Interviews & Articles
There has always been a strong association between folk music and the choral repertoire – not least since the days of gures like Holst and Vaughan Williams, when the choral arrangements they made of the songs they collected on their rural travels gave new life to words and tunes which otherwise might have been lost. And although Alexander’s piece doesn’t use a traditional melody, it’s really nice to see this beautiful 18th-century dialect poem sensitively clothed in a – very atmospheric – contemporary setting. It’s great to see centuries-old words attracting a modern composer in this way, and his piece is
one which any reasonably accomplished amateur choir could perform very well.
Michael Emery, BBC Singers Producer, 01/03/2015
This was an admirable piece of strong vocal counterpoint, generating considerable harmonic complexity and vocalist-friendly owing lines. I admired the fact that the whole composition was able to remain in four (SATB) parts with no divisi at all.
Judith Weir, Master of the Queens Music, 01/03/2015
A shivering account of a Northumberland winter inspired this issue’s composition.
Maggie Hamilton, Editor of Choir & Organ Magazine, 01/03/2015