I'm delighted to be able to report that I have three forthcoming world premieres and a Radio 3 broadcast coming up over the next few months.
Dulciana Vocal Ensemble will be premiering "Come Away Death" in Dublin in October. The text is taken from Shakespeare's poem of the same name from Twelfth Night and is set for acapella female ensemble in six parts (SSMMAA).
In December London Concord Singers will give the premiere of "Thou Hast Made Me Endless", a new acapella SATB setting of a beautiful poem by Rabindranath Tagore, as part of their 50th anniversary concert at the Priory Church of the Order of St John, Clerkenwell, London. The piece is based on an Indian rag and reflects the cyclical nature of the text.
Further to the residency and recording of "Gustate et Videte" in Bristol earlier this year I was commissioned to write a larger scale choral work based on the Old Hispanic Office liturgy. This will consist of three short anthems, a Vespertinus, Sono and Alleluiaticum and also a set of Preces and Responses. Whilst the pieces are conceived a set the intention is very much that they can stand alone for use within the Anglican Liturgy. The first performance will take place at 5pm on Saturday 4th February 2017 in Bristol Cathedral alongside two other new commissions by the fabulous Euchar Gravina and Francisco Carbonell. I may be biased (!) but I think this will be an exceptional hour of new music......
And then also in February BBC Radio 3 will broadcast the recording of the premiere of JOURNEYS made with CYCO back in April as part of Making Music's (with SAM and PRS) "Adopt a Composer" scheme 2015/16.
So many things to look forward to!
I am also delighted to have started my PhD in Composition with Paul Mealor at Aberdeen. Not the logical choice when one lives in Hampshire granted, but too good to turn down and very exciting! Watch this space......
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Alison Willis is a composer and musician based in the East of England.