PERFORMANCES:selected recent and forthcoming performances (future and most recent first)
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Recent and forthcoming performances by Schola Cantorum on Hudson, Orkney Camerata, Koninklijke Fanfare Kempenbloei-Achel, Icosa, Glasgow University Chapel Choir, Voz Nua (Portugal), CoMA (Contemporary Music for Amateurs), the Peninsula Women’s Chorus (California), Cathures chamber choir (Glasgow, Scotland), Constellation Men’s Ensemble (Chicago), Nova Vocal Ensemble (Los Angeles), Amasong Chorus (Champaign-Urbana, Illinois), the Columbus Women’s Chorus (Ohio), Windsong Feminist Chorus (Ohio), Rudsambee Company of Singers (Edinburgh) and Sang Scule (Edinburgh).
En Etsi Valtaa, Loistoa(Not Power or Glory, but Light and Peace)
A setting of the Finnish carol for SATB voices and folk fiddle. Premiere by VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, dir. Philip Brunelle, at the American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, on 24 September 2017.
Song of Praise, Songs of Sorrowand Song of Spring
Premiere by Voz Nua on 7 July 2017 (details TBA) of three SATB a cappella pieces written for an educational project spearheaded by Voz Nua and their director Aoife Hiney. The pieces are graded in difficulty, following specific guidelines regarding rhythm and tonality.
Choral piece based on a hymn by 17th century cleric Thomas Ken. Performance by Icosa, dir. Luke Mather, at St James’s Church, Paddington, 21 June 2017, as part of the Voices of London Festival 2017.
Vocal work evoking the sound of wind in trees, based on words by the English poet John Clare. Performance by CoMA Singers at St. Martin’s Church, Dorking, Surrey on 3 June, 2017.
Great is Life
A setting of extracts from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, for SSAATTBB chorus. Performances by Schola Cantorum on Hudson, dir. Deborah Simpkin King, on 20 May 2017 (NYC) and 21 May 2017 (New Jersey).
Lead Me To The Rock
Setting of Psalm 61 for choir, congregation, cello obbligato and piano, commissioned by Summit on 16th United Methodist Church in memory of George Ryerson. First airing on Sunday May 21, 2017.
Three settings of Emily Dickinson poems, for SSA a cappella voices. Performances by National Youth Choir of Scotland Girls Choir, 8 April 2017 in Glasgow and 12 August 2017 in Edinburgh.
Open score orchestral piece composed in the wake of the UK referendum on Brexit. First performance by CoMA Bristol on 29 March, 2017. Two other performances, both by CoMA Sussex: 18 May 2017 in the Brunswick Pub, Hove, E. Sussex and 2 July 2017 at the East Sussex Music Academy, Lewes, dir. Adam Swayne.
Vocal work evoking the sound of wind in trees, based on words by the English poet John Clare. Performance by CoMA Singers at the Singing Adventures workshop, Baden Powell House, London, 4 March 2017.
Choral piece based on a hymn by 17th century cleric Thomas Ken. Premiere by Icosa, dir. Luke Mather, at Our Lady Help of Christians RC Church, West Byfleet, Surrey, 3 January 2017.
In Dulci Jubiloand Of The Father’s Love Begotten
Two arrangements for chorus and brass quintet. Performance by Koninklijke Fanfare Kempenbloei-Achel, Belgium, 16 December 2016.
A Christmas Carol
Choral setting of words by G.K.Chesterton. Performance by Glasgow University Chapel Choir, Scotland, dir. Katy Lavinia Cooper, 11 December 2016.
Choral fanfare. Performance by Rudsambee Company of Singers, dir. Sheena Phillips, Rosslyn Chapel, 10 December 2016.
Arrangement of a song by Fred Hellerman. Performance by Windsong, Cleveland’s Feminist Chorus, dir. Heather Russell, 20 November 2016.
Flowers of the Forest: remembering Flodden Field
This piece, commissioned in 2004 by the Dunedin Consort, gets another airing by the wonderful Sang Scule, dir. James Hutchinson, at Old St Paul’s Church, Edinburgh, on 17 September, 2016.
Piece for string orchestra, flute and oboe, commissioned in 2016 by the St Magnus International Festival for Orkney Camerata. Premiere in St Magnus Cathedral, Orkney, Sunday 19 June, 2016.
In Beauty May I Walk
Setting of a Navajo poem (in English translation) for SSAA chorus, flute obbligato and piano. Performance by the Columbus Women’s Chorus, Ohio, at King Ave United Methodist Church, 1 May 2016.
The Lyke Wake Dirge
Choral arrangement (with Peter Hill) of the old Yorkshire dirge. Performance by Cathures, Kelvinside Hillhead Church, Glasgow, 16 April 2016.
Arrangement for women’s voices of the song by Fred Hellerman of the Weavers. Performance at Western Division ACDA, in Pasdena, CA, by the Peninsula Women’s Chorus dir. Martin Benvenuto, 27 February 2016.
Here We Stand
A piece commissioned in memoriam feminist and music-lover Anne Marshall Saunier (1946 - 2013). Performance by Windsong Feminist Chorus, dir. Heather Russell, at Lakewood Presbyterian Church, Lakewood, Ohio, 31 January 2016.
Garbe Rame(Dancing With Gourds)
Traditional Gujarati (N W India) song arrangement honoring the goddess Amba. Performance by Berkeley Women’s Community Chorus, at Northbrae Community Church, Berkeley CA, 22 November 2015
Raagi Thandheera(Bringing Alms)
Arrangement with Smitha Vishveshwara of a South Indian devotional song by Purandara Daasa Vitthala. Performances by Amasong Chorus, dir. Jill Crandall, in Champaign, Illinois, 7 and 8 November 2015.
Music for Jill
Choral setting of the poem If by Norman MacCaig, written in remembrance of Jill Sumner (1941 - 2001). Performances by Cunninghame Choir, dir. Robin Versteeg, in Beith, North Ayrshire, Scotland (10 May 2015) and St Bride’s Episcopal Church, Glasgow, 14 June 2015.
Circle of Life
A suite based on Native American song-poems. Second performance by Cathures chamber choir, Glasgow, dir. Katy Coooper, 9 June 2015 at Kelvinside Hillhead Church, Glasgow.
How Can I Keep From Singing?
Arrangement of the 19th century hymn by Robert Lowry. Performance by Nova Vocal Ensemble, dir. Jonathan James Bautista, Glendale City Seventh Day Adventist Church, Los Angeles, 7 June 2015.
The Earth Is Turningand Knitting Patterns
Performances by Windsong, Cleveland’s Feminist Chorus, dir. Karen Weaver, 11 January and 9 May, 2015.
Arrangement for SSAA a cappella of the song by Fred Hellerman. Performances by the Peninsula Women’s Chorus, California, dir. Martin Benvenuto, at St Mark’s Episcopal Church, Palo Alto, 9 May and 17 May, 2015.
So Beautie on the Waters Stood
Piece for men’s chorus, based on the Ferrabosco song of the same name. Performance by Constellation Men’s Ensemble, Chicago, dir. Ryan Strand, 2 May 2015.
Circle of Life
A suite based on Native American song-poems. Performance (European premiere) by Cathures chamber choir, Glasgow, dir. Katy Coooper, 28 March, 2015 at Kelvinside Hillhead Church, Glasgow.
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