Saturday, 18 March 2017
Friday, 10 February 2017
The release day for Revelation, my eighth album, has finally arrived! Woo hoo!
The album features twenty-two brand new choral works including two choral collections which I wrote early last year. The pieces were then premiered in Canada in July by The Elora Singers who then recorded the album a couple of days later under the Naxos label.
The first of the new collections, Revelation, is a collection of nine pieces based on text from the last book of the Bible, the Book of Revelation, written by St John on the island of Patmos.
The second work, Beatitudes, is a collection setting the eight Beatitudes of Christ from the Gospel of St Matthew and captures the essence of Christ’s message that those people normally thought of as being unfortunate are, in fact, blessed.
Five other standalone works complete the album including The Word which sets the beautiful poetry of the Johanine Prologue, The Lord’s Prayer from my mass setting The Edenham Eucharist, and a new recording of my 2004 piece Quanta Qualia, in the arrangement I wrote for Voces8’s album Eventide.
Thursday, 9 February 2017
Saturday, 4 February 2017
Monday, 9 January 2017
I was thrilled, in Autumn of last year, to be commissioned by the The King’s Singers to write a new piece for them. The double Grammy® award-winning ensemble will perform the World Premiere of Musica Dei Donum at the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista in Venice on 24th January.
The piece sets the ancient Latin words and a version in English is set to follow later in the year.
Musica Dei donum optimi
trahit homines, trahit deos:
Musica truces mollit animos
tristesque mentes erigit.
Musica vel ipsas arbores
et horridas movet feras
cunctisque solatia prestans.
Music, the gift of the supreme God,
draws men, draws gods;
music makes savage souls gentle
and uplifts sad minds;
music moves the trees themselves
and wild beasts,
affording solace to all.