voyces version of Noel: Verbum Caro Factum Est was performed by the choir of Fitzwilliam College Chapel, Cambridge University at their Service of Six Lessons and Carols for Advent.  You can watch the service here:

18 November 2020

My organ voluntary O Welt ich muss dich lassen (O World, I must leave thee), was used in the Transgender Day of Remembrance Service at Mansfield College, Oxford.  (Starts at 06:50 in the video).

8 November 2020

My motet For the Fallen formed part of the live Remembrance Service from Somerville College, Oxford.  It may be view here.

31 August 2020

My song In Summer Time was given its virtual premiere as part of the Winners’ Concert on YouTube and other platforms by Melissa Piantedosi (mezzo) and Felicity Mazur-Park (piano). 

9 May 2020

The renowned pianist Duncan Honeybourne gave the premiere of my lockdown composition Prelude and Fugue in D. 

December 2019

24-5 December 2019

Noel: Verbum Caro Factum Est was sung at Midnight Mass at Leeds Cathedral.

Renaissance Voices (Portland, Maine) performed Noel: Verbum Caro Factum Est as part of their Christmas programme. Review from the Press Herald here.

16 December 2019

The Sitwell Singers, dir. Malcolm Goldring, performed Sing Lullaby at St John the Evangelist Church in Derby.

Christmas 2017

Concert review from Classical Music Daily here.

15 December 2019

Pro Nobis Singers, dir. Clive Walkley, performed Sing Lullaby in their Christmas Concert at St Mark’s Church, Natland, Kendal.

10 December 2019

Keswick Choral Society directed by Ian Hare gave the premiere of Be Merry!  at St Kentigern’s Church, Crosthwaite, Keswick.

 

9 December 2019

Noel: Verbum Caro Factum Est was included in Leeds Cathedral Choir’s concert at Leeds Town Hall for the second year running! I feel extremely honoured and grateful to have had my music sung at this very prestigious event.

8 December 2019

Noel: Verbum Caro Factum Est was sung by Leeds Cathedral Choir, dir. Ben Saunders, in their Christmas Carol Concert at the cathedral.

4 December 2019

Queldryk Choral Ensemble, dir., Paul Ayres, performed Hard is the Road to Bethlehem at St Lawrence Church Jewry, City of London.

2 December 2019

London College of Music Chorus, dir. Paul Ayres, performed Hard is the Road to Bethlehem at St Mary’s Church, Ealing, London.

2 November 2019

Sonatiny, the diminutive flute sonata (about 30 seconds and can be played on one breath), was performed by Kathryn Williams at the Purcell Room as part of the Deep Minimalism 2.0 event.

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27 October 2019

SOAS University of LondonEncounters, my suite for ‘cello, flute and gamelan orchestra was performed at the London Gamelan Workshop by Lucy French and Aris Daryono and others.

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12 October 2019

My Neo-Baroque Clavier Sonata in C minor was performed by Dominic Downs (a pupil at Chethams) at the Coffee Concert at Lancaster Priory alongside compositions by other members of Lakeland Composers.

18 August 2019

Eden Baroque performed The Good-Morrow at Scalesceugh Hall, near Carlisle.

10 August 2019

Lyra di Orfeo, dir. Christian Nuytten gave the world premiere of my Ave Maria at St Alban’s, Lormes, Burgundy, France.

3 July 2019

Eden Baroque gave the premiere of The Good-Morrow at Crosthwaite Church, Keswick.

15 June 2019

Collegium Ancora gave the world premiere of To the Rainbow at their concert In Harmony as part of Rhode Island Pride 2019. Watch the video here!

7 June 2019

Kathryn Williams performed Sonatiny at a concert at Churchill College, Cambridge.

8 March 2019

Ian Hare (former Organ Scholar, King’s College, Cambridge) performed my organ voluntary Marche Royale in a recital at Kendal Parish Church.

25 February 2019

Kathryn Williams performed my Sonatiny – a complete flute sonata that can be performed in a single breath! “Spread” at the Crescent Community Venue, York.

24 February 2019

The St Mary’s Scholars, dir., Mark Swinton, performed my new communion motet, The Call, at Eucharist at St Mary’s, Warwick.

23, 24 December 2018

My carol Sing Lullaby was performed in the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at Carlisle Cathedral.

