Janet Wheeler
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quote I am a long time admirer of Janet Wheeler's work. The combination of
voices, jazz trio and blues overtones is quite magicalquote

Jeffrey Wynn Davies

MD Canzonetta Chamber Choir and Cranleigh Choral Week

Janet would be delighted to discuss requests for commissions. She is equally interested in setting existing poetry or newly-written lyrics. Her insight into the poet's intent has led several renowned writers including Kevin Crossley-Holland to approach her to set their words.

Janet is currently working on three commissions. For the choir of St Michael’s Bishops Stortford she is writing All Heaven Before Mine Eyes, an anthem for the celebration of the rebuilding of the organ. This will be premièred in May.
For Saffron Walden Choral Society she is writing The Ceaseless Round of Circling Planets, a choral and orchestral piece to be performed by the choir at the Thaxted Festival in July.
Finally for Southampton Philharmonic Choir she is writing a 20 minute choral and orchestral piece entitled I SIng and Ever Shall, to be performed in October 2016.

In 2015 Janet composed Sleep O Cluster of Friends a setting for choir and harp of Matthew Arnold’s words written in Haworth Churchyard and celebrating the Brontës. It was commissioned by Granta Chorale and performed by them in Saffron Hall on June 6th 2015 with Anne Denholm on harp

Other recent commissions include music for two dramatic works by Nick Warburton, both premiered in Cambridge. HisOther recent commissions include music for two dramatic works by Nick Warburton, both premiered in Cambridge. His Christmas Diaries were performed at St Mark’s, Trumpington in December 2014 and his adaptation of The Old Curiosity Shop was staged at the ADC Theatre in December 2013, both featuring Janet’s music.

A commission from Yellow Car Charitable Trust for a large-scale concert work led to Magnificat cum Angelis, premiered in May 2012. YCCT also supported the performance.

Other previously commissioned works include four substantial compositions for Saffron Walden Choral Society:

 Sea Tongue (secular oratorio setting words by Kevin Crossley-Holland) 2004

Train in the Rain (libretto by Nick Warburton) 2005

On the Breath of the Sky (libretto by Nick Warburton) 2007

MAZE (libretto by Nick Warburton) composed for combined choirs together with Britten Sinfonia. 2012. This was performed in March 2012 in a gala concert that was part of Music Nation, a countdown event for the Cultural Olympiad, organised by LOCOG and the BBC.

In 2009 Janet composed Time becomes a song, a cycle of John Clare settings in memory of Alfred Tealby (a Clare enthusiast). This was commissioned jointly by OCR/Cambridge Assessment and the Tealby-Watson family to celebrate the life and work of the poet. 


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