The choir celebrates its thirtieth birthday this year. We shall be marking the anniversary by singing settings of all 150 Psalms (though not every verse of every Psalm!). The Psalms are the most comprehensive source of sung poetry in existence, a resource that has been drawn on by countless composers. From America to Estonia; in languages from Hebrew through Hungarian to Finnish; by composers from Monteverdi to MacMillan; and from unaccompanied miniatures to symphonic masterworks: here is music to uplift, challenge, inspire and celebrate! Download a brochure giving full details here.
(July 2016) We are delighted to announce that the two finalists in our Composition Prize, as chosen by Sir James MacMillan and Roderick Williams, are Bernard Hughes (Psalm 56) and Chris O’Hara (Be Merciful Unto Me, O God). We shall be performing their entries at our concert on 15th October. The winner will receive £250, a trophy and the possibility of their piece being published by Novello & Co Limited. The runner-up will receive £50 and a certificate. We shall also be performing the best entry from a composer aged thirty or under. That prize is awarded to Stuart Beatch (Psalm 53), who wins £150. Other entries commended by the judges included those submitted by Andrew Hind, David Gorton, Kit Mills, Paul Ayres and Paul Doust. Congratulations to the successful composers for their splendid submissions. All three are invited to the concert, the afternoon rehearsal (where they can provide performance feedback if they wish), and each will receive a recording of the performance. We hope that many of the composers who entered the competition, plus our friends and followers, will also wish to join us at the concert to hear the winning entries.
We are still basking in the glow from last month’s inspirational weekend in Glasgow, which included a workshop with our new Patron, Sir James MacMillan (photos: Rosie Edge).
What’s the common link? We gave the world premieres of all three works!