Commissioned by Roger Muttitt for the 600th anniversary of Durham School in 2014, In this place is a setting of the composer’s own words and was first performed at a service of celebration in Durham Cathedral in June 2014.
The text is a poem of renewal, with hints of spirituality, though without being explicitly sacred in content. Sumptuous harmonies dominate the music, with occasional divisi adding depth, especially in the bass section. With a mostly homophonic texture, the setting builds towards the thrilling final phrase ‘I will fly with angels’ with a sense of transformation. The close harmonies add an element of challenge, though well thought through voice-leading and some repetition make the work accessible to intermediate choirs. A beautiful addition to the choral repertoire, In this place is both a joy to sing and a delight for the listener.
Diverse in terms of theme and mood, with works suitable for a variety of festive and commemorative occasions, both sacred and secular, this series provides an exciting collection of contemporary works for choirs of all types, voicings and abilities.
Spanning many different styles including the jazz-influenced world of Will Todd’s Jazz Carols and Iain Farrington’s The Blues Service, the tranquil beauty of James MacMillan’s Ave Maris Stella, and the energetic jubilation of Gareth Treseder’s Blessed be that Maid Marie, the series provides a wealth of new music, perfect for choirs looking to expand their horizons and explore new repertoire.