I am adding new compositions all the time and what follows is as complete a list as is possible to make at the moment. Each composition has a short description of the content and forces needed.
LATIN MAGNIFICAT: This work is for mixed choir and either piano duet or chamber orchestra accompaniment. It is a setting in Latin. Duration is 12 minutes approximately and has short solos in all voices. These solos are best taken from within the choir if possible. The key is G major and its style is a mixture of French and English music of the early 20th Century. Originally for SSA, it has been reworked from that original piece which was written in 1990.
THREE LATIN MOTETS: The three motets are a) AVE MARIA b) O SACRUM CONVIVIUM c) DIES SANCTIFICATUS
These pieces were written in 2016/17 and were performed in the 2017 season of Chorale Cantique, the choir I direct in France. O sacrum convivium was first performed as part of the "Ostensions" in St Junien in 2016. All three are for mixed choir a cappella and with the exception of O sacrum convivium have some divisions in the part writing. Ave Maria has an insistent rhythm which underlies the construction which is a memory of the nuns of St Brigid chanting there rosary in the room next to mine back in my teaching days.
ECHOES OF FAITH BK 1: This consists of three anthems in the English language the texts of which are well known hymns. They are as follows:- a) THE KING OF LOVE MY SHEPHERD IS b) BRIGHTEST AND BEST c) LET ALL THE WORLD IN EVERY CORNER SING
All three pieces are for mixed chorus with piano or organ accompaniment and can be performed liturgically or as concert pieces. There is also a chamber orchestra accompaniment available as well which consists of fl/ob/cl/piano/strings: Full score and parts are available on application. A second volume of Echoes of Faith will be published in the near future and will include:- 'Hills of the North Rejoice'; and 'There is a green hill far away'.
NUNC DIMITTIS: This is a companion work to the Latin Magnificat and also is written in Latin and for the same forces. Although written much later, 2012, it uses some themes from the Latin Magnificat and has parts for soprano and baritone soloists. These call for experienced singers. The vocal score,full orchestral score and parts will be available shortly.
A CHRISTMAS TRIPTYCH: Think of an altarpiece or 'Triptych' in your imagination and you will have the idea of this work. I wanted to write something different in the way of Christmas music and the result is a group of three pieces representing the three panels of the aforesaid altarpiece on poems written by my wife and author, Anne Cartwright. https://hubpages.com/literature/Anne-Cartwrights-new-book. The first panel on the left is the 'Annunciation', 'The Angel and the Dove'; the right hand panel is a vision of the three kings traveling to Bethlehem and is called 'Stargazers three', whilst the last and central panel depicts the Nativity itself; 'I told the crow'. This last title reflects the aspect of birds in each of the pieces. The crow, or raven, according to French legend was the first creature to receive the good news of the birth of Christ. Written in 2017 for mixed choir with some division with piano duet accompaniment. A version for chamber orchestra is in preparation and consists of fl/ob/cl/bsn/piano/strings.
SARABANDE AND ALLEGRO FOR COR ANGLAIS AND PIANO:
This was written for and dedicated to Alison Teale chief cor anglais in the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The starting point for this piece was a picture of a sunflower and a poem written by my wife, Anne. It tells the story of a forgotten sunflower in the corner of a field who laments its fate. (Sarabande). But finally it is found by the bee and its nectar taken. (Allegro).
This was written as homage to George Butterworth and incorporates a theme from 'A Shropshire Lad'. It describes a spring day in all its moods from dawn until the following day. First performed in China in 2017 by Alison Teale.