It feels like autumn today…Mabon is come!

Thanks to the Orfeo Universitari Choir of Valencia, Spain for performing Mabon: Song of the Autumn Equinox. This is absolutely beautiful:

Wind, fire, sea, stone
Breath, flame, wave, bone

Long light has lingered here, Earth still is warm,
Deepening shadows lost by the dawn.
Long darkness rising here, though heat lingers on,
Twist of the Equinox – Mabon has come.

Dead leaves fall silently, drift on the air,
Trees standing, slumbering – dry, cracked and bare.
Time passes quietly, echoing past:
Earth calls the winter in. Mabon at last!

Shadows through the mist I see:
Time passing silently.
Starlight, as the Spiral bends.
Moonlight, as the daylight ends.

I can only guess it’s “Crescent Moon” :)

Google Alerts is a really useful tool, when you’re a two-bit composer like me, tracking performances of your works across the globe.

In this case, I was notified about the Central Coast Chorale in Oregon, USA, performing one of my works related to the moon recently.

I can only assume it was “Crescent Moon”.

If you’re from the Central Coast Chorale, or know anything about the performance, please contact me. I’d love to hear if it went well – and thanks for performing my work! 🙂

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Performances in New Zealand – including Dunedin

My Christmas music is getting a number of performances around the world this Christmas, including locally here in New Zealand and in Dunedin.

I was contacted by Professor Caldwell of Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania earlier in the month, letting me know that my short work, Love Will Make The Roses Grow was to be performed by the Susquehanna University Women’s Choir on the 18th of November.

Auckland’s “The Three Mezzos Vocal Trio”, comprising accomplished singers Lynne Anderson, Margo Knightbridge and Barbara Lynch, performed the three voice version of my recent composition Mary Sings A Lullaby on November 20th in the Ballroom at Highwic in Epsom.

Also on the North Island, the Renaissance Singers in Hamilton performed Mary Sings a Lullaby, in four parts, on the 20th of November, together with Samhain, Beltane, Yule and Lammas from my Wheel of the Year song cycle.

“Mary” is getting a number of performances around the world – it has other scheduled performances for 2011 by choirs in England (London) and Canada, and possibly Hong Kong (China).

Probably the most exciting performance for me, though, is one by a local choir, Southern Consort of Voices. They’re a Dunedin-based chamber choir, and will be performing my 2010 piece Sing Christmas! in St. Paul’s Cathedral in the Octagon at their traditional lunchtime Christmas concert.

The concert is at 12:15 pm, tickets are $15 and $10. This concert is particularly exciting for me, because I get to hear my work performed live – usually I only get recordings, or word of mouth that the performance occurred!

The concert is also exciting because I used to sing in St. Paul’s Cathedral. Hearing my own music performed there by a local choir will be a real honour.

Here is the press release for the concert:

    This year’s Christmas concert on Friday, December 2nd, is to be held in the traditional venue, St Paul’s Cathedral at 12.15pm. But the programme is far from traditional, with a variety of works from the 20th century, including several New Zealand pieces.

    The concert will begin with the energetic Noel by Roxburgh and the lilting Shepherd’s Carol by Bob Chilcott. These are followed by a couple of charming vignettes from John Ritchie and the warm and colourful Bless this Child from Christopher Marshall’s Triptych (No. 1). The title song, Sing Christmas, is by local composer, Leanne Veitch, and features playful rhythms and even a little percussion.

    We allow ourselves a step back in time to sing three Marion pieces, notably Phillip’s beautifully-constructed renaissance motet, Hodie Beata Virgo, and two gorgeous Russian pieces, Dostoino Yest by Tchaikovsky and Bogoroditse Djevo by Rachmaninoff, from his Vespers.

    We then finish with a flourish, tackling a couple of snappy Jazz numbers.

If you’re a Dunedinite, come along, and support a great choir, and get a chance to listen to some terrific music in a beautiful accoustic.