2013 (appx 5’)
for double choir (16 parts)
MacMillan famously said ‘Events, dear boy’. Things happen and at times of crisis, the fortunate artist within us can say ‘Enough’, and it is time to inhabit only beauty.
In early 2013 I set about composing four pieces for unaccompanied choir that I dedicated to kind and special people all of whom demonstrated infinite humanity and grace. Each piece chooses texts of great significance. ‘Octo Beatitudines’ is a rich setting of these famous Christian values. Two antiphonal choirs create dramatic yet beautiful sweeping textures. This work came to life in a surprise performance given by outstanding Cambridge choral scholars directed by the remarkable Suzi Digby OBE. It is dedicated to the current Artistic Director of the Royal Northern College of Music, Michelle Castelletti.
So the experience of composing these works was not only deeply cathartic, it was also a way of me creating beauty out of ugliness and challenge and saying things in music I would not wish to repeat in words. Maybe one day a musicologist will have a field day?
Perusal score available on request