Central Composers Alliance Works http://www.composersalliance.com/ Founded in 1995, the Central Composers Alliance, whose Patron is Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, was formed to promote the works of members of the Composers Guild of Great Britain who are resident in, or have close connections with, Central England. Composers Classical Music John Middleton Te Deum - John Middleton http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1473 <p>This is a&nbsp;setting of the traditional Latin text. I found it easy to generate music from the Latin, whereas the English translation made me question, from a philosophical point of view, whether God needs praise. Obviously not, but we as spiritual beings need to re-connect with the Great Spirit, to fulfill our true destiny. Faced with the challenges of our material bodies and the material world, our lives are pilgrimages. This was in my mind during the process of composition. The earlier parts are gritty, and the second half thrashes around different keys. A degree of transcendence was the aim of the final section in the home key of G minor.</p> Sun, 17 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1473 Robert Ramskill There is sweet music here - Robert Ramskill http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1469 <p>A setting of lines from Alfred Lord Tennyson&#39;s Song of the Lotos-Eaters.</p> Fri, 15 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1469 Robert Ramskill In The Fast Lane - Robert Ramskill http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1464 <p>Another recording by Matthew Gately I&#39;ve just discovered of one my Grade 4 trumpet pieces.</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1464 Robert Ramskill Back Chat - Robert Ramskill http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1465 <p>Another recording by Australian trumpeter, Matthew Gately, of one of my grade 4 pieces.</p> Tue, 05 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1465 Robert Ramskill Reflections - Robert Ramskill http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1466 <p>A Youtube performance by Matthew Gately of a piece from my album &#39;Jazzed Up Too&#39; for trumpet published by Brasswind Publications.</p> Sun, 03 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1466 Mark Whitefield Six Bagatelles - Mark Whitefield http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1472 <p>Six Bagatelles&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1472 Robert Ramskill Four-part harmony for arrangers - the basics - Robert Ramskill http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1460 This item has been posted for further reference for music teachers attending workshop sessions on arranging at the Birmingham, Coventry and Solihull Music Education Conference at Edgbaston Cricket Ground on 7th January 2019. Sun, 30 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1460 David Fisher Gloria in excelsis! - mixed voices - David Fisher http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1463 <p><strong><em>Gloria in excelsis!</em>&nbsp;is a carol for mixed voices with organ accompaniment which was derived from the mixed voice work&nbsp;<em>The Gift to Sing</em>&nbsp;[June 2018] and this version was first performed by Viva la Musica under <a href="http://www.simonlumbyconcerts.co.uk">Simon Lumby</a> with <a href="https://www.stbrides.com/music/2018/01/michael-overbury-organ.php">Michael Overbury</a>&nbsp;on the organ at <a href="http://www.saintaidansnewparks.co.uk">St Aidan&#39;s Church</a>, New Parks, Leicester on 9th December 2018.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>The world&nbsp;premiere of the upper voice version of <em>Gloria in excelsis! </em>was at</strong>&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&amp;sl=de&amp;u=http://www.ehrenfelder-abendmusiken.de/termine/termine.html&amp;prev=search">Evangelische Vers&ouml;hnungskirche</a>, Ehrenfeld in&nbsp;K&ouml;ln</strong>&nbsp;<strong>on 2nd December 2018.</strong></p> <p><strong>The words are in a dual language edition with the original German&nbsp;by&nbsp;<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther">Martin Luther&nbsp;</a>[1483-1546] translated into English in 1855 by&nbsp;<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_Winkworth">Catherine Winkworth</a>[1827-1878] and it&nbsp;incorporates a verse from Psalm 150. This version is in English [below left] with the German original below right.