O Viridissima Virga: a new recording

Papagena, the brilliant British female vocal quintet, have been performing ‘O viridissima virga’ in their live shows for a couple of years now. John’s setting of the Hildegard of Bingen text was composed in 2005 as a commission for Lucy…

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A new piece for Colin Mawby

Colin Mawby, who died on 24 November, 2019, was choirmaster when John was a chorister at Westminster Cathedral in the 1970s. John has written a setting of the In Paradisum text, the Latin antiphon sung at the end of the…

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Advent Antiphons in Oxfordshire

Choros is a semi-professional chamber choir based in rural North Oxfordshire. A number of years ago director, Janet Lincé, commissioned a new piece from John: a set of Advent Antiphons, which the choir premiered in 2012. Since then there have…

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Christmas Carol on Tour!

John’s bittersweet Carol, O Babe Born Bare, has become a Christmas favourite with Minneapolis-based group Cantus. Their seasonal series Three Tales of Christmas kicks off this week at Staplin Performing Arts Center in Des Moines IA, and takes in venues…

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The singing will never be done: South American premiere

Last year, the Chilean Choir, Coro Elysium, gave a performance of John’s quartet of WWI pieces The Singing Will Never Be Done. This collection brings together texts from the soldier-poets: Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg, Seigfried Sassoon and Ivor Gurney and…

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Stabat Mater Speciosa: a new commission

The brilliant female a cappella group, Papagena, have asked John to write a new piece for them using the ‘Stabat Mater Speciosa’ text, the sister of the more well-known and frequently set ‘Stabat Mater Dolorosa’.…

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Advent Antiphons

John’s Advent Antiphons are now available from the small independent music publisher, Shorter House, who are distributing worldwide, except in the United States, where scores are available from Read More...

Ave verum in Cambridge

The choir of St Catherine’s College, Cambridge will be performing John’s Ave verum at their Sunday Eucharist service: 11am, Sunday 27 January. This simple, plangent motet was written for Dr John Rowntree, director of the…

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The Singing Will Never Be Done

The Elysian Singers will be performing John’s set of 4 pieces The Singing Will Never Be Done: 10 November 2018 7:30pm // St Luke’s Chelsea, London SW3. The collection uses texts by Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg, Siegfried Sassoon and Ivor…

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Papagena perform “O Viridissima Virga”

The a cappella vocal group Papagena will be performing John’s upper voice piece “O Viridissima Virga” this month

Friday June 8, Nottingham Cathedral (7.30pm)

Monday June 11, Christchurch Priory Festival (7.30pm)

The piece was commissioned by…

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