‘Natus Est’ Premiere in December

A new solo organ work, Natus Est, composed for Christ Church Cathedral sub-organist Richard Moore, will receive its first performances in December, in concerts at St John’s Smiths Square London, and carol services at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford. The work, partly based on the musical theme of ‘Come All Ye Faithful’, is a challenging and exciting work for the instrument, and will be featured in live stream concerts from the venue. Richard has commissioned two previous works from Solfa, Edwyllm and Silver Tree Fanfare. More information about Richard Moore and his work is available here.

Richard Moore, organist

Nutcracker Song Arrangement

Solfa has produced a new choral arrangement of favourites from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker for American publisher JW Pepper, under the title ‘The Nutcracker Song’. The Nutcracker Song features the most popular pieces from The Nutcracker, including March, Trepak, Waltz of the Flowers, Dance of the Reed Flutes and Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Words to accompany the music, about the excitement of Christmas time, have been added by Orison Carlile. The music is available to peruse and purchase here. Solo, 2 and 3-part choral arrangements are also available via Sheet Music Direct here.

Storybook Land Publication

The sheet music for Storybook Land, which premiered on April 13th as part of the Music Network tour, is now available for purchase as a digital download here.

Physical copies can be purchased on request from the CMC (Contemporary Music Centre) along with a note asking for the separate Trumpet part to be included.

Rose of Jericho

‘Rose of Jericho’ was awarded as a semi-finalist in the open category of the UK Songwriting Contest 2021.

The song was inspired by its namesake flower, which blooms in harsh weathers, and is a symbol of resilience.

It is dedicated to sufferers of baby loss, a tragedy experienced by 1 in 4 pregnant women in the UK.

The song was recorded by Adele Clarkson (voice) and Solfa Carlile (piano).

Setanta the Brave

Solfa is in the process of writing an Irish musical, ‘Setanta the Brave’, based on the legend of Cúchulainn.

Some songs from the work-in-progress were presented in a sold-out preview concert at the Toulouse Lautrec in London in September 2021.

Some songs from the work can be heard at Solfa’s theatre Soundcloud page here.

Orgelbuchlein Commission

Solfa has produced a new piece for organist Tom Bell, as a contribution to the The Orgelbüchlein Project, curated by William Whitehead.  The Orgelbüchlein Project is a major international composition project to complete J S Bach’s Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book), and features short works by an international group of composers, each writing in their unique idiom. The new piece is based on ‘Gott hat das Evangelium’, No. 141 in the original Orgelbüchlein, and like the other pieces commissioned, is roughly two minutes in duration. More information on the project, including scores by some of the composers commissioned, is available here

Convivium CD Release

Solfa’s piece ‘Silver Tree Fanfare’ has been recorded by Illumina Duo on the Convivium label along with other contemporary pieces for trumpet and organ, performed by Ellie Lovegrove and Richard Moore. The CD was launched at a concert at St Lawrence Jewry Church on 4th Oct 2017. The CD ‘Dances and Poems’ is available to purchase here.

Characterisation in Contemporary Opera and Music Theatre

DPhil Thesis (2016) Oxford

CMC works

Sheet music for various pieces, including the popular solo flute piece, ‘Dystopia’, are available to purchase from the Contemporary Music Centre website here.

Upon the Rose

Solfa’s piece ‘Upon the Rose’, premiered by the Irish National Chamber Choir last year, is now published by Choralies and available for purchase from their website here.  The sheet music includes a French translation of the text, which is by Joseph Mary Plunkett.

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