Choral Works

2014

The Land of Lost Content

for SATB choir

2014

Duration

c. 3.5 miniutes

Performances

Premiere: 8 November 2014
'Was it a Lovely War?' - WWI Commemoration Concert
St John's United Reformed Church, Stourbridge
Performed by Gig Caritas

Program Note

The Land of Lost Content makes use of an A.E. Housman text taken from No. 40 of his famous cycle of poems, A Shrophire Lad (1896). Written before World War I, the words of Housman's poem are certainly prescient, and serve as both reflective and foreshadowing in this year of remembrance amidst such international insecurity. The text also holds strong personal reverence, as its quotation in Dennis Potter's Blue Remembered Hills (1979) made a lasting imprint on my perception of war during my childhood.

This setting was commissioned by Keith Horsfall and Gig Caritas through funds generously donated by Waitrose. The work will receive its first performance by the commissioning ensemble in St John's United Reformed Church, Stourbridge on 8th November 2014 as part of a concert commemorating the outbreak of World War I.

2011

'Rambo, Rambo, Rambo, Rambo, Rambo' from Rambo: The Opera

for SATB choir

2011

Duration

c. 5 minutes

Performances

Premiere: 9 December 2011
New Hall, Corbett Road
Performed by the Fires of Cardiff and the Stallone Singers

Program Note

Excerpt from Rambo: The Opera. The concluding number of Act I in which the chorus articulates the contradictory emotions Rambo is feeling after accidentally murdering Art Galt by shooting him out of a helicopter.

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Choral