Double prize winner

Alan has just achieved the distinction of winning first and second prizes in Recital Music’s 2012 Christmas Carol Competition.  Ring out wild bells was awarded first prize and I sing of a maiden won second prize.  Dr Christopher Maxim, a member of the judging panel, said: “Two pieces really stood out as the best. They happen to be by the same composer, though they are different in mood and contrasting in style. They are well crafted, with musical interest in all of the vocal parts. Harmony is used effectively with some lovely colours in places. Textures are deftly handled, with unpretentious counterpoint making a welcome contribution to the whole.” Both pieces will receive their first performance in December.  You can view and purchase the scores by following this link.


World premiere at Wells Cathedral

On 1st August, the Rivelin Singers, conducted by Fraser Wilson, gave the first ever performance of Alan’s piece O nata lux for unaccompanied voices.  To hear this amazing choir’s performance in the beautiful acoustic of Wells Cathedral, click here to listen to an MP3 recording.  The piece is published by Cantabile Music.  You can view sample pages from the score by clicking here.  If you would like to purchase the music, please click on this link – How to buy music scores from Cantabile Music.


New folksong Arrangement

Alan has just completed a new arrangement of the American folksong Shenandoah which was commissioned by Julian Jensen, the Director of Music at Millfield School, Somerset.  The choir will perform the piece as part of a competition in October.  You can explore Alan’s other choral arrangements of folksongs by following this link.  If you would like Alan to make an arrangement for your choir, please click on this link – How to commission a piece.