Preces and Responses

Paul Burke

About the recording

This is a live recording of the world premiere of the Preces and Responses for Evensong by Paul Burke, commissioned for the 2015 London Festival of Contemporary Church Music. The work was first performed on Wednesday 13th May 2015 at St Pancras Parish Church by the Choir of St Pancras Parish Church directed by Christopher Batchelor.

About the composer

Born in London, Paul studied with Robert Saxton at Worcester College, Oxford, and with Paul Patterson at the Royal Academy of Music.

Work for choir has been a significant part of Paul’s output. Recent highlights include Tribus miraculis, which was premiered by Salisbury Cathedral Choir and featured in Choir & Organ magazine, and Fare thee well, which appears on a critically-acclaimed Naxos disc of folksong arrangements. The premiere of The Chandelier of an Angel, composed as part of JAM’s ‘Writing for Voices’ scheme, was broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and Paul’s Five Poems, commissioned by the Illumina trumpet and organ duo, have been performed in cathedrals across the UK.

As a choral conductor, Paul has appeared at the Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, and St Paul’s Cathedral; as conductor and arranger he has worked with recording artists such as Charlotte Church, Laura Mvula, and Andy Burrowes. He has appeared on Classic FM, Channel 4, and on BBC Radios 2, 3, and 4.