This Pentecost motet will be paired with Tallis’ famous setting of the same text at evensong by the choir of St Bride’s, Fleet Street on Sunday 9th June. Janet’s work uses the opening of the plainchant as a motif to create a jabbering effect to mimic many voices.
Sonoro commissioned Janet as one of six composers to write a work inspired by a choral classic. Janet chose Stanford’s Beati Quorum Via as her inspiration for personal reasons, as she explains in this short video. Watch and listen to her setting here and get in touch for a perusal score. Sonoro are bringing the whole set of twelve paired works to Cardiff, Newcastle, Birmingham, and London this summer and autumn. A workshop for local choirs will precede each performance. For the full Choral Inspirations playlist, including the classic original pieces, click here.
As part of their programme ‘The Music of Rome’ ORA Singers premièred Janet’s Terra Tremuit at LSO St Luke’s in London on 1st June. ORA are partway through the process of commissioning 100 choral composers each to write a reflection on a Renaissance piece, and Janet was asked to respond to Palestrina’s motet Terra Tremuit. In a pre-performance Q&A session with ORA’s Artistic Director and Founder, Suzi Digby OBE, Janet spoke about her focus on painting in music the dramatic text (“the earth shook”) describing an earthquake. ORA Singers perform Terra Tremuit again on 30th June at SJE Arts as part of Oxford Festival of the Arts.
The video made during the NYCGB Training Choir Summer School in August has now been launched on the choir’s YouTube channel. Conductor Greg Beardsell and virtuoso percussionists O Duo worked with the young singers to perform and record Janet’s setting of words by John Taylor, exploring the infinite variety of what the human mind can do. Gramophone Magazine made it their Video of the Day on 16th October 2018. You can watch the video here. To read John Taylor’s great libretto, turn the captions on.
Janet was delighted to be commissioned by the organisers of the inaugural LICCC to write the set test piece for the competition. The invitation presented a hugely exciting opportunity to set a wonderful new text by renowned librettist Euan Tait. The poem beautifully draws the parallel between the singer’s experience of choral music and our common human experience of life’s trajectory from beginning to end. A strong international field of six finalists will conduct the combined forces of chamber choirs Chantage, Coro and FREIA at the Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music on Sunday 21st October. Each of the finalists will conduct the piece during the evening – an unusual experience for a composer to have six performances of the same piece in one concert!