Many thanks to the musicians who took the time to write, score and submit entries for A Summer Psalm.
There were some wonderful pieces, but in the end only one winner – Turning by Deanna Witkowski. You can hear the piece for four parts with piano accompaniment on Soundcloud here, or view the score which is for sale on her website here.
Deanna is a professional freelance musician, with extensive church liturgy experience. Although successful in competitions in the USA, this is her first win outside her home country.
Needless to say I now have to turn the small prize monies into actual US Dollars, and ship them to New York.
A couple of other entries deserve particular thanks and mention – Tony Orbell’s Hear My Cry, a setting of Psalm 142 and Darryll Prew’s Psalm 51 were both excellent and shortlisted for final consideration. Well done chaps, and best of luck in future competitions.
It’s not Christmas. I’m not daft. It’s seven months away.
But at the same time, I’d like to share a piece I’ve written that you might want to use at Christmas. Last year I fulfilled a bucket-list ambition and entered a composition competition with an original work for SATB.
Over the years I’ve written a number of songs and pieces of music for church use or with an overtly Christian theme.
Rather than bunch them all with the rest of my work, I’m pulling them together into this one place.
vox ignis is a couple of Latin words, for “voice” and “fire” (as in a beacon, a light on a hill) and I hope that imagery will be persistent. There’s a whole load of Biblical connotations to both words, but I’m not going to explore that here. Please feel free to browse through what I already have, and don’t hesitate to ask if you have an idea you’d commission me to write.
Most of the gigs I’ve ever done have been as a backing musician. Backing in a band, backing a choir, backing an event. Solo gigs have certainly happened in the context of a social or dinner event and therefore I have been a side attraction at best.