I've completed the first 10 minutes of a setting of the Requiem Mass: relatively easy choral parts are accompanied by a modest ensemble of wind and string sextets (solo players) with percussion. I won't be setting the Latin text in its entirety, but will include a number of English poems reflecting, in one way or another, on death, decay, and the passing of things. These poems will be set for solo voices. (Britten's War Requiem is an obvious model for this kind of structure, but my work will perhaps be closer in spirit to Fauré.) If you know of anyone interested in commissioning such a work, please let me know!
Events Coming Soon
7 October 2017, 7.30 p.m., Holy Cross Church, Uckfield, East Sussex: Buxted Symphony Orchestra with Uckfield (Holy Cross) Choral Society plays my Intermezzo, plus Finzi Eclogue (I shall be playing the solo piano part), and music by Boyce, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and others. Programme conducted by Anthony Roberts and Julian Broughton.
21 October 2017, 7.30 p.m., The Old Chapel, Alfriston, East Sussex: first performance of A Sailor's Life (my arrangement of a Sussex folksong) in a concert of new folksong arrangements by members of New Music Brighton. Professional choir plus members of Horsham Folk Club. Poster
11 November 2017, 7.30 p.m., Bridge Cottage, Uckfield, East Sussex: second performance of A Sailor's Life (performers as above).
18 November 2017, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., St Leonard's Church, Seaford, East Sussex: Buxted Symphony Orchestra plays Rossini, Vaughan Williams, and Schubert (Symphony no.8).
(Banner photo (detail) by Robert Broughton)
When I compose, I like to think of live musicians, singing or playing. I prefer the sometimes rough edges, the rasp, clatter and hiss of acoustic instruments, to the manufactured perfection of electronic sound. And I prefer the uncertainties of live performance to recordings which, however wonderful, remain forever the same. Read more...
Engaging with other people is also essential to my work as performer and teacher. As a pianist, I do give the occasional solo recital, but I have a definite preference for work (not just concerts) in which I partner singers or instrumentalists in one combination or another. Read more...
Julian is a composer, pianist and educator with over ten years’ experience of teaching music and creative studies at degree level at the University of Sussex and in the wider community.