Janet’s new commission for NYCGB and O Duo, setting a text by John Taylor, was sung in the final concert at their Training Choir’s residential course at Giggleswick School in Yorkshire. Written for double SATB and percussion duo, the piece considers the extraordinary range of the human mind; from astrophysics to sublime poetry and music, the mind encompasses it all. Course director Greg Beardsell said afterwards: The singers’ positive response to ‘Imagine It’ was testament to its brilliance as a choral work for this group – challenging, colourful, imaginative! It was wonderful too, to work with O uo, an outstanding pair of musicians. Imagine It! is the chosen piece for summer’s new NYCGB YouTube video. Professional filmmakers Webb Street Studios worked with the choir and O Duo to create a dramatic production which will be released on NYCGB’s YouTube channel shortly.
For the Centenary celebration of the Newnham College Roll, Janet composed Better is Wisdom. She co-wrote the text with fellow Newnham College alumna Deborah Chancellor, basing it around the text of the magnificent embroidered banner which was carried during many suffrage marches during years of campaigning for the vote. The piece for SSAA choir and piano was premièred very successfully by a choir of Newnham Alumnae conducted by Janet and accompanied by Janet’s daughter Sarah Cattley – herself also a Newnham alumna. The piece combines an energetic refrain (“Better is Wisdom than weapons of war”) with more reflective sections inspired by the beautiful college gardens and their place in the affections of the students, past, present and future. Pictured: Janet and Deborah with the banner, embroidered by students from Newnham and Girton Colleges.
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Saffron Walden Choral Society, Saturday 24th March,7.30 Janet will conduct the second performance of this choral and orchestral work (Baritone soloist: Timothy Nelson) which was commissioned in 2016 by David Gibson and Southampton Philharmonic Society. Mozart’s Great C Minor Mass and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik complete the programme. Click here for details:
Suzi Digby has formed professional choir ORA to commission and record 100 new pieces from the “new golden age of choral music”. Janet’s new setting of Terra Tremuit will partner the Palestrina original on the forthcoming CD.Photo Nick Rutter Janet Wheeler