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A Spotless rose

A Spotless Rose

Christ Church Oxford, March 2022

In March 2022, Christ Church Cathedral Choir made their first album recording under Director Steven Grahl. Three of Piers' pieces including his setting of A Spotless Rose are amongst other choral works for Christmas, due for release later in 2022.

White Rose

White Rose: Voices of the German Resistance is a collaboration between Sansara and The White Rose Project, a research and engagement initiative at the University of Oxford concerning the 'White Rose' WWII resistance group.

As part of this project, Sansara recorded a disc in October 2021, which includes Piers' work Blessed are the peacemakers, scheduled for release in 2022.

Blessed are the peacemakers
Sansara, Oct. 2021

Emmanuel Downtown

In September 2020, Piers was commissioned to write two pieces for solo voice and organ for Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Baltimore MA.

The first, Praise of Creation, sets the poetry of George Moses Horton (1798–1884), an enslaved African-American poet known as the “Black Bard of North Carolina.”

The second, A Grain of Sand, sets the poetry of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825–1911), a Baltimore-born abolitionist, suffragist, and poet — and one of the first African-American women to have her works published in the United States.

Organ Christian Lane - Baritone Edmund Milly - Mezzo-soprano Sylvia Leith.

A short story of falling

In the Summer of 2020, Andrew Nethsingha of The Choir of St John's College Cambridge commissioned from Piers a setting of A short story of falling, from Alice Oswald's collection Falling Awake. Written for solo chorister and piano, it was designed to suit the remote recording conditions during lockdown.

It is a beautiful text about the cycles of water and how they may inform the ways we live.

The remote recording and other works can be found here. 

A short story of falling
St John's Cambridge, Sept. 2020

crescid

A collaboration between Piers and videographer Rowan IrelandCrescid won 1st prize in the EMPRES Award 2020 Sound Art category and was premiered in November via Modern Art Oxford's YouTube channel. 

Check out more of Rowan's work here.

Les voix humaines

Commissioned by Sansara in collaboration with Liam Byrne, Piers has been writing music for choir and viola da gamba, based on Marin Marais' 1701 work Les Voix Humaines. Originally scheduled for performance in May 2020, this project was transformed into a series of remotely-recorded virtual workshops.

More information and videos can be found on Sansara's website.

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House Canticles

Christ Church Oxford, July 2020

Commissioned by Christ Church Cathedral Oxford, Piers' settings of Psalm 137 and of the Evening Canticles were broadcast online on Sunday 5th July 2020. Composed and recorded entirely during lockdown, these pieces celebrate the ways in which music and worship brings people together in spirit.

Listen to these and other works here.

Mayflower

Commissioned by The King's School Worcester, and performed by over 300 primary school children, Piers' hour-long cantata Mayflower was given its premiere in November 2019 in Worcester Cathedral. The concert launched a year of celebrations marking the 400th anniversary of the Ship's crossing from Plymouth to America and the first Thanksgiving. Piers' music and lyrics are interspersed with dramatic readings by Stephen Le Marchant.

A full recording can be found on Soundcloud here

Mayflower
Worcester Cathedral, Nov. 2019