Festival News

Meet the Composer: Deborah Pritchard

Deborah Pritchard’s The Heavens Declare received its premiere performance on Wednesday 15 May at choral evensong broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. We wanted to know more about Deborah and her new work. Who or what has been the single biggest influence on your work? Painting from an early age. Tell us something about how you discovered composition or why you…

Meet the Composer: Bernard Hughes

Bernard Hughes’s Seek the Peace of the City received its premiere performance on Wednesday 15 May at choral evensong broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. We wanted to know more about Bernard and his new composition. Who or what has been the single biggest influence on your work? The big looming figure for me has always been Stravinsky, since hearing…

Meet the Composer: Ewan Campbell

Ewan Campbell’s Wandering Lighthouses received its premiere performance on Saturday 11 May 2019 at the opening concert of LFCCM 2019, performed by Simon Desbruslais, Ellie Lovegrove, and Peter Foggitt. We wanted to know more about this exciting composer and his new composition. Who or what has been the single biggest influence on your work? The experience of performing music is probably…

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 you start composing? My…

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 and trying to create new…

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 piano, so it came naturally….

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 new work. When did you…

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. If I hadn’t first and…

Kerry AndrewThe LFCCM offers a unique opportunity to hear new music in a setting steeped in English tradition, with programming of existing work and new commissions premiered in the capital’s most iconic churches. Its support of emerging and established composers in creating living, breathing sacred music is invaluable.

Kerry Andrew, composer & performer
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