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February 2019: Exciting news all around! Back in December, I was contacted by The Fourth Choir to compose a new work for their fifth anniversary. They’ve been hard at work - and now you can view it yourself! Song of Myself was an extraordinarily fun piece to compose, and I’ve tried to reflect the energy and queerness of the choir for whom it was written. I’m also extremely pleased that the Alberta Foundation for the Arts has awarded me a travel grant to hear the premiere in three weeks’ time! I’m so looking forward to being reunited with these wonderful folks for their concert on March 9. My next project is already underway: a queer song cycle in response to Schumann’s Dichterliebe, setting the poetry of Edmonton poet Matthew Stepanic! Matthew’s poetry is clear and beautiful, and I can’t wait to see how this piece comes together.
December 2018: This year has seen some exciting performances! Back in the spring, I had the pleasure of working with British pianist Clare Simmonds on a new performance and recording of Three Movements, my vicious and athletic piano work from 2013. After its premiere in London, I am like many had two outings in Canada: in June, by the new Halifax-based choir Eastern Horizon (with conductor Jack Bennet), and in September, by Pro Coro Canada (with emerging conductor Paul Genyk-Berezowsky). As well, excerpts from my collection of piano miniatures, Book of Mirrors, received their first performance in Winnipeg as part of the new SOUNDYARD concert series in November. I’ve also just received word of a new project with the fabulous folks in London’s The Fourth Choir, which I hope to be able to share very soon…
March 2018: The past season has been a productive time for composition! I'm extremely pleased to announce that I am the new composer-in-residence for the London-based LGBT chamber choir, The Fourth Choir! This is an exciting time for me, and I've already finished my first commission for their ensemble: I am like many, a dramatic choral scene on the Wolfenden Report. See the score here, and hear The Fourth Choir on 19 May at Senate House Library as part of their Queer Between the Covers exhibition. Also, this month sees the launch of my first ever recording: The Annunciation of Solomon has been included by the St Salvator's Chapel Choir in their brand-new CD, Annunciations. Finally, be sure to catch the London premiere of Voices of Vimy by the Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge as part of the John Armitage Memorial's Music of Our Time concert on 22 March!
August 2017: It has been a busy and eventful summer! June saw the premiere of Prairie Bound by the irrepressible Pro Coro Canada and conductor Michael Zaugg. In July, Voices of Vimy received its emotional first performance by the BBC Singers with conductor Daniel Cook and cellist Jamie Walton (with performances by Pro Coro and the Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge still forthcoming), and I made the journey to Barcelona to attend the World Symposium on Choral Music! Of course, this was all in addition to completing my Master of Music degree at King's College London. Time to get back to composing!
May 2017: Some exciting performances in the coming months! On 1 June, Pro Coro Canada will premiere my piece Prairie Bound, an ecstatic and fiery choral anthem, at the Edmonton International Choral Festival under the direction of Michael Zaugg. Later, on 15 July, the BBC Singers take on my newest project: Voices of Vimy, a collaborative work written with composer Tom Harrold and poet Grahame Davies. Although I've been scribbling away at instrumental music the past few months (a piano cycle and an orchestral tone poem will make an appearance shortly...), I'm looking forward to some positive choral experiences!