There are few choral works that reach as many audiences as Handel’s “Messiah”. I find it curious that it still has to be identified as Handel’s, as if there were some other great work of the same title with which we might confuse it! I can’t be sure (and a cursory Google search can neither confirm nor deny) but it surely must be one of the … Continue reading Whose Messiah is it anyway?
This morning’s Mass at Buckfast Abbey was a celebration marking 60 years since Dom Christopher Delaney’s ordination to the priesthood. The Abbey Choir sang the Gloria and Agnus Dei from Schubert’s Mass in C (D452), a new addition to our repertoire and therefore a bit of a ‘debut performance’. It reminded me of my first concert as Musical Director of Wellington Choral Society. The Schubert … Continue reading Schubert’s Mass in C – a debut
Later this year I’ll once again be masterminding the musical forces for the Somerset Community Foundation’s annual Sing for Somerset event on Saturday 16th December 2017 in Wells Cathedral. It’s a wonderful occasion, with a massed choir (‘Somerset Voices’) joining together with the Mid Somerset Orchestra to provide the music for a Lessons and Carols service on a scale not often seen outside concert halls. … Continue reading Supporting the Somerset Community Foundation
A press release about the ‘Sea Symphony’ concert that I’ll be leading later this year. Singers from choral societies in Exeter, Exmouth and Wellington are undertaking an epic voyage, culminating in a large-scale performance in Exeter Cathedral later this year. Members of the choirs, who will be joined on stage by the Exeter Symphony Orchestra and their conductor Brian Northcott, have begun rehearsals for a … Continue reading Westcountry singers set sail, bound for Exeter Cathedral
For several years now I’ve been the Musical Director of In Ecclesia, a liturgical chamber choir based (loosely) around Taunton, Somerset. We’ve been on many great and exciting adventures, singing Choral Evensong and other services at rural churches around the South West, as wells as residences at some glorious cathedrals and abbeys such as York Minster, Dublin, Salisbury, Exeter and Bath. On Sunday 9th July I conducted my final service with the choir. I’m … Continue reading The end of a journey