Janet is very pleased to have been commissioned to compose an anthem for Requiem to Cancer – originally scheduled for the end of September 2020, but now postponed until 2021. She is delighted to support this very worthwhile cause, following in the footsteps of previous composers Will Todd and Cecilia McDowall.
In April Janet had been due to conduct Saffron Walden Choral Society and the Chameleon Arts Orchestra in Alec Roth’s A Time To Dance paired with the Bach Magnificat. SWCS hope to reschedule these wonderful pieces in due course.
A programme in the SONORO series Choral inspirations was to include Janet’s Beati Quorum Via (Homage to Stanford) as well as Sarah Cattley’s Sicut Cervus. Janet and her chamber choir Granta Chorale were due to share the Saffron Hall platform with Neil Ferris and professional chamber choir SONORO in March. Sadly the event fell victim to the pandemic but all hope to pick up the project again when possible.
The Tealby Watson family (already regular patrons through their commissions for Time Becomes A Song and Gather the Good Days) commissioned new choral pieces from Janet for a family celebration on the island of Arran in summer 2019. Janet set wonderful Scottish poems by Gordon Jarvie and George Bruce, whose poem Voyage We to Islands is to be the title piece for Janet’s intended cycle growing from these two songs. Janet conducted a super ad
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.