A SUDDEN PREMIERE

SO this all happened in a bit of a blaze. In essence, while preparing for an evensong yesterday at St Peter’s Church, Siena (one of the sister churches to St Mark’s in Florence), I discovered several members of the choir weren’t able to come. This in essence resulted in a choir of me, the organist and one other soprano joining us – not enough to get through most of the repertoire I had chosen. (And it’s a shame, because Gibbons’ Short Service is a real banger.)

ANYWAY, long story short, on the bus to Siena I ended up writing a Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, from henceforth christened the Little St Peter’s Service. The Magnificat was sung as part of the evensong (the organist’s Nunc Dimittis, written in the same situation, was used alongside).

‘Twas all very exciting, I must say.

PREMIERE OF… NOT THE ‘IN PARADISUM’

OK SO

change of plan… there is a severe shortage of choir members here this week for All Souls tomorrow, and so the four-part In Paradisum has had to be postponed for a later date. Instead, comes a brand new premiere – my Missa Simpla Defunctorum, written specifically for the occasion! Premiering at St Mark’s English Church, Florence, at Solemn High Mass on All Souls’ Day (November 2), 7:00pm.

PREMIERE OF ‘IN PARADISUM’

SO a week ago today I arrived in Florence to begin my year’s tenure as the choirmaster of St Mark’s English Church in Florence. On All Souls at Evening High Mass, the choir here, directed by me, will premiere my In Paradisum during the service. It shall be jolly exciting, I do say!


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