From my window

From my window

Extraordinary times, like nothing most of us have ever experienced.

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Church and Composers

Church and Composers

Thoughts about composing music for Christian communities today.

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Where do you get your ideas from?

Where do you get your ideas from?

It’s a sensible enough question, and one that every composer is asked – yet none of us has a good answer.

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The benefits of a cathedral chorister education

The benefits of a cathedral chorister education

Does anyone know of anyone researching the benefits of chorister training?

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Remembering David Willcocks (1919-2015)

Remembering David Willcocks (1919-2015)

I am immensely the richer for having been David's student, assistant, and friend.

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Christmas Quiz 2019: The Answers

Christmas Quiz 2019: The Answers

So here you are - the answers to my 12 Christmas Quiz questions - some of them quite tricky!

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Christmas Quiz 2019

Christmas Quiz 2019

Welcome to my 2019 Christmas Quiz! There will be a new question every day from 1-12 December.

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RIP Stephen Cleobury (1948-2019)

RIP Stephen Cleobury (1948-2019)

A fond farewell to church music's only knight, an honour he so richly deserved. Nunc dimittis, Stephen.

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Putting music at the centre

Putting music at the centre

The wheel of fashion needs a spin to rediscover music as the newest and brightest idea in education.

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What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

Thoughts on the anniversary of the death of Italian composer Francesco Durante (1684-1755).

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Q&A with John Rutter

Q&A with John Rutter

John answers 10 questions he's asked most frequently.

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Haydn: The heavens are telling

Haydn: The heavens are telling

Memories of singing Haydn’s The Creation for the first time.

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No Composer is an Island

No Composer is an Island

Reflections on the approach of Elgar's birthday (2 June 1857).

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Handel: Let their celestial concerts all unite

Handel: Let their celestial concerts all unite

I always feel a connection with Handel as I walk past his house in Brook Street.

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Lili Boulanger: Pie Jesu

Lili Boulanger: Pie Jesu

The haunting beauty of Lili Boulanger's last work seems to speak of another world.

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2018 Discoveries

2018 Discoveries

Here are my 10 music discoveries from the year.

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Anthologising: Sacred Choruses

Anthologising: Sacred Choruses

How my career as an anthologist began.

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Sacred Choruses

Sacred Choruses

The biggest project of my entire career is about to come to fruition.

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Weddings

Weddings

A royal wedding, and we all wish the young couple well. But here’s a confession...

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Music: Nature needs Nurture

Music: Nature needs Nurture

Music is a gift of nature, but it may well remain locked in a box until someone gives you the key to release it.

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What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

We shouldn’t have to use the term ‘classical’ almost like an apology.

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