George Vass

George Vass

PREMIERES

30 May 2017
Paul Pritchard Fire Dances
Blaze Ensemble
St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London

5 March 2017
Edward Longstaff Sator Arepo
Bushey Symphony Orchestra
Purcell School, Bushey, Hertfordshire

30 August 2016
Robert Saxton The Resurrection of the Soldiers
Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne

28 August 2016
James Francis Brown The Heavens and the Heart
Presteigne Festival Chamber Choir and Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne, Powys

24 July 2016
Cydonie Banting O how amiable
City of Canterbury Chamber Choir
St Mary of Charity, Faversham, Kent

15 November 2015
Christopher Brammeld Ballet Suite: The Tale of Thumbelina
Bushey Symphony Orchestra
Bushey Academy, Bushey, Hertfordshire

1 September 2015
Matthew Taylor Pastorals, Op 32a
Fenella Humphreys violin/Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne, Powys

1 September 2015
David Knotts Laments and Lullabies
Tom Poster piano/Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne, Powys

30 August 2015
Peteris Vasks Epifania (UK premiere)
Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne, Powys

30 August 2015
David Matthews Three Housman Songs, Op 69a (premiere of string orchestra version)
Gillian Keith soprano/Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne, Powys

24 July 2015
Maurizio Malagnini Synesthesia of the Sea
Chris Hopkins piano/Blaze Ensemble
St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London

12 July 2015
Liz Lane The Story of St Alban
Michael Bundy baritone/Andy Rashleigh narrator/St Albans Choral Society Junior Chorus/St Albans Choral Society/Orchestra Nova Ensemble
Weston Auditorium, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

6 July 2015
Charlotte Bray Entanglement
Kirsty Hopkins soprano/Howard Quilla Croft baritone/Greg Tassell tenor/Nova Music Ensemble/Richard Williams director
Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

28 June 2015
Thomas Hyde Orpheus with his Lute
Cecilia McDowall Be not afeard
Deborah Pritchard Peace
City of Canterbury Chamber Choir
Faversham Parish Church, Faversham, Kent

8 November 2014
James Francis Brown The Most Fortunate Generations (revised version)
Ross Ramgobin baritone/St Albans Choral Society/Orchestra Nova
St Saviour's Church, St Albans, Herfordshire

5 October 2014
Thomas Hyde Two Anthems, Op 15
City of Canterbury Chamber Choir/Edward Kemp-Luck organ
St Peter's Methodist Church, Canterbury, Kent

5 October 2014
Cecilia McDowall Missa Mariae
City of Canterbury Chamber Choir/Edward Kemp-Luck organ
St Peter's Methodist Church, Canterbury, Kent

26 August 2014
Stephen McNeff Oboe Concerto
Ilid Jones oboe/Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne

26 August 2014
Maciej Zielinski Concello (UK premiere)
Gemma Rosefield cello/Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne

24 August 2014
Peter Sculthorpe Salve Regina (UK premiere)
Rachel Nicholls soprano/Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne

24 August 2014
Pawel Lukaszewski Requiem
Rachel Nicholls soprano/Christopher Foster baritone
The Joyful Company of Singers/Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne

29 July 2014
Cecilia McDowall Airborne
Donna Lennard soprano/Henry Manning baritone
Nova Music Opera Ensemble
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, London NW3

29 July 2014
Stephen McNeff Prometheus Drown'd
Clare McCaldin mezzo-soprano/Christopher Good actor
Max Keeble actor/Grant Sterry actor
Nova Music Opera Ensemble
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, London NW3

9 November 2013
Richard James Harvey Vespers
Kirsty Hopkins soprano/Michael Burke baritone
St Albans Choral Society
Orchestra Nova
St Saviour's Church, St Albans

20 October 2013
Sally Beamish Hagar in the Wilderness (English premiere)
Kirsty Hopkins Hagar/Owen Gilhooly Abraham/Edmund Hastings Gabriel
Nova Music Opera Ensemble
Canterbury Festival

4 October 2013
Sally Beamish Hagar in the Wilderness (Scottish premiere)
Kirsty Hopkins Hagar/Owen Gilhooly Abraham/Edmund Hastings Gabriel
Nova Music Opera Ensemble
St Andrews Voices Festival, St Andrews

25 August 2013
Gabriel Jackson Doonies Hill Antiphon
Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne

23 August 2013
David Matthews Double Concerto, Op 122 (Welsh premiere)
Sara Trickey violin/Sarah-Jane Bradley viola
Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne

21 August 2013
Sally Beamish Hagar in the Wilderness
Kirsty Hopkins Hagar/Owen Gilhooly Abraham/Edmund Hastings Gabriel
Nova Music Opera Ensemble
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne

29 June 2013
David Matthews Romanza, Op 119 (London premiere)
Madeleine Mitchell violin
Orchestra Nova
Proms at St Jude's, St Jude-on the-Hill, London NW11

3 November 2012
Peter Sculthorpe Island Songs (London premiere)
Amy Dickson saxophone
Orchestra Nova
St John's, Smith Square, London SW1

25 August 2012
Sally Beamish Divan, on theme of Hafez
William Purefoy countertenor/Nicholas Daniel oboe
Matthew Taylor Variations on a Theme of Reger, Op 45
Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne

23 August 2012
Peter Sculthorpe Island Songs
Amy Dickson saxophone/Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne

15 July 2012
Deborah Pritchard Ave Maria
John Joubert Lord, in the Strength of Grace, Op 115 (revised version)
City of Canterbury Chamber Choir
St Peter's Methodist Church, Canterbury

12 July 2012
Liz Lane Old Stones Remember
Children's Choir/Presteigne Festival Ensemble
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne

15 October 2011
Cecilia McDowall Crossing the Bridge
Orchestra Nova
Homewood Road United Reformed Church, St Albans, Hertfordshire

9 October 2011
Cecilia McDowall Joy and Woe are woven fine
City of Canterbury Chamber Choir
St John's, Smith Square, London

30 August 2011
Huw Watkins Concertino
Tamsin Waley-Cohen violin/Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne

27 August 2011
John Pickard Concertante Variations (Presteigne Concerto)
Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne

25 August 2011
Joseph Phibbs Night Interludes
Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne

31 August 2010
Hugh Wood Beginnings: Three early songs for mezzo-soprano and string orchestra, Op 54
Clare McCaldin mezzo-soprano/Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne

29 August 2010
Stephen McNeff A Voice of One Delight
Clare McCaldin mezzo-soprano/Kathryn Thomas flute/Sarah-Jane Bradley viola/Suzanne Willison-Kawalec harp
St Michael's Church, Discoed

28 August 2010
Alexander L'Estrange And the Stones Sing
Clare McCaldin mezzo-soprano/Joyful Company of Singers/Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne

26 August 2010
Edward Elgar String Quartet in E minor, Op 83 - arranged for string orchestra by David Matthews
Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne

6 December 2009
Richard James Harvey This Endris Night - A Carol Sequence for mixed voices and organ
St Albans Choral Society/Richard Harvey
Marlborough Road Methodist Church, St Albans, Hertfordshire

6 December 2009
Geoffrey Cottrell Coventry Carol
St Albans Choral Society
Marlborough Road Methodist Church, St Albans, Hertfordshire

24 October 2009
Cecilia McDowall Ad lucem - A Canticle of Light
Rebecca Rudge soprano/St Albans Choral Society/Orchestra Nova
St Saviour's Church, St Albans, Hertfordshire

1 September 2009
Gabriel Jackson Piano Concerto
Huw Watkins piano/Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne, Powys

29 August 2009
Huw Watkins Nocturne for horn and small orchestra (revised version)
Richard Watkins horn/Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne, Powys

27 August 2009
Martin Butler Concerto for soprano saxophone and string orchestra
Amy Dickson saxophone/Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne, Powys

13 May 2009
Paul Patterson Viola Concerto
Sarah-Jane Bradley viola/Springfest Orchestra
St John-at-Hampstead, Church Row, London NW3

7 December 2008
Geoffrey Cottrell Festa dies - A sequence of carols
Park Street School Choir/St Albans Choral Society/Richard Harvey organ
Marlborough Road Methodist Church, St Albans, Hertfordshire

26 August 2008
Adrian Williams Maelienydd
Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne, Powys

21 August 2008
James Francis Brown Lost Lanes - Shadow Groves
Catriona Scott clarinet/Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne, Powys

6 July 2008
David Matthews The Key of the Kingdom, Op 106
City of Canterbury Chamber Choir/Edward Kemp-Luck organ
Parish Church of St May of Charity, Faversham, Kent

11 May 2008
Thomas Hyde/David Norris That Man Stephen Ward
Andrew Slater baritone/Peter Edwards, Jason Key and Emily North actors/Hampstead and Highgate Festival Ensemble/Yvonne Fontane director
Lund Theatre, University College School, London NW3

7 May 2008
Adam Gorb Serenade for Spring
Hampstead and Highgate Festival Orchestra
St John-at-Hampstead, London NW3

12 April 2008
Cecilia McDowall Laudate
Frances Bourne mezzo-soprano/St Albans Choral Society/Orchestra Nova
Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, St Albans

9 December 2007
Geoffrey Cottrell Lute-Song Lullaby
St Albans Choral Society
Marlborough Road Methodist Church, St Albans