23 December 2018

Antiphon performed Noel: Verbum Caro Factum Est in their Nine Lessons and Carols at St Mungo’s, Simonburn, near Hexham.

23 December 2018

Fellow composer and pianist-organist Felicity Mazur-Park played my Baroque Fantasia on Joy to the World as the postlude to the Fourth Sunday Morning Service in Advent at Bethany Lutheran Church in Dallas (10101 Walnut Hill).

Various Dates: December 2018 

The three-part version of Sing Lullaby was included in Canty’s tour of historic venues in Scotland, including world-famous Rosslyn Chapel, the Chapel Royal in Stirling Castle and St Machar’s Cathedral, Aberdeen.

A Canty Christmas

See https://cappella-nova.com/news/ for the exciting schedule!

https://www.ticketor.com/dunfermlineabbey/event/a-canty-christmas-146499

20 December 2018

Hard is the Road to Bethlehem featured in Nine Lessons and Carols, St Barnabas Church, Ealing, dir. Paul Ayres.

18 December 2018

The Lazard Choir, dir. Paul Ayres, performed Hard is the Road to Bethlehem at the Grovesnor Chapel in Mayfair, London.

16 December 2018

Welcome Sir Christèmas! A concert of Seasonal Music and Readings, featuring Mathias’s Ave Rex and Schütz’s German Magnificat performed by Pro Nobis Singers, dir. Clive Walkley. This featured the premiere performance of my carol Gloria tibi Domine. St Mark’s Church, Natland, Kendal. Starts at 7.30 PM.

Here is a video of the performance of Gloria tibi Domine:

12 December 2018

Southwark Cathedral – the Financial Times Choir, dir. Paul Ayres, performed Hard is the Road to Bethlehem.

 

10 December 2018

I was featured on Your Classical, hosted by John Lipscombe on BBC Radio Cumbria at 6PM. Repeat on Sunday. Also available online here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06r4xmd (my contribution starts at about 14:50).

The choir of Leeds Cathedral, under the direction of Benjamin Saunders, performed There is no Rose, which I composed especially for them, at their concert in Leeds Town Hall. It was a magnificent performance and thrilling for me to hear!

9 December 2018

The choir of Leeds Cathedral (RC), directed by Benjamin Saunders, performed my one of my carols at the Cathedral Carol Concert.

7 December 2018

Carlisle Carliol Choir, directed by Jonathan Millican, performed my setting of Creator of the Stars of Night in the Eden Valley Hospice Carol Service. Carlisle Cathedral.

 

1 December 2018 

C4 Ensemble gave the world premiere of my setting of Beatitudes at St John in the Village Church, 218 West 11th Street, New York.
 

10 October 2018

Carlisle Cathedral Senior Girls’ Choir, dir. Edward Taylor, gave the first performance of Beatus Vir at Evensong (5.45 PM) in Carlisle Cathedral.

The exciting young Canadian Flute ensemble Trio Taco performed my Fugue in Sepia on the following dates in their Autumn 2018 tour of Ontario:

-July 28th (Kingston, ON)
-August 8 (Perth, ON)
-August 12 (Yarker, ON)
-August 14 (Thornhill, ON)
 
You can catch Trio Taco in action on their Youtube channel.
 

10 June 2018 

Trio Taco gave the first performance of Fugue in Sepia in Victoria, British Columbia.

5 June 2018

Jack Stone, Organ Scholar of Carlisle Cathedral, performed The Blackbirds: Fantasy in C major as part of his lunchtime recital at Carlisle Cathedral.

23 April, 29 April, 30 April, 6 May

I was interviewed on BBC Radio Cumbria Your Classical at 6 PM talking to John Lipscombe about my music. The programmes featured excerpts from Of a RosePiano Sonata in G and Clavier Suite in A.

14 April 2018 

Kendal Concert Band performed arrangements of my Ouverture pour les Pâques (Easter Overture) and Sarabande (from my Clavier Suite in A major) in their Spring concert:

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7 April 2018

I conducted a concert in Lanercost that included my Parce Domine, alongside other works connected with Lent, Passiontide and Easter, including a specially composed setting of Haec Dies by my friend and colleague Jonathan Millican.

1 April 2018 Easter Sunday

My motet O taste and see how gracious the Lord is was sung at St Modwen’s Church in Burton-upon-Trent.

