Danse Macabre 2013 – Church Times Review

So passes the glory of the world Roderic Dunnett hears a work inspired by a grim image of Death, the great leveller **** WHILE concentrating on music for the liturgy and anthems for services, the annual London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, which has taken up the torch from Michael Nicholas’s high-achieving (formerly triennial) celebrations… Read more →

Philip Moore Concert 2013 – Church Times Review

Seventieth-birthday tribute to composer Roderic Dunnett on a Philip Moore focus for a London festival **** PHILIP MOORE was still the organist of York Minster when I encountered a double cassette of his music a decade ago. It included more than two hours of choral music, and some organ music; and it struck me that… Read more →

The Tablet, May 2012

Deep maternal instincts Roxanna Panufnik: Magnificat ST PANCRAS CHURCH, LONDON St Hildegard of Bingen set to music the “Magnificat”, Mary’s exultant post-Annunciation poem to music, but, so far as we know, did so like all men, without the experience of childbirth behind her. Of female composers, Elisabeth Lutyens set it after having had children, and… Read more →

Exultate Singers, 19th May 2012

Exultate Singers in Roxanna Panufnik Premières by Paul Kilbey via Bachtrack *** Contemporary religious music can seem to exist in a different world to the rest of contemporary music, and rarely since Messiaen was in his prime has there been much evidence of it as a really progressive wing of composition. But unlike much new… Read more →

Church Times Review 2011

Contemporary sacred strains Roderic Dunnett on recent concerts of old and new music **** FOR a whole concert on the South Bank in London to be given over to one composer, he or she must have achieved a certain standing. Cecilia McDowall has just received an honour of this kind at the Purcell Room, where… Read more →