Within two months of each other, two major choral works received their first performances
Agamemnon’s Tomb is a 52 minute oratorio, commissioned by Huddersfield Choral Society and setting part of a poem by Sacheverell Sitwell. It was composed between 2005 and 2007 and its first performance took place on 9 May 2008 in Huddersfield, conducted by Martyn Brabbins.
Read a programme note for Agamemnon’s Tomb
Read a review here
Tempo review here (with BIS CD1578)
Songs of Rain and Sea is a five movement work for children’s choir (or S.S.A adult choir) to words specially written by the Icelandic writer Sigrún Davídsdóttir.It was commissioned to mark the 50th Anniversary of the founding of Finchley Children’s Music Group and received its first performance on 5 July 2008 at St Pancras Church, London, conducted by Grace Rossiter. A version for S.A.T.B. Choir is also planned. The second performance was given by the same performers at the new King’s Placeconcert hall in London on 15 January 2009.