30 March 2018 Good Friday

The Herdwyck Consort featured my Parce Domine as part of their service of music and readings at St Patrick’s Church, Patterdale (6 PM). Click here for details.

21 March 2018

Tony Westerman performed my chorale prelude O Welt, ich muss dich lassen in his lunchtime recital at St Modwen’s Church, Burton-upon-Trent. (Starts 12.30 PM.)

25 December 2017

My chorale prelude Vom Himmel Hoch featured in the pre-Eucharist music at Carlisle Cathedral.

Noel: Verbum Caro Factum Est was sung as the Offertory at Christmas Day Mass at Leeds Cathedral.

15 December 2017

The Gabrieli Choir gave the world premiere of my carol Noel: Verbum Caro Factus Est at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at St Columba’s Scottish Presbyterian Church in Budapest.

A couple of hours later, Carlisle Cathedral Choir began their Gala Concert with the same carol.

10 December 2017

St Mark’s Church, Natland, Kendal at 7.30 PM. Pro Nobis performed my carol Hard is the Road to Bethlehem at their Christmas concert (“Wolcum Yule!”), alongside Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols and other seasonal works. You can hear their performance here.

9 December 2017

“Hallelujah! A Christmas Concert”. St James’s Church, Denton Holme, Carlisle. The Abbey Singers gave the premiere of my new Grand Motet Rite majorem Iacobus canamus. The programme also featured Part One of Handel’s Messiah and other exciting and joyous pieces, including Jonathan Millican’s Ave Maria.

30 July 2017

My music was featured in a special weekend of services at Carlisle Cathedral featuring music by Cumbrian-based composers.

7 February 2017

Lunchtime lecture-recital at Tullie House, Carlisle. I  celebrated contributions to music made by non-binary and transgendered people, especially the castrati, and together with Jack Stone performed a short programme of vocal solos, including selections from Schütz, Monteverdi and Carissimi.

2 December 2016

Lunchtime recital with Jordan English at St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

The programme was as follows:

Purcell: Music for a While
Schütz: O Jesu, nomen dulce
Christopher Gibbons: Voluntary for Double Organs (organ solo played by Jordan English)
Orlando Gibbons: The Secret Sins
Henry Lawes: To God the Holy Ghost
Pelham Humfrey: A Hymn to God the Father
Franz Tunder: Praeludium in G minor (organ solo played by Jordan English)
Schütz: Was hast du verwirket?
Purcell: Vouchsafe, O Lord (from the Te Deum in D major)
Heinrich Albert: Hie habt ihr, ihr jungfrauen

1st October 2016

Mini-recital and panellist at Celebrate! Symposium, Tullie House, Carlisle.

20 March 2016 Palm Sunday

Alto soloist in Haydn: Stabat Mater – Carlisle Cathedral Chamber Choir, Carlisle Cathedral.

13 February 2016

Occasional Musick at Austin Friars School Chapel, Carlisle – starts 7.30 PM. This included the Byrd 4-part Mass.

19 December 2015

“Smith & Jones: A Baroque Christmas” – recital at St Bride’s (Greyfriars), Dumfries. Music by Schütz and Bach.

12 December 2015

Carlisle Cathedral Christmas Concert – starts 7.30 PM. I performed the alto solo “O Thou that tellest” from Handel’s Messiah.

21 November 2015

Concert in aid of Amnesty International at St John’s Houghton with new group directed by me, “Occasional Musick”. Music by Schütz, Fux and Praetorius.

8 October 2015

Lunchtime recital at Hexham Abbey, with Max Smith (organ scholar, Carlisle Cathedral)

17th-century music from England and Germany

Orlando Gibbons – Fancy in A re
Henry Purcell – Music for a While
Pelham Humfrey – A Hymn to God the Father
Henry Lawes – To God the Holy Ghost
J.J. Froberger Toccata VI: Da sonarsi alla levatione
Heinrich Schütz – Kläglicher Abschied
Heinrich Schütz – Was hast du verwirket?
Heinrich Albert – Hie habt ihr, ihr jungfrauen
Henry Purcell – Vouchsafe O Lord (from Te Deum in D)

6 October 2015

Lunchtime concert at Carlisle Cathedral (as member of the Herdwyck Consort)