We are delighted to see signs of the Performing Arts returning to live music making, and hope to resume a full programme of events from September. Come and Sing workshops abound in the UK through the Autumn term, with singing days booked for July in Great Missenden (Buckinghamshire) and Leicester.
Other events continue online including the Church Music Institute's conference (Dallas, TX) during which Bob will deliver four workshops in August.
Bob Simpson's award-winning Houston Chamber Choir and the talented Treble Choir of Houston (conductor, Marianna Simpson) have recorded the newly-revised Circlesong, a 40-minute celebration of the Seven Ages of Man written to texts from the indigenous tribes of North America. The CD recording also includes Walking the Red Road and three pieces performed by the treble choir alone, All things pass, Circles of motion, and Like a rainbow. The CD is due for release in the Fall on the British label, Signum Classics.
The other CD due for release in 2022 is recorded by NFM Wroclaw, again on the Signum label. The focus of the disc is Move him into the sun, composed in 2018 to a commission from Shrewsbury BookFest to mark the centenary of the untimely death of the poet Wilfred Owen just a few days before the 1918 Armistice. It includes the first recording of his Canticles of Light and three shorter pieces by Francis Pott, Sir James MacMillan, and Cecilia McDowall chosen to reflect the theme of remembrance.
Two works composed since the pandemic began are Songs my heart has taught me and Songs of Harvest. Songs my heart has taught me was composed for the ACDA virtual conference in March 2021, and was recorded in November 2020 by the BBC Singers. After a series of online workshops and a virtual concert it is published by Oxford University Press, and will be included in the singing day on 10 July. Songs for Harvest was conceived as a collection of harvest-themed hymns and anthems in support of the work of the Royal School of Church Music and is to form the focus of the singing day on 9 October in Durham. Bob also intends to return to the King's Singers Summer School in Cambridge in July.
We hope to see you at some of these events, and look forward very much to a 2021 season rich in music-making.