New Year news

Posted on 7th January 2022 by simonbeattie

Happy New Year. Things have been quiet on the blog for a while, so I thought I’d post a little update. December was quite busy, catching up with cataloguing and working on some new compositions. A new list of recent acquisitions should be out later in the month, and I am also pleased to report that two pieces of mine will receive their premiere performances this month. The first is the Epiphany piece Magi viderunt stellam. Although I wrote the piece some years ago (and indeed blogged about it last year), it has in fact never been performed publicly. So I was delighted when Edward Wickham got in touch to say the Choir of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge will perform the piece as part of their NightSongs (compline) service on Thursday 20 January. Then, on Sunday 23 January, Belfast Cathedral Choir will premiere my Missa Sanctae Annae, a new mass setting which Matthew Owens commissioned from me last year. Matthew was looking for an unaccompanied, upper-voice setting in only two parts. I enjoyed the challenge of writing something within those constraints, and I can’t wait to hear it.

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