COMMISSIONS & PUBLICATIONS UPDATE
“An eloquent libretto by Euan Tait…” (Commonwealth Chorale, on ‘The Wound in the Water’, 2018).
“Anyone paying attention to the choral world right now knows that we have a new poet on the rise in Euan Tait.” Kurt Knecht, May 2016.
“Extraordinary work…huge impact on large audience…described as ‘deeply moving’, ‘powerful’ ‘inspiring.’” (Review of ‘Unfinished Remembering’, gerontius.net Newsletter, Nov 2014)
Euan creates texts specifically for a wide range composer styles and requirements – including many multi-movement and single movement texts for choirs and soloists. Please use the contact form for commissions.
Euan’s texts reaches semi-finals of major US prize, the American Prize (with composer Michael Bussewitz-Quarm, ‘So it was I’ Details at The American Prize: Semi-finalists: COMPOSERS (choral music), 2021
2021-2 see settings of newly commissioned texts by Paul Carr (2 major works, inclu. The Light of Love GM332.pdf (goodmusicpublishing.co.uk) , Thomas LaVoy An open letter to Dallas Chamber Choir (thomaslavoy.com), Carson Cooman, Timothy Tharaldson , Michael Bussewitz-Quarm Touch – Listen Afresh! (mbqstudio.com) and Andrew Smith among others. Details soon.
NEW RECORDINGS of Euan’s texts (2021): 1. for Paul Carr’s The Light of Love, Em Records in 2021 (artists Tredici, cond Andrew Foan). Released Feb 2021. EM Records | Premières of Distinction | Latest news (em-records.com) 2. Carson Cooman oratorio As We Are Changed, Convivium Records (artists choir of Royal Holloway, University of London; London Mozart Players). Due for release 2021.
Kim Andre Arnesen: ‘Bird and rainfall’ for SATB chorus and symphony orchestra, due performance in 2021 at the Choral Mosaic festival in Mississauga, Canada (postponed from 2020).
Carson Cooman: Legend of the Little Child (2020) for Unison Voices and Organ | Carson Cooman – Composer for the 111th Annual Christmas Carol Services of The Memorial Church, Harvard University
Mark Buller Quarantine Miniatures: (no XVI), ‘Sister Bird,’ ‘The Wind Sings’ and ‘The Laughter of Light.’
Kim Andre Arnesen: ‘A Mother’s Prayer’ from his Stabat Mater (Haderslev Cathedral Girl’s Choir, Denmark, 19th March – postponed).
Chris Hutchings: ‘Anna, surprised‘ Anthem for the Feast of the Presentation, (fp. 2.2.20 at St.Andrew’s, Denver by its choir, cond. Thomas Kreuger).
Carson Cooman: “A Pilgrimage Carol” (fp. 110th Annual Christmas Carol Services Harvard University Chapel, Dec 2019).
Michael Bussewitz-Quarm: “So It Was I” fp by The Esoterics, Eric Banks, Founding Director.
Carson Cooman: “As We Are Changed“, oratorio, 70 mins, fp Commonwealth Chorale cond. David Carrier, Church of the Holy Name, Boston, Mass, Nov 2019.
Anselm McDonnell: “Tearing as it is Woven” performed by the Dublin Chamber Choir as part of the CMC choral sketches series, and in Dublin, Jan 2020.
Philip Gowland: “Kindertransport Cantata” (for the anniversary of the Kindertransport, Gloucester Festival, St. Mary de Crypt, Gloucester, 15th June.
Philip Lancaster: premiere of “Canticle I: Miriam” in St. Paul’s Bristol, 9th June; then at Gloucester Festival, St. Mary de Crypt, 14th June.
Kim Andre Arnesen: ‘Gaze at me,’ the final movement of ‘Voices of the Silenced’ (Nov 2019, New Hampshire Chorale, cond. Dan Perkins)
Janet Oates‘ cantata Birdcries performed with McGonigal Rhythm Herd at St. George the Martyr, Borough, London, 4th May; Arnesen’s The Wound in the Water receives new performances in Spain, Belgium, and across the US in 2019.
Carson Cooman: “Christmas of the Witnesses” (The 109th Annual Christmas Carol Services, 9th and 11th December 2018, The Memorial Church, Harvard University Cambridge, MA, USA, live broadcast on the local radio station (WHRB.org).
Michael Bussewitz-Quarm: “Awake” fp First United Church, Pittsburgh.
