Confirmation of performances in Oregon…and another performance in Australia

It’s been quite a good year for performances for me, despite not having written anything for a while.

However, I’m back with my nose to the grindstone, trying out some new composition software (Noteflight), and there will be new works out in short order.

It turns out that Crescent Moon received several performances from the Central Coast Chorale in Oregon, USA. I was contacted by the choir, and received confirmation that the piece was performed on April 22, 23, 24 and May 1, and that the performances went well.

It’s nice to hear back from choirs, and to hear the music is enjoyed 🙂

Quite recently, and closer to home, Southern Consort of Voices here in Dunedin, New Zealand was scheduled to perform the piece Deconstruct a Chrysalis for which I wrote the lyrics and Michael Winikoff the music.

However, it has had to be cut from the program due to a very busy rehearsal schedule. The choir has performed the piece before, and we have hopes it will find time in an upcoming concert program to perform it again. I’ll let you know when that happens 🙂

One performance that is going ahead is a performance of the same piece by the Australian Intervarsity Choral Festival in June this year. The festival will be held in Canberra, ACT, Australia. I’m not sure of the concert date or venue yet, but once I am I will post the details here, so if you’re in the neighbourhood you can attend.

There’s another Composition Competition to be held by RMIT Occasional Choral Society in Melbourne later this year. I’ll be writing a piece for the competition, and yes, it will be performed – I hope! Once again, once I know the details of the performance, in which a variety of new works by emerging composers will be performed by the choir, I will post the details here. So watch this space!

Finally, here’s a lovely performance by the Laramie High School girls in Wyoming, USA singing my short piece, Mary Sings a Lullaby. Thanks for performing my work. Enjoy 🙂

And another performance of the same piece by Victoria Rengel:

Trashworthy or not? New work in progress: “I am longing to fly”

I’m currently working on my first attempt at a string piece, and am not sure whether to trash it or not.

So I thought I’d post an mp3 sample of the piece here, and see if anyone had any opinion on the matter.

A friend of mine, who knows a lot more about music than I do (to be honest) thinks the piece is Definitely TrashWorthy. I’m not so sure, but concede that it might Need Some Work Still.

At present I’m setting it for violin and two violas, with possible version for SSA.

Opinions and comments would be very welcome 🙂 Click the link below – it will open in another window for you to listen to.

[I am longing to fly mp3 sample]

So – should it go in the bin, or should I keep working on it? What do you think?

New Christmas release: “Bell Carol” for SSSAA choir

My new piece, Bell Carol is now available for download and performance from this website.

The work is set for SSSAA, with optional tambourine or sleigh bells. A piano reduction is provided on the score for easy rehearsals.

Duration is approximately 2-3 minutes, and the level of difficulty / rehearsal allocation time is low to moderate.

The piece contains an optional small semichorus at the end, and a small soprano 1 solo, also optional. Both lines can be sung by full choral sections, depending on the choir.

I have attempted to imbue Bell Carol with a sense of bells chiming rhythmically throughout, representing the chiming of Church bells on Christmas morning.

This builds with greater and greater urgency, until a sudden halt near the conclusion, as the visitor is drawn inside the building, and welcomed by an ethereal solo voice rising in beauty to the words, “I heard the bells on Christmas Day”.

I hope you all enjoy the piece.

Bell Carol is released under Creative Commons license 3.0 BY-NC-ND.

[Click for Bell Carol mp3]
[Click for Bell Carol PDF score]

Bell Carol

Ding! Dong! Ding! Dong!
Sing! Sing Christmas today! Sing Christmas today!
Sing a song of joy! Ring a song of joy!
Ding dong!

Ding! Dong! Ding! Dong!
Sing! And be of good cheer! For Christmas is here!
Sing a song of peace! Ring a song of peace!
Ding dong!

Ding ding dong, ding ding dong
Ding-a-ling-a ding ding dong!
Ding ding dong, ding ding dong
Ding-a-ling-a ding ding dong!
Ring!
Ding dong! Ding dong ding dong ding dong!
Ding dong! Ding dong ding dong ding dong!
Ding dong! Ding dong ding dong ding dong!

Merry merry merry Christmas!
Merry merry merry Christmas!
Ding-a-ling-a ling-a ding dong!
Bells ring out! Bells ring out!

Hear bells chime, sing in time, joy sublime
Christmas is here!
Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas!
Everyone sing
Merry merry merry Christmas!
Merry merry merry Christmas!
Ding-a-ling-a ling-a ding dong!

Bells ring out! Bells ring out!
Bells ring out! Bells ring out!
Bells! Bells! Bells! Bells!
Merry! Merry! Christmas! Christmas!
Merry Christmas!

I heard the bells on Christmas Day…
Ahhh…