</strong></p> Sun, 09 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1463 David Fisher In the Stable - David Fisher http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1461 <p><strong><em>In the Stable</em> is a carol for upper voices with instrumental&nbsp;accompaniment which was written for the popular series of A&nbsp;<a href="http://www.actioner.de/veranstaltungen/1727197/konzert-a-countertenor-s-christmas-the-14th-season">Countertenor&acute;s Christmas</a>&nbsp;concerts held at&nbsp;<a href="https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&amp;sl=de&amp;u=http://www.ehrenfelder-abendmusiken.de/termine/termine.html&amp;prev=search">Evangelische Vers&ouml;hnungskirche</a>, Ehrenfeld in&nbsp;K&ouml;ln,&nbsp;Germany by Joachim Diessner von Isensee and his remarkable set of soloist friends and guests including, for this piece,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2010/Nov10/Mattheson_7774552.htm">Melissa Hegney</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tokafi.com/15questions/15questionsarnonzlotnik/">Arnon Zlotnik</a>. The organist was Thomas Pehlken with Pascal Schweren, alto saxophone, and Edward John Semon, cello.</strong></p> <p><strong>The concert was &quot;In memoriam&nbsp;<a href="http://musikschule-kreis-ahrweiler.de/2018/08/01/nachruf-sven-robin-klaerner-1968-2018/">Sven-Robin Kl&auml;rner</a>&nbsp;[1968-2018]&quot;. More information click <a href="http://www.kaywohlfeil.de/Farbe/srk.html">HERE</a>.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>An organ only accompaniment will be available in late summer 2019 for Christmas 2019.</strong></p> <p><strong>The world&nbsp;premiere performance was at</strong>&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&amp;sl=de&amp;u=http://www.ehrenfelder-abendmusiken.de/termine/termine.html&amp;prev=search">Evangelische Vers&ouml;hnungskirche</a>, Ehrenfeld in&nbsp;K&ouml;ln</strong>&nbsp;<strong>on 2nd December 2018.</strong></p> <p><strong>The words are by Pauline Fisher - see below.</strong></p> Sun, 02 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1461 David Fisher Gloria in excelsis! - upper voices - David Fisher http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1462 <p><strong><em>Gloria in excelsis!</em>&nbsp;is a carol for upper voices with organ accompaniment which was derived from the mixed voice work <em>The Gift to Sing</em>&nbsp;[June 2018] and first performed at the popular series of A&nbsp;<a href="http://www.actioner.de/veranstaltungen/1727197/konzert-a-countertenor-s-christmas-the-14th-season">Countertenor&acute;s Christmas</a>&nbsp;concerts held at&nbsp;<a href="https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&amp;sl=de&amp;u=http://www.ehrenfelder-abendmusiken.de/termine/termine.html&amp;prev=search">Evangelische Vers&ouml;hnungskirche</a>, Ehrenfeld in&nbsp;K&ouml;ln,&nbsp;Germany each December. The soloists were &nbsp;Benita Barbonus [soprano], Ute Eisenhut [soprano],&nbsp;<a href="http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2010/Nov10/Mattheson_7774552.htm">Melissa Hegney</a>&nbsp;[mezzo],&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tokafi.com/15questions/15questionsarnonzlotnik/">Arnon Zlotnik</a>&nbsp;and Joachim Diessner von Isensee [countertenors]. The organist was Thomas Pehlken.</strong></p> <p><strong>The world&nbsp;premiere of the upper voice version&nbsp;was at</strong>&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&amp;sl=de&amp;u=http://www.ehrenfelder-abendmusiken.de/termine/termine.html&amp;prev=search">Evangelische Vers&ouml;hnungskirche</a>, Ehrenfeld in&nbsp;K&ouml;ln</strong>&nbsp;<strong>on 2nd December 2018 and the mixed voice version was by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.vivalamusica.org.uk">Viva la Musica</a> under <a href="http://www.simonlumbyconcerts.co.uk">Simon Lumby</a> with <a href="https://www.stbrides.com/music/2018/01/michael-overbury-organ.php">Michael Overbury</a>&nbsp;on the organ at <a href="http://www.saintaidansnewparks.co.uk">St Aidan&#39;s Church</a>, New Parks, Leicester on 9th December 2018.</strong></p> <p><strong>The words are in a dual language edition with the original German&nbsp;by&nbsp;<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther">Martin Luther&nbsp;</a>[1483-1546] translated into English in 1855 by&nbsp;<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_Winkworth">Catherine Winkworth</a>[1827-1878] and it&nbsp;incorporates a verse from Psalm 150. This version is in English [below left] with the German original below right.</strong></p> Sat, 01 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1462 Robert Ramskill Mornings of Music 2019 - Robert Ramskill http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1456 <p>This theme for this year s set of songs for Coventry Schoolchildrens MORNINGS OF MUSIC is Ecology. The attached song is &#39;Land of the Tiger&#39;.