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Composer of church music

Some of my choral music is available from Chichester Music Press

My sacred choral works, the earliest of which date back to 2010, are being performed frequently in various UK cathedrals and university chapels involving regular and visiting choirs. Since 2014, my music has been performed during services and events in the historic cathedrals of Exeter, Wells, Winchester, Gloucester, Canterbury, Bristol, Coventry, Southwark, Leicester and Wakefield as well as Selwyn College Chapel Cambridge, University of Exeter and Buckfast Abbey.

Further afield, my choral works have been sung in Christchurch Cathedral NZ, St Paul's Cathedral Valletta Malta, Cathedral Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity Onitsha Nigeria, St John the Divine Cathedral New York City, St John the Evangelist Cathedral Cleveland Ohio, Grace Church Cathedral Charleston South Carolina, St Michael's Cathedral Springfield MA and a number of university chapels in the States.

My choral works are also being programmed frequently by professional and amateur choral ensembles worldwide. As 'composer-in-residence' for The King's Counterpoint, I've written music for their concerts in Charleston South Carolina and UK summer residencies at Wells Cathedral (2016) and residencies at Canterbury Cathedral and Westminster Abbey (2018). The choir is directed and managed by David and Judith Acres, and I'm very grateful for their support of my music. I'm also an associate composer for their sister high voice ensemble Contrapunctus Early Music based in Cleveland Ohio and the Fisher Consort in Cambridge UK directed by another much valued supporter, Dr Jonathan Schranz, Director of Music at St George's Cathedral Southwark London.

Choirs have performed my music in England, various States in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Malta, Germany, Belgium, South Africa and Nigeria.

Several motets were recorded by Cambridge choral scholar ensemble Concanenda, dir Xann Shwinn, for their 'In memoriam' EP (2014). Antiphon, dir by Matt Cann, also recorded a few works in Exeter Cathedral for their 'O my people' CD (2017) on the Willowhayne Records label (WHR038CDFP). A CD of my choral works 'Guardian of Heaven' (2020) has been released by EM Records (EMR CD061). It was recorded in the Hungarian Radio Studios by international prize-winning choir Cantate, dir by Zoltan Pad.

'For the fallen' was well received at Exeter Cathedral for the civic service of Remembrance and Armistice Day concert by the cathedral choir in Nov 2014. 'In memoriam; Ricardus Rex' was sung at several of the big services held in Leicester, Mar 2015 for the reinterment of King Richard III. These included highly acclaimed performances during the Requiem led by the Archbishop of Westminster and in Leicester Cathedral. 'I will make all things new' was sung during the second anniversary Dedication Service for the Transitional Cathedral, Christchurch NZ, 2016. The cathedral choir was joined by lay clerks from Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. 'O magnum mysterium' has been performed on a number of occasions by the University of Exeter Chapel choir including at St Paul's Cathedral during a service to commemorate Her Majesty the Queen's 90th birthday during their summer 2016 tour of Malta. More recently, 'Missa Brevis choro auxiliari Wellensi' has been sung several times at Sunday eucharist in Wells Cathedral. My music has been performed at the 2017 Spoleto Festival USA by The King's Counterpoint and the 2017 Brandenburg Choral Festival in the City of London by the Fisher Consort. Also, at the Gloucester Music Festival 2018 by Gaudeamus in Gloucester Cathedral. My 'Latin Canticles' and 'Missa cantoribus viatoribus' were sung at services in Canterbury Cathedral in 2018.

I was commissioned to compose several well received works for the City of Gloucester's Jun 2018 commemorations marking the 1100th anniversary of the death of Queen Aethelflaed (daughter of Alfred the Great) who laid the foundations for the creation of England as it is today. 'O glorious Prince St Michael' was composed for the 150th anniversary of the consecration of St Michael and all Angels Mt Dinham Exeter, Sep 2018. The anthem 'In my Father's House' was composed for the re-opening of St John's Glastonbury following a major refurbishment project completed Feb 2020. Several works have also been composed for The King's Counterpoint residency at Canterbury Cathedral, Aug 2021.

A list of performances can be found on this site, mostly involving choirs I'm in regular contact with but it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of all performances as my music becomes more widely performed. The 2020 pandemic disrupted what had promised to be a busy year of premieres and cathedral performances. Several of these had been announced in music schedules and concert programs while others were in the advanced stages of being confirmed. I anticipate most will be rescheduled in 2022 as the situation improves. New works for choirs singing in Canterbury Cathedral, Windsor Chapel, Buckfast Abbey and elsewhere are also expected to receive UK premieres in 2022 and beyond.

Nov, 2021