A review of music written using Latin texts in service of the liturgy of the Catholic Church encompassing music written in all periods with a concentration on contemporary composers.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

2010 British Composer Awards

The nominations for the 2010 British Composer Awards were announced this evening. In the Choral section (presumably because it is a selective setting) is Sasha Siem's Psalm No 140, in the Liturgical section Cheryl Frances-Hoad's Psalm No. 1. Both are English text settings and commissioned for a concert in Cambridge in November 2009. James MacMillan's Jubilate Deo was also nominated, again an English text setting. One Latin text work did make muster; Cecilia McDowall's Deus, Portus Pacis [SSATB unnac.] This was commissioned by the Musicians Benevolent Fund  for the Festival of St Cecilia, which took place at St Paul's Cathedral in London on the 18th November 2009.  Published by OUP. It's text is taken from a medieval Augustinian poem.

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