Commission for the inaugural London International Choral Conducting Competition: The Cries of Music

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!

Continue Reading →

Hendrix College Carol Competition

Hendrix College, Arkansas, established its Candlelight Carol services, modelled on the Christmas Eve services from Kings College Chapel, in 1964. Janet’s entry Behold, I Come, was selected from over 65 submissions for the 2017 Candlelight Carol Competition and will be premiered on 30 November at the start of a regional tour by the choir.

Continue Reading →

Introit wins Friends of Cathedral Music Diamond Jubilee Composition Competition

Janet’s prizewinning Introit We Sing to God the Spring of Mirth will be premiered at a Festal Evensong at Southwark Cathedral on Saturday 25th June, 4pm.   The service will celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the Friends of Cathedral Music and the Introit will be sung by Southwark Cathedral Great Choir (Boys, Girls and Men).   Members of the Friends of Cathedral Music will receive copies, published by Novello.

Continue Reading →