This month has finally seen the completion  Symphony "St Cecilia" op 87 for chamber orchestra with a duration of 15 minutes. Each movement has a quote from "An Anthem for St Cecilia's day" by W.H Auden above the page. The text was set by Benjamin Britten in his "A Hymn to St Cecilia". This short orchestral work was composed  in reverse with the final and third movement receiving its first performance back in 2018. It is scored for one each of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, a string quintet and two percussionists. 

On 26th June 2021 The choir of St Michael's church Sandhurst, with bass soloist, Kevin Grafton and organist, Jane  Palmer, will give the first performance of extracts from ".......and the angels sing........" op 90 in a reduced version to comply with current Covid 19 restrictions.  

 Future Performances

26th June 2021


"..and the angels sing......." . op90 (extracts. to comply with covid 19 restrictions, movements one, five, seven, eight and nine)

St Michael's Church, Sandhurst, Berkshire.​  Jane Palmer (organ), Kevin Grafton (Bass solo) and the Church choir.

This cantata was commissioned by the church of St Michael and all angels for 800th year celebration. It will form the a part of a celebratory concert which will follow the course of sacred music from the 9th to the 21st centuries. The cantata on the subject of Saint Michael is in nine movements using texts ranging from Alcuin of York, the Bible and John Milton.

Mont Saint-Michel, France

Recent Performances

27th September 2020. "The Akathist to St Michael the Archangel." op 90a

8th March 2020 "Praeludium (5) in tempore belli" op 65b.

15th December 2019 "Alleluia. A new work is come on hand." op 82

29th September 2019. "A Prayer for for St Michael the Archangel." op 90b

29th September 2019. "The Akathist to St Michael the Archangel." op 90a

28th September 2019 "Saharan Danse" op 89

27th January 2019 "Noel" op 81.

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