Janet Oates: “Birdcries of S. Cecilia” (40 minute cantata for six soloists – fp. at the Philomel St. Cecilia’s Day Concert, Swiss Church, London, 24th November)
Dominic McGonigal: String Quartet no. 2 “Mathilde” (text for quartet with soprano, fp. Pro Musica Quartet with Chärlötte Brökër, Lumen, Tavistock Place, September 26th ). ALSO “Rhythm Herd” for six soloists – fp. at the Philomel St. Cecilia’s Day Concert, Swiss Church, London, 24th November)
Janet Wheeler: “The Cries of Music” for choir (text for competition set piece – sung separately under six different conductors – for the inaugural London International Choral Conducing Competition, Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music, 21st October)
Kim Andre Arnesen: “A Justice Call” (Sanctuary Chorus, Bellvue Presbyterian Church, WA, June 10th)
Chris Hutchings: “We Are One Voice” (Beaconsfield Festival of Choirs, 10th March)
2018 saw the release of three of Euan’s texts on the new and now bestselling Naxos CD of Kim Andre Arnesen’s work! (Catalogue No: 8.573788). The texts are ‘Flight Song’, ‘Child of Song’ and ‘Then gift I’ll leave you’. The BBC Singers performed mine and McGonigal’s “Night Song” at Maida Vale Studios on 18th September.
Kim Andre Arensen: ‘Song of the Soul’ (fp. Soustons, France by Quatuor Vocal Méliades and Ensemble Hope. (February 12th)
Kim Andre Arnesen: ‘Flight Song‘ (TTBB version, fp by 450 men at VAN/Man Male choral summit at Chan Centre for Performing Arts in April).
Kim Andre Arnesen: ‘My Flame the Song’ (fp Edwards Masterworks Singers, Austin, Texas, and premiered in Oslo Cathedral, May 18th).
Kim Andre Arnesen: ‘Falling into mercy‘ (fp. Oregon Bach Festival, by Strangeland Family Youth Choral Academy, cond Dr. Anton Armstrong, July 11th)
Kim Andre Arnesen: ‘Searching Love‘ (Texas Choral Directors Association, fp. by Directors Chorus, cond. Dr. Lori Hetzel, July 22).
Dominic McGonigal: ‘Night Song‘ (Founding concert of the new professional ensemble, Philomel, Brunel Museum Rotherhithe, London, 2/11/17, and March 2018)
Kim Andre Arnesen: ‘The Wound in the Water’ a 70 minute cantata for solo soprano, chorus, piano and strings, first performance as the opening concert of Trondheim’s Olavsfestdagene at Nidaros Cathedral, broadcast on national radio. The soloist was Elin Manahan Thomas, with the Grammy-award winning Conspirare choir, cond. Craig Hella Johnson.
Kim Andre Arnesen: ‘His Light in Us’ (fp. St. Olaf Choir and Dr. Anton Armstrong for the 2016 St. Olaf Christmas Festival).
Kim André Arnesen: The Christmas Alleluias, first performed by The Valley Chamber Chorale, Stillwater, Minnesota, conductor Carol Carver in December.
Paul Spicer: ‘All Saints’ Carol’ (fp. All Saints’ Northampton, UK, 20/12/15)
Timothy Tharaldson: ‘Spokes’ Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota in 2016. In reaction to this work, Kurt Knecht of MusicSpoke wrote (May 25th 2016): “Anyone paying attention to the choral world right now knows that we have a new poet on the rise in Euan Tait. He’s been collaborating with several composers including a big premiere of settings of his work by Kim Arnesen. It’s for good reason. To my mind, Euan’s extremely lyric gift comes from a poet that you can tell was raised on a steady diet of…Wordsworth. In contrast to Wordsworth, however, I don’t find a vague sort of pantheism at the bottom of Tait’s poems. Instead, they betray a profound and rich spiritual life that make them exceptionally poignant. This very grounding is what keeps his poems from floating into sentimentality despite their lyric nature.” http://musicspoke.com/blog/score-week-iii-spokes-timothy-tharaldson/
Kim Andre Arnesen: ‘Child of Song’ (fp. VocalEssence Ensemble, cond. Philip Brunelle., 14/5/15, 40th anniversary celebration of The American Composers Forum, i.m. Stephen Paulus).
Kim Andre Arnesen: ‘Love’s Onward Journey’ (fp. Manhattan Girls Chorus, cond.Michelle Oesterle with admiration and gratitude, 20/5/15, NYC).
Kim Andre Arnesen: ‘You asked me to speak’ (fp. Kokopelli Choirs, Canada, cond. Scott Leithead. Feb 2015).
Paul Spicer: ‘Unfinished Remembering.’ Choral symphony. Fp 13/9/14 at symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK, withBirmingham Bach Choir, Orchestra of the Swan, soloists Johane Ansell (soprano), William Dazeley (baritone). John Quinn: “Unfinished Remembering is a moving and compelling work. Euan Tait has written a libretto which offers a thought-provoking reflection...”
Paul Spicer: ‘A Shared Singing.’ Euan appeared twice on BBC Midlands Today, including at a rehearsal of this new National song.
Kim Andre Arnesen: ‘Flight Song’ (fp. St. Olaf Choir and conductor Anton Armstrong).