Recital Music, a publishing house based in Somerset, held a competition during 2014 inviting composers to submit songs suitable for children of different ages, with the proviso that each song should last no more than sixty seconds. Paul Ritchie submitted two songs, ‘The Swing’ and ‘The Little Crocodile’, and both were accepted for publication. Sixty Second Songs Book 1 is due for publication soon, and should be available to purchase within the next two weeks.
All of the choral music by Paul Ritchie which GIA publish in America is now available in the form of pdf downloads. Follow the links from the Choral section of the Music page to print sample pages, listen to audio samples, or to purchase mp3 recordings and sheet music.
Shaun Turnbull, Assistant Director of Music, will play the organ Partita on ‘Stuttgart’ before the 6:30pm evening service in Blackburn Cathedral on Sunday 1st February. This service takes the form of ‘A sequence of readings and music from Epiphany to Candlemas’.
The choir of St Giles’ Church Durham will sing ‘As the Deer’ during the Ash Wednesday service on February 18th. This setting of verses from Psalm 42 was the winning entry in the St Giles’ Durham 900th Anniversary competition in 2012 and is scored for SATB and organ. The anthem was published by GIA in 2014 and can be found by following the links in the Choral section of this site.
This setting of ‘Author of life divine’ by the hymn writer Charles Wesley was written in 2003 for Michael Haynes and Hexham Abbey Choir, and is scored for unaccompanied solo treble and SATB choir with divisi. A revised and updated version is now available in the Choral section of this site.
GIA will be making all of Paul Ritchie’s music available as pdf downloads over the coming weeks. Four items are currently available: ‘Come, let us join our cheerful songs’, ‘Enter this door’, ‘How far is it to Bethlehem?’ and ‘The Tree of Life’. Follow the links from the product pages to see preview pages and to hear audio samples.
Paul Ritchie has signed a contract with GIA for the publication of his anthem ‘Come down’ O love divine. This large scale work was originally written at the request of Andrew Robinson for the RSCM Ripon and Leeds Area Festival held in Ripon Cathedral on 7th June 2014. It begins and ends with a choral fanfare based on a traditional African prayer, and these movements frame the hymn sung to Vaughan Williams’ wonderful tune ‘Down Ampney’. The work includes linking passages for organ, a fauxbourdon setting for verse two, and a descant over an alternative harmonisation for verse four.
Shaun Turnbull will play the organ Partita on ‘Stuttgart’ as the concluding voluntary following Choral Evensong in Blackburn Cathedral on Sunday 11th January at 4pm. ‘Stuttgart’ is the tune most readily associated with the Epiphany hymns ‘Bethlehem, of noblest cities’ and ‘Earth has many a noble city’, and in some churches it is also sung to the Advent hymn ‘Come thou long expected Jesus’.
The first public performance of the ʻPartita on Psalm 136ʼ will be given by Shaun Turnbull, Assistant Director of Music, during the 1pm lunchtime organ recital in Blackburn Cathedral on Wednesday 7th January 2015.
In 2014 Andrew Robinson commissioned a fauxbourdon setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis which will be given its first performance during Choral Evensong by the choir of St Giles Church Durham on Sunday 18th January 2015.
The choir of St Gilesʼ Church Durham sang ʻA Christmas Lullabyʼ during their Carol Service on Sunday 21st December conducted by Andrew Robinson by whom it was commissioned in 2013.
ʻThe Tree of Lifeʼ was sung at the conclusion of the Advent Carol Service on Sunday 30th November by the boys and men of Bradford Cathedral Choir under their Director of Music, Alexander Woodrow, and again on Tuesday the following week at Choral Evensong.