Meet the Composer: Nicholas O’Neill

Nicholas O’Neill’s Missa Loquebantur variis linguis received its premiere performance on Sunday 20 May 2018 during Choral Eucharist at St Mary Abbots Parish Church in Kensington, London. It was performed by the Choir of St Mary Abbots directed of Mark Uglow. We wanted to know more about this exciting composer and his new mass. When did… Read more →

Meet the Composer: Phillip Cooke

The Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis performed in this year’s Choral Evensong BBC broadcast were written by Phillip Cooke. We asked him a bit more about his process and what inspires him to write. When did you start composing? As soon as I began piano lessons as a child. It really began as bad piano playing… Read more →

Meet the Composer: Miriam Mackie

The Responses performed in this year’s Choral Evensong BBC broadcast were written by Miriam Mackie. We asked her a bit more about her process and what inspires her to write. When did you start composing? I was young – probably about age 7. What made you start composing? My father was always improvising on the… Read more →

Meet the Composer: Ben Rowarth

One of the key commissions of 2018’s Festival received its first performances at St Pancras Church and St Cuthbert’s, Earls Court during Festival week. Ben Rowarth’s Night Prayer: Compline Renewed is an experimental, atmospheric exploration of the office of compline. We spoke to Ben about his career so far and what to expect from his… Read more →

Meet the Composer: Diana Burrell

One of the featured composers in the 2018 Festival’s opening concert Diana and Gregory at 70 is Diana Burrell. We asked her to tell us a bit more about her background and influences. When did you start composing? In my last two years at school. What made you start composing I wanted to ‘make’ things…. Read more →