These variations on John Dowland’s love song Come Away, Sweet Love Doth Now Invite were composed originally to be played by a wedding string quartet. This is the first performance in an extended version for string orchestra, including two new variations. Harlow Symphony Orchestra – St John’s Church, Epping Sunday 2 July 7.30pm
Psallite Women’s Choir (director Nancy Hadden) commissioned this work with support from Cockayne Grants for the Arts and the London Community Foundation. The text weaves together joyful extracts from Psalm 68, Walt Whitman, Thomas Campion and Emily Bronte. Rhapsodic bursts of renaissance flute punctuate shifting choral and solo textures and little touches of percussion add colour and sparkle. Psallite Women’s Choir – The Old Church, Stoke Newington Thursday 29 June 7.30pm
Conductor Joanna Tomlinson has commissioned this setting of First World War poet Siegfred Sassoon’s most famous poem for Farnham Youth Choir. The poem encompasses a joyful reaction to the end of the war and perhaps too the way that an outbreak of singing in the trenches had banished the horror. The setting develops ideas inspired by the poem’s sudden universal joy and bird imagery and its recurring main theme repeats and dies away to the end with the sustained conviction that “the singing will never be done”. This concert on March 22nd is part of Farnham Festival 2017.
The London première will be given by Imperial College Choir and Orchestra (Director Colin Durrant) at Holy Trinity Church SW7. Janet conducted the first performance in the final concert of the 2016 Thaxted Festival. In tribute to Gustav Holst, founder of the Festival 100 years ago, the piece combines texts about the harmony of the spheres with Orlando Gibbons’ glorious Renaissance hymn Eternal ruler of the ceaseless round of circling planets, Singing on their way. Atmospheric colour is added by overtone singing and the vibrant ethereal sound of the waterphone.
Janet’s composition Of Beaks and Quills will be premièred by Francis Knights and the Dulcis Venti quartet led by Stephen Watkins on June 4th 2016 at the Headgate Theatre Colchester