A group of us including some singers from the Cathedral Choir got together and gave an encore recital-style performance of my St Andrew's Mass for choir and semi-chorus at St Andrew's Cathedral's lunchtime recital series. Kathleen Cronie, Sarah LeBrocq, Sam Paul and Ross Cumming reprised their solos, and I was thrilled to conduct the group. Also on the program were two premieres of my new arrangements of American folk tunes that are very dear to my heart. You can hear my 'Wayfaring Stranger' here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD1Sn3fbNJA I'm very thankful to all the volunteer singers for giving such an excellent performance! I consider myself lucky to live in a place where putting together these kinds of concerts is so readily within our grasp.
From Alan Cooper's review of the concert: "As I wrote in my review of the BBC Singers on Thursday, in my student days and beyond, the commonly held view was that tonal composition was a busted flush. Everything had been done already and probably better. Now composers like Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre and as we heard on Thursday in Aberdeen, Paul Mealor and Phillip Cooke are proving that there are still so many new ways of composing tonally. I think we should add the name of Sarah Rimkus to that list... Her music was original, fresh, fascinating and above all, attractive."