Concert on Saturday May 24th in St Mary's Church, Dorchester, at 7.30pm
Thanks to a generous donation by the Occasional Singers (to mark my stepping down as director) I am organising a concert to celebrate my sixtieth birthday, in St Mary's Church on Saturday, May 24th, 2014. The soundfiles below are what will be performed (along with Six Hardy Songs, with Abbi Temple (soprano) & Duncan Honeybourne (piano)).
Matthew Hardy will direct the performances; I, for once, will melt into the audience background and enjoy a relaxing listen!
The ensemble comprises 22 excellent musicians; these files are for them to access as they learn their individual parts.
English Folksong Suite No.2
This is the only newly composed work (actually a couple of the folksong settings were already written, but the piece as a whole is new). It can best be described as a Folksong Concerto, featuring as it does extensive solos for both violin and cello. These were written with Matthew Ward and Sally Stell in mind....
Rearranged for the fourth time! Click here for a link to the original page & notes.
Chansons de France
This, too, is a rearrangement. There is not the percussion of the original. Click here for a link to the original page & notes.
Seven Folksong Ballads
Originally composed for soprano and string quartet, these have been rearranged for different ensembles over the years. Click here for the link to the original page & notes.
And, as a planned encore, a duet arrangement of an English folksong, Drink Old England Dry (the origins of this arrangement can be found here):
And here, as a replacement for the Ensemble to play if Abbi still has not recovered for the concert, are three transcriptions of motets I composed in 1991: Sing Bravely, Inward Light, and Vertue.