Sarah’s Fitzwilliam Service was the canticles setting in evensong sung by the chapel choir of Selwyn College Cambridge on Tuesday. A recording of their beautiful performance is available to listen to on this page.
Ely Cathedral Girls Choir sang Sarah’s Fitzwilliam Service in evensong on Wednesday, conducted by Sarah MacDonald and with Aaron Shilson at the organ. This was the second performance of the canticles in their original upper voices version. Sarah MacDonald will be conducting the Fitzwilliam Service again next week when it is sung by the choir of Selwyn College.
Sarah’s piece FourSeascapes has been shortlisted for Yorkshire Late Starters Strings‘ New Music Commission 2019-20. The four shortlisted pieces will be played by the orchestra on 27th October in a workshop with conductor Stuart Hazelton and composer Howard Skempton. Howard Skempton will also be giving shortlisted composers a tutorial session on their pieces.
Sarah’s setting of Andrew Lang’s poem Ballade of True Wisdomwas premiered in Lamlash, on Arran, on 26th August in a celebration of a Pearl Wedding anniversary and a 21st birthday. It was commissioned specially to be sung at the event by a scratch choir. The poem argues that all one really needs to be happy is ‘a house full of books, and a garden of flowers’.
The chapel choir of University College Oxford, conducted by Giles Underwood, sang Sarah’s Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in evensong on Sunday. The setting was originally written for the upper voices of Fitzwilliam College Cambridge and later adapted for mixed choir; this was its Oxford premiere.
Sarah’s piece Dream Fever for bass viol and electronics was named joint winner of the National Centre for Early Music’s Young Composers Award 2019, alongside Derri Joseph Lewis’s piece Walls Of Brass. The two pieces will both be performed again by virtuoso viol player Liam Byrne on October 12th at Glitch in Bristol. The performance will be recorded for broadcast on Radio 3’s Early Music Show.
The challenge for this year’s National Centre for Early Music Young Composers Award was to write a fantasy for bass viol and electronics to be played by virtuoso viol player Liam Byrne. Sarah’s piece Dream Fever has been shortlisted and will be workshopped and performed on 8th and 9th May in York. The music aims to portray the feeling of drifting into and suddenly waking out of a feverish hallucinatory dream. Sarah is very excited to be returning to the award after her The Basilica Remembers A Maestro was shortlisted last year.
Caritas Chamber Choir have released their second album, which includes three pieces by Sarah, written during her time as their Composer of the Year 2017-2018: Ave Maria, Dance the Seven Seas and Haec Dies. Her prize-winning piece The Pardoner’s Song featured on their previous disc, A Caritas Collection 2017.