...And What of Marriage?

A haunting setting of this wonderfully evocative Middle English text, Corpus Christi Carol was my first published choral composition, weaving austere Medieval harmonies with distinctive harmonic fluctuations of warmth and cold.

The gentle, fleeting dissonances provide a wonderfully subtle counterpoint to the bare intervals. More >

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Corpus Christi Carol

A haunting setting of this wonderfully evocative Middle English text, Corpus Christi Carol was my first published choral composition, weaving austere Medieval harmonies with distinctive harmonic fluctuations of warmth and cold.

The gentle, fleeting dissonances provide a wonderfully subtle counterpoint to the bare intervals. More >

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Crux Fidelis

Composed to mark a visit of the Bishop of Sherborne to my village church in Holy Week 2017. The stark juxtaposition in the words - contrasting fruit and foliage with the nails hammered into Christ's hands - leaves the music finely balanced between consonance and dissonance. More >

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Huron Carol

Evocative and beautiful, this traditional carol resets the Nativity story in the wilds of Canada, where 'within a lodge of broken bark the tender babe was found; a ragged robe of rabbit skin enwrapp'd His beauty round'.
My setting captures the cold majesty of the frozen landscape, as 'chiefs from far' bring gifts of fox and beaver pelt. More >

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Balulalow

A gentle lullaby to the Christ-child, Balulalow was one of my earliest compositions, written soon after the Corpus Christi Carol. At the time I was trying to develop a harmonic language which sounded both modern and primitive. The piece had a restless, dreamlike quality; the unresolved cadences and gentle dissonance suggestive of an infant who isn't quite asleep. More >

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Noel: Christmas Eve 1913

I was asked for 'a carol, bright and starry', and immediately thought of the poem by Robert Bridges, which encapsulates the fragile wonders of a crystalline winter's night.
The imagery in the words - 'distant music', 'peels of bells', 'constellated sounds' and 'the bright stars singing' can only be described as a composers' dream! More >

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Crucifigat Omnes

Commissioned by the professional female quintet Papagena, for their Echoes from the Holy Land concerts of 2016. I chose a text from the Carmina Burana, which tells of the fall of Jerusalem at the hands of Saladin, and the loss of fragments of the True Cross. More >

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