</p> Thu, 11 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1456 Robert Ramskill In Harmony - Robert Ramskill http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1454 Aled Jones and Russell Watson are releasing a new album on the BMG label on 9th November. I have arranged 3 tracks on the album: How Great, Thou Art; Here s to the heroes; Mattinatta https://youtu.be/BaQIeHCBMY4 Wed, 10 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1454 Robert Ramskill A LIFE ON THE OCEAN WAVE - Robert Ramskill http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1455 An arrangement of nautical themes for the Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra&acute;s family concert in November. Wed, 10 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1455 Robert Ramskill Hot Pursuit - Robert Ramskill http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1453 <p>A grade 4 piece from my Brasswind Album Jazzed Up Too - I ve just discovered this performance on Youtube https://youtu.be/ogtFVpX8v20</p> Sat, 01 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1453 David Fisher The Gift to Sing: Alleluia! - David Fisher http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1452 <p>A work for choir and organ which has been written for the final concert of the 40th Anniversary season of the superb <strong><a href="https://www.leicestershirechorale.org.uk">Leicestershire Chorale</a></strong> and their eximious conductor <a href="http://www.exaudi.org.uk/performers/"><strong>Tom Williams</strong></a>. It is written in memory of Wanda G Davies, a founder member of the Chorale, who sang with the choir for 38 years. The composer was himself a founder member of the Chorale which was formed by Music Advisor <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_G._Fletcher"><strong>Peter Fletcher</strong></a>, under the benevolent and inspired guidance of the then Director of Education, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/news/2007/nov/01/guardianobituaries.schools"><strong>Andrew Fairbairn</strong></a>. <strong>Peter Fletcher</strong> [later Principal of the RWCMD] was to oversee the Formation of a Special Adult Choir in Leicestershire . It was announced that this special choir should consist largely of keen and able singers teaching in Leicestershire. Peter wanted to bring teachers together, many of whom were one person departments schools at all key stages. Part of its stated aim was to provide a high level performance outlet for teachers and to provide, through performance and the experience of covering a considerably larger repertoire a stimulus for choir singing in Leicestershire . Forty years later it has maintained that ethos although is not now a choir of educationalists. <a href="https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/gift-sing"><em><strong>The Gift to Sing</strong></em></a> is a poem by an African American poet <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Weldon_Johnson"><strong>James Weldon Johnson</strong></a> and it fuses those words [see below left] with the sixth verse of Psalm 150. It was&nbsp;premiered by Leicestershire Chorale under Tom Williams with <a href="http://leicestercathedral.org/about-us/meet-the-team/cathedral-music-department/"><strong>David Cowen</strong></a> on the organ at <a href="http://www.saintaidansnewparks.co.uk"><strong>St Aidan&#39;s Church</strong></a>, New Parks, Leicester on 30th June 2018.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 29 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1452 Robert Ramskill Prelude in G sharp minor - Robert Ramskill http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1458 Thu, 01 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1458 Mark Whitefield Echoes from the far shore - Mark Whitefield http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1471 <p>Five pieces for Alto saxophone and Piano</p> Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1471 Robert Ramskill Prelude in E flat minor - Robert Ramskill http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1450 Here is the latest addition to my planned set of 24 Piano Preludes. It is entitled "....won t you join the dance?" Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1450 Roger Tempest Nocturne - Roger Tempest http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1449 Sun, 03 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1449 Robert Ramskill The Jazz Violist - Robert Ramskill http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1448 This piece completes my Suite for Viola and Piano (now sub-titled "Five Characters You Might Meet One Day"). Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.composersalliance.com/composers/work.cfm?work=1448