You may have read our blog 'Yin and Yan' earlier this month featuring our much-loved and unique 'Accessible Choral Library Series', which is now in its 10th year and still going strong! Tim Knight is passionate about the survival of choirs and choral music and the traditions embodied therein which were instilled in him at an early age when he was fortunate enough to have spent many years as a chorister under the tutelage of the 'legendary', sadly now late, Dr Francis Jackson CBE and is determined that the 'ACL Series' will live on and continue to expand and serve any choirs with any make-up of voice parts and numbers.
So we were very excited when renowned and fellow English composer Olivia Sparkhall saw our post and got in touch to say that she would like to contribute to the series and had a piece (or two, fingers crossed!) that might be suitable.
Olivia (picture courtesy of Ash Mills) is a composer, conductor, teacher, and author of a series of books for young people about the voice. She studied composition at school with Derek Bourgeois and at Durham University with Paul Archbold, and has since received critical acclaim for her vocal music. She was short-listed in the Cappella Nova competition in 2018 for Dona nobis pacem and is occasionally commissioned to write choral works. Her music has been sung in the UK and abroad, including on BBC One’s Songs of Praise and Radio 3.
We wasted no time in corresponding with Olivia and the result is that we are delighted to welcome her to our portfolio with her first piece, 'God of all creation' for SAMen and Organ or Piano which is now available as a printed copy or PDF download via these links, with an exclusive new release offer on the Tim Knight Music website as follows:
The Composer says about her piece:
"Composed for Creationtide; the season of harvest (UK) or thanksgiving (USA), God of all creation is characterised by its flowing piano accompaniment and lyrical melody. There’s some unison singing, some passages where the melodic phrases are shared between the voice-parts, and use of sequential repetition to extend the phrase. The piece is scored for Sopranos, Altos, Unison Lower Voices, and an accompaniment which is equally successful whether played on piano or one-manual organ. I also wrote the lyrics which are inspired by prayers from the Book of Common Prayer." https://youtu.be/bZ2oWnv8lrQ - link to 'follow-the-score' courtesy of the composer
You can view all the titles in the Accessible Choral Library via this website link:
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