6 November 2007
David Matthews Symphony No 1 (revised version)
Ulster Orchestra (BBC Radio 3 recording)
Spires Centre, Belfast

25 August 2007
Hilary Tann Shakkei: a diptych for oboe and small orchestra
Virginia Shaw oboe/Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne

17 June 2007
Cecilia McDowall A Canterbury Mass
City of Canterbury Chamber Choir
Wingham Parish Church, Kent

9 May 2007
Hugh Wood Divertimento for String Orchestra, Op 51
Hampstead and Highgate Festival Orchestra
St John-at-Hampstead, Church Row, London NW3

10 March 2007
Paul Patterson Little Red Riding Hood Songbook, Op 77
(version with chamber orchestra accompaniment)
Emily Taylor narrator/St Catherine Singers, Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls
Bushey Symphony Orchestra
Bushey Hall School, London Road, Bushey, Hertfordshire

3 December 2006
Cecilia McDowall Carol Cantate Astra
City of Canterbury Chamber Choir
St Mary's Parish Church, Chartham, Kent

18 November 2006
Richard James Harvey Echo
Charlotte Kinder soprano/Finchley Choral Society/Orchestra Nova
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Central Square, London NW11

29 August 2006
James Francis Brown Trio Concertante
Pauline Lowbury violin/Sarah-Jane Bradley viola/Gemma Rosefield cello
Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne

24 August 2006
Adrian Williams Migrations for 22 solo strings (revised version)
Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne

30 August 2005
David Matthews Movement of Autumn, Op 97
Rachel Nicholls soprano/Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne

25 August 2005
Ian Wilson In fretta, in vento (string orchestra version)
Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne

19 June 2005
Cecilia McDowall Lonely Hearts
Canterbury Chamber Choir/Ruth Potter harp
St Mary's Church, Chilham, Kent

21 May 2005
David Matthews Y Deryn Du (The Blackbird)
Hampstead and Highgate Festival Orchestra
St John-at-Hampstead, London NW3

18 December 2004
Cecilia McDowall Pavane for small orchestra
Bushey Symphony Orchestra
Bushey Hall School, Bushey

12 December 2004
Thomas Hyde Veni, Emanuel
St Albans Choral Society/Richard Harvey organ
Marlborough Road Methodist Church, St Albans

23 October 2004
Cecilia McDowall Stabat Mater
Michael Bundy baritone/Parmiter's Senior Singers
St Albans Choral Society/Orchestra Nova
St Paul's Church, St Albans

31 August 2004
Alan Mills Folk-Lyric
Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne

26 August 2004
Joe Duddell Mnemonic
Katherine Baker flute/Suzanne Willison harp
Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne

4 April 2004
Cecilia McDowall Three Latin Motets
Canterbury Chamber Choir
Faversham Parish Church, Kent

15 November 2003
Cecilia McDowall Magnificat
Rachel Nicholls soprano/Ruth Peel mezzo-soprano
Finchley Choral Society/Orchestra Nova
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Central Square, London NW11

12 October 2003
Cecilia McDowall St Martin's Magnificat (first concert performance)
Canterbury Chamber Choir/Edward Kemp-Luck organ
Wingham Parish Church, Kent

12 October 2003
David Matthews The Lord is my shepherd (first concert performance)
Canterbury Chamber Choir/Edward Kemp-Luck organ
Wingham Parish Church, Kent

2 August 2003
David Matthews Total Tango for string orchestra, Op 80a
Deal Festival Orchestra
St George's Church, Deal, Kent

13 July 2003
Cecilia McDowall A Fancy of Folksongs
Canterbury Chamber Choir/Sally Pryce harp
St Mary's Church, Sittingbourne, Kent

7 June 2003
Selen Gulun The Gates of Heaven � Right or Wrong
Dartford Symphony Orchestra
Mick Jagger Centre for the Performing Arts, Dartford, Kent

8 December 2002
Cecilia McDowall Christus Natus Est
Abigail Smith soprano/St Albans Choral Society/St Hilda's School Choir
Orchestra Nova Brass
Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire

26 August 2002
Cecilia McDowall Dream City
Presteigne Festival Ensemble
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne

24 August 2002
Cecilia McDowall Messiah - Prelude to Part I
Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne, Powys

24 August 2002
John McCabe Shepherd's Dream - Prelude to Messiah, Part II
Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne, Powys

24 August 2002
David Matthews Messiah - Prelude to Part III
Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne

10 August 2002
David Matthews Winter Remembered Viola Concertino, Op 86
Sarah-Jane Bradley viola/Deal Festival Orchestra
St George's Church, Deal, Kent

