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  • During the Christmas day service at my church this year (2017), I was listening to the reading of Isaiah 9:2 (the Old Testament prophecy of Jesus' birth) and immediately heard the first two lines set to music in my head. When I got home I started writing it down. It's a grand, challenging 8-part anthem for a large SSAATTBB choir, which I don't have at my disposal, sadly.

    For the recording, I decided the usual Sibelius synthesis wasn't going to cut it. So I multitracked myself singing the choral parts (assisted by the Sibelius sound library on the parts that are too low for me) and combined organ synths from Sibelius and Garageband to produce a more desirable registration. I'm an alto, so I really struggled with the high soprano notes and it shows. Sorry!

    Score can be downloaded here.

  • Scores can be downloaded here.

    You can listen to the next movement here.

  • Scores can be downloaded here.

    You can listen to the next movement here.

  • Scores can be downloaded here.

    You can listen to the next movement here.

  • Scores can be downloaded here.

    You can listen to the first movement of this setting here.

  • This is a setting of the traditional folksong "She's like the swallow". I started working on this piece at the end of 2011. The music is all original except a tiny excerpt at the end, in the final chorus, where the soprano sings a slightly modified version of the traditional tune over the top of my own melody.

    The score can be downloaded here.

piano videos

  • Slowly memorising this movement. Issues that still need work: timing of the entry at 1:12, more precision and less approximation in the passage starting at 1:25, stop getting muddled at the mind-bending patterns at 0:48 and 0:58.
    Credits: the recording I'm playing along to is Evgeny Kissin with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy (which I highly recommend).

  • these are totally out of order since it was too much hassle trying to get the audio+video synced in imovie. 3rd movement, 1st movement, 2nd movement.

  • I was practising the 3rd movement of Rachmaninov's 2nd piano concerto and came across this amazing left-hand passage...
    (I recorded the right hand and both hands together so you can hear what the whole thing sounds like. sorry, there's some distortion cause this was recorded on my laptop and I didn't do a soundcheck).