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.
Janet will lead an introductory session to her new score The Ceaseless Round of Circling Planets during the Repertoire Session for independent composers’ music. By contrast her setting of Hinei Ma Tov (from Psalm 133) will be sung in a session on music of different faiths led by Jeremy Haneman (Mixed Up Chorus) http://www.3ff.org.uk/mixed-up-chorus/ MazeMusic’s stand in the trade exhibition will be well stocked with new scores for all abilities and plenty of old favourites – with free advice from the composer thrown in!
Gloucester Cathedral Choir (Adrian Partington) sang Janet’s Preces and Responses in their Evensong on December 9th 2015, broadcast live from Gloucester Cathedral.
On December 6th 2015 Choros gave the première of The Christmas Life, Janet’s setting of Wendy Cope’s poem for SATB and piano, commissioned by Choros director Janet Lincé for the choir.