praise ye the lord (2019) for satb choir and organ
commissioned by Worcester College Chapel Choir
premiere by Worcester College Chapel Choir at Worcester College, Oxford May 13th 2019
Commissioned by Worcester College Chapel Choir, praise ye the lord focuses on the joy of the world around us. Using Psalm 148 as the text the piece opens with solo organ playing transcriptions of stardust, with the choir joining in based on transcriptions of solar flares. This short but upbeat piece is unashamedly exuberant and attempts to emulate the ecstatic nature of the psalm.
if i join up the dots in the stars (2018) for mezzo-soprano and piano
workshopped by Claire McCaldin and Libby Burgess as part of the Oxford Lieder New Music Workshop, The Schulamn Auditorium, Oxford October 26th 2018
if i join up the dots in the stars was written for the Oxford Lieder New Music Workshop. Based on a poem by local poet Lou Hough, the piece is based on transcriptions of sonifications of stars catalogued by astronomer Ulugh Beg and opens with a single note on the piano.
we are for one we are for all (2017) for children's choir and string orchestra
premiered by The Commonwealth Festival Orchestra and Choir at Westminster Abbey March 13th 2017
we are for one, we are for all was written for The Commonwealth Resounds and is based on poetry by Michael Dome. Inspired by the musical traditions from Papua New Guinea the piece opens with a call to arms before the choir joins together in a rousing chorus.
here dead we lie (2019) for satb choir
workshopped by Scholar Cantorum, Pusey House Chapel Oxford March 4th 2019
here dead we lie was written to commemorate the First World War and follows in the style of a Remembrance Day Service. The piece, based on the poem of the same name by AE Housman, is built around a roll call of students names who fought from Worcester College, Oxford. The refrain of ‘Here dead we lie’ underpins the piece as each name is read out before falling into silence.
it happened to me (2017) for mezzo-soprano and piano
premiere by Lucy Goddard and Siwain Rhys at The Recital Hall, The Purcell School January 31st 2018
it happened to me was written for Lucy Goddard and Siwan Rhys and was written as a reaction to the TIME Magazine 2017 Person of the Year ‘The Silence Breakers’. Using transcriptions from interviews of various women the piece attempts to capture the thought processes of someone dealing with sexual harassment and the strength required to face it.
all shall be well (2017) for ssa & harp
commissioned by the Godolphin Vocal Ensemble for International Women’s Day Service at St Thomas’ Church, Salisbury March 8th 2017
london premiere St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, February 23rd 2018
oxford premiere Performances by The Korrigan Consort University College Chapel December 29th 2018
all shall be well is part of a series of works for Godolphin Vocal Ensemble, directed by Olivia Sparkhall. The text is from Julian of Norwich’s ‘Revelations of Divine Love’ with the music based on transcriptions of readings by various women. A solo singer opens singing the full text before the choir delves into the deeper meaning of each line.