10 August 2002
Elgar arr. David Matthews Intermezzo for string orchestra
Slow movement of Elgar's String Quartet in E minor, Op 83
Deal Festival Orchestra
St George's Church, Deal, Kent

2 December 2001
Richard James Harvey Carol Away in a Manger
St Albans Choral Society/ Dartford Sinfonia
Alban Arena, St Albans, Hertfordshire

25 August 2001
Stephen Dodgson Concertino for two guitars and string orchestra
Eden-Stell Guitar Duo/Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne, Powys

10 December 2000
Celia Harper Carol Adam lay ibounden
Canterbury Chamber Choir
Barham Church, Canterbury, Kent

3 December 2000
Richard James Harvey Carol Three Angels Sang
St Albans Choral Society/Dartford Sinfonia
Alban Arena, St Albans, Hertfordshire

22 October 2000
Celia Harper Motet Memor esto tuorum
Canterbury Chamber Choir
St Peter's Methodist Church, Canterbury, Kent

24 August 2000
Graham Williams Newton/Bronze
Sarah-Jane Bradley viola/Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne, Powys

17 June 2000
Rodney Newton Four English Folksongs
St Albans Choral Society/Camerata of London
St Saviour's Church, St Albans, Hertfordshire

13 May 2000
Celia Harper Icarus
Peter Stearn narrator/Concordia Choir/Bushey Children's Chorus/
Bushey Symphony Orchestra
Bushey Hall School, Bushey, Hertfordshire

12 December 1999
Celia Harper Carol The Virgin's Lullaby
Canterbury Chamber Choir
St Catherine's Church, Faversham, Kent


10 October 1999
Celia Harper Motet Beata viscera
Canterbury Chamber Choir/Alice Neary cello
Wye Parish Church, Wye, Ashford, Kent

23 May 1999
Celia Harper Motet Ave regina coelorum
Canterbury Chamber Choir
St Mary's Church, Wingham, Canterbury, Kent

6 December 1998
Celia Harper Motet Rutilante in nocte
Canterbury Chamber Choir
St Mary's Church, Chilham, Canterbury, Kent

11 October 1998
Celia Harper Motet O stellae coruscantes
Canterbury Chamber Choir/Andrew Wells organ/Alice Neary cello
Wye Parish Church, Wye, Ashford, Kent

13 December 1997
Celia Harper Carol Nowell! Nowell!
Canterbury Chamber Choir
St Mary Bredin, Canterbury, Kent

23 August 1997
Michael Berkeley Cello Concerto (revised version)
Alice Neary cello/Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew�s Church, Presteigne, Powys

26 October 1996
Geoffrey Grey A bit of singing and dancing
Dartford Symphony Orchestra
Dartford Girls Grammar School, Dartford, Kent

29 August 1996
Rhian Samuel Scenes from an Aria
Ruth Bolister oboe/Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne, Powys

3 September 1994
arr. Adrian Williams The Ash Grove
Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne, Powys

30 August 1994
Hilary Tann Water's Edge (string orchestra version)
Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne, Powys

4 September 1993
arr. Adrian Williams All through the night
Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne, Powys

18 April 1992
Robert Hackford Cantata The Ocean
Whitstable Choral Society
Shirley Hall, Kings School, Canterbury, Kent

21 October 1990
Adrian Williams Serenade for string orchestra
Regent Sinfonia of London
Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, Surrey

17 December 1989
Adrian Williams Carols Infant Holy & Cradle of Love
Regent Sinfonia Chorus & Orchestra
Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, Surrey


29 August 1989
Adrian Williams Concertino for viola and string orchestra
Richard Crabtree viola/Presteigne Festival Orchestra
St Andrew's Church, Presteigne, Powys

7 November 1988
Elgar arr. Rodney Newton Chanson de Matin
Charlotte Edwards violin/Regent Sinfonia of London
Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, Surrey

21 June 1986
Rodney Newton Six English Folksongs
Middlesex Bach Choir/Rachel Masters harp
St Andrew's Church, Uxbridge, Middlesex

17 November 1984
Charles Barnes six songs of e e cummings
Richard Suart baritone/Middlesex Bach Choir/Regent Sinfonia
St Andrew's Church, Uxbridge, Middlesex

5 July 1981
Philip White Intrada and Variations
Crispian Steele-Perkins & Mortimer Rhind-Tutt trumpets
Regent Sinfonia of London
St John's Smith Square, London SW1

8 February 1979
Graham Whettam Hymnos (string orchestra version)
Student Orchestra
Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London NW1

27 January 1979
Philip White Serenade, Interlude and Finale
Katie Clemmow oboe/Regent Sinfonia of London
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Central Square, London NW11