I have neglected this page a bit, with my PhD defense (or “viva voce” on this side of the pond) coming up on 14 November, and serious (and seriously rewarding!) teaching load during my last term in Aberdeen. However, I have a number of performances coming up this season:
The Harmonium Choral Society and conductor Dr. Anne Matlack will be performing my ‘Mater Dei’ as part of their ‘Navidad Nuestra’ concerts on Saturday, December 8, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 3 p.m. at Morristown United Methodist Church in New Jersey. They will also be performing my Dylan Thomas setting ‘We walked through the trees’ in March 2019, which will be the American premiere of the piece. Both of these works feature texts that I absolutely fell in love with before and during the composing process, and I hope Harmonium enjoys them as much as I do!
Also on Saturday 8 December, the choir of the Oratory Church of St Chad in Manchester and their conductor Rory Johnston will be giving the UK premiere of my ‘Ave Rosa, Sine Spinis’ at their mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
On Sunday 18 November, the Chamber Choir of Christopher Newport University in Virginia will perform my spectral-inspired ‘Shenandoah,’ conducted by Jacquelyn Shilling. Also in Virginia, the choir of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Richmond and their director Ryan Tibbetts will be performing my ‘Hodie’ in their Christmas Eve service.
On 1 December, the Groton-Dunstable High School Chamber Chorus will perform my ‘O God, Thy sea is so great…’ on their fall semester concert in Groton, MA. Quite a feat for a high school ensemble, but their recordings are absolutely top-notch and I’m certain they’ll do an excellent job!
Last but not least, I have a couple of remaining performances with my ‘home choir’ of the University of Aberdeen Chapel Choir in the last bit of my time here. The choir will be premiering my setting of Michael O'Siadhail’s poem Motet, commissioned by the Very Rev Professor Iain Torrance, at the University’s afternoon graduation ceremony on Friday 23 November. Michael will be receiving an honorary Doctor of Literature at the ceremony. The choir will also be performing my arrangement of ‘Shall we gather at the river?’ at the UK Consulate House for the British ambassador to the United States while on their tour to New York City, on Monday 26 November.