Festive Voluntary

This is a live recording of Festive Voluntary by Nicholas O’Neill. It was performed at St Pancras Parish Church on Sunday 10 May 2015 by Michael Waldron.

Nicholas O’Neill was born in Cheltenham in 1970. His music has won the 2012 American
Guild of Organists Marilyn Mason Award for Organ Composition, the 1992 Norwich
Festival Composition Competition and the 1993 Gregynog Young Composers’ Award. He
shared the Barbara Johnstone Composition Prize in 1995 and has been shortlisted for the
William Mathias, Cornelius Cardew, Oare String Orchestra, Purcell and Vocalis
composition awards. Recent commissions include works for Exeter College, Oxford, the
Lloyd George Society and the Magna Carta 800 Committee. O’Neill is Composer in
Residence to the Parliament Choir and the Academy of Saint Cecilia.

Church music today embraces a wide variety of styles, reflecting the different traditions of Christian worship around the world and even in this country. Within this variety there should always be a place for music which explores the contemporary serious idioms, and the Festivals at St Pancras have become the vanguard, including and even commissioning works which engage the mind. The mind of worshippers who desire something beyond the fashionable songs which, although they have their place, are of their essence ephemeral.

Alan Gibbs, composer