World premiere of Breathe

7.30 pm, Saturday 9 June, 2012, Merton College chapel, Oxford

Oxford-based choir, Commotio, are giving the world premiere of John’s piece Breathe. The work is scored for upper voices and tam-tam and was shortlisted for the Joe Shepley Choral Composition…

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The Tiger: World Premiere

The Tiger is a new work, commissioned by The East Oxford Community Choir and scored for SATB choir and brass ensemble. The piece uses the well-known poem, The Tiger, by William Blake. The choir are currently rehearsing the new work…

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Creative Arts Fellowship in Music: new appointment

John has been appointed as the Creative Arts Fellow in Music at Wolfson College, Oxford. The post begins in October 2012 and will run for two to three years. Wolfson is the largest graduate college in Oxford, with a…

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Lamentations: UK Premiere

John’s set of Lamentations is receiving its UK premiere as part of the Passiontide at Merton festival on Saturday 31 March, 2012.

The piece was commissioned by Sospiri for a new CD, Desolata est, recorded in Roujan, France…

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Commotio perform Ave verum

Commotio are giving the first concert performance of John’s Ave verum on Saturday, March 10th at 7:30 pm in St Barnabas’ Church, Oxford. Alongside John’s piece is the Mass for Double Choir by Frank Martin, the European premiere of Frank…

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Concert: The Singing Will Never Be Done

Sospiri are performing a concert of music for remembrance, including Arvo Pärt’s sublime Stabat Mater and Rudolf Mauersberger’s moving elegy Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst written just after the bombing of Dresden in 1945. Alongside this the…

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Novello publishes two new pieces

Novello is publishing John’s motet Nunc autem manet and the carol La Ballade de Jesus Christ as part of the Novello New Choral Series, which is being launched at the ABCD conference at

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Shorter House publishes two new pieces

Shorter House is publishing John’s 12-part Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in a new collection of Canticles The Book of New Canticles Volume II. This new set is being launched at the ABCD conference at the Birmingham Conservatoire, August…

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World première of ‘Dance’

John is putting the finishing touches to a new piece – a setting of the poem ‘Dance’ by the medieval Persian mystic and poet, Rumi. The work was commissioned by dancer and choreographer, Cecilia Macfarlane, as the overture to her…

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Competition piece shortlisted

Breathe was shortlisted for the Joe Shepley Choral Composition Competition in March 2011. The competition is run by the Namasté Women’s Choir of California. The brief was to write an a cappella piece for women’s…

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