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Phillip gets creative with Alcuin!

Updated: May 24, 2022

In our tradition of promoting Northern composers, we are pleased to introduce two new pieces to our Accessible Choral Library Series; one by Tim Knight and the other by the newest composer to our stable, Phillip Sangwine.

Phillip is currently the Director of Music of Old Malton Priory. The choir at the Priory sings the full range of Anglican Church music to a high standard. Phillip also runs his own private music teaching business called Phillip Sangwine Music. Previously Phillip has previously held posts in York and Beverley. In keeping with our connection to York Minster, Phillip's son is also a chorister there. To escape music and teaching, Phillip’s other interests include railways, travel, photography, destructive gardening (ground elder killing!) and fine ales.

Phillip feels that composing is an exciting form of creativity in which original ideas are shaped and developed. He has found that setting texts to music can really shed new light on the words and their meanings.

As a composer based in York, Phillip found the Alcuin text interesting and could see how it could be used as a short anthem or introit for parish church use, and his setting of the words for Unison Choir with either organ or piano accompaniment, 'A Prayer of Alcuin' is his first piece in the Accessible Choral Library Series. Alcuin of York was around between 735 and 804 and was an English Scholar, Poet, Teacher and Clergyman. In a twist of fate, he founded the school that Phillip's son now attends!

To add to the connection to York Minster, we are adding another piece to the ACL Series, this time by Tim Knight, who of course comes from York and was a Chorister at the Minster. His piece, 'Lighten our Darkness' is a setting of the third collect at evensong, (which is rather topical at the moment being 'The Collect for Aid against Perils') scored for SAMen and Organ or Piano accompaniment. This will be useful for those choirs that sing evening services or it would make a final concert blessing.

Both pieces are available at the introductory offer prices of only £12.00 per download (for unlimited copies) or £1.20 per printed copy (min 10 copies) until 30th May 2022 - simply click on the links below to order

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