CHOIR & ORGAN: NEW MUSIC SERIES 2022
Jack was commissioned by the Choir & Organ Magazine to write a short work for organ to be featured as part of their New Music Series 2022. The piece, entitled Rorate Caeli Desuper, was performed and recorded by Rupert Gough on the organ of Royal Holloway chapel, London - listen HERE.
The score is available to download for free on the magazine website - click HERE to download.
JAM ON THE MARSH FESTIVAL COMMISSION
Jack was commissioned by the John Armitage Memorial Trust (JAM) to compose a work for the JAM on the Marsh Festival 2021, celebrating 20 years of the festival. The resulting piece, entitled Between the stormclouds and the sea, sets words by acclaimed poet Grahame Davies. Jack had worked with Grahame before, writing a Christmas carol for Fleet Street Carols in 2017.
The first performance of this large scale work was given alongside works by composers Paul Mealor and Jonathan Dove. The concert was a resounding success, and the piece has been granted a second performance in March 2022. Watch the world premiere of this work HERE.
WHITGIFT FOUNDATION COMMISSIONS
Following a year working as a Graduate Music Assistant in Whitgift School, South Croydon, Jack received a number of commissions from the Whitgift Foundation to write pieces for special occasions.
For the occasion of Dr Christopher Barnett’s final year as Headmaster, Jack was asked to write a carol based upon text from Spenser’s Faerie Queene. The resulting piece, entitled Crimson Dawn, was 'a triumph, blending North Indian classical music and traditional folk song melodies, to make serene music in the magical setting of St George’s'. You can watch the premiere performance here.
Jack was also asked to write a piece for Founder's Day 2017, celebrating the birth of the Whitgift Foundation. The piece was such a success that it has been performed on this occassion ever since.
The most significant commission from the foundation was a setting of the Te Deum for choir and orchestra, celebrating the reopening of Fairfield Halls in October 2019. One reviewer from Seen and Heard magazine described Jack's Te Deum as 'by far my own preferred piece of music in the program... I want to hear more of this hugely talented young composer'.
BUCKFAST ABBEY MILLENIUM COMPETITION
Jack was the winner of the Buckfast Abbey Millenium Composition Competition, celebrating 1000 years since the foundation of the abbey. Judged by Martin Baker, acclaimed organist and improviser, Jack's setting of Sicut Cervus beat off stiff competition.
The piece has been performed all over the British Isles, including Westminster Cathedral and the Edington Music Festival. You can listen to a performance by the Choir of Buckfast Abbey here.
RSCM COMMISSION RBL SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE
Jack was approached by John Crothers, Chairman of RSCM France, to write a piece for the RBL Service of Remembrance, November 2017.
The resulting piece, entitled In Pace, was a triumph, setting a macaronic version of the well known offertory, Justorum Animae. While starting off in English, the piece moves through the languages of the main World War adversaries before concluding in Latin, the universal language, suggesting the idea of 'peace at the last'.
Jack is pictured here with the members of the RSCM France Singers, shortly after conducting the premiere of his piece. The performance was described as 'utterly beautiful... drawing stark emotion from singers and listeners alike'.
CHARLES WOOD 150 COMPETITION
Jack was the winner of the Charles Wood Festival of Music's Composition Competition in 2016, celebrating 150 years since Wood's birth. The piece is a setting of Reginald Heber's test 'O Most Merciful', and the performance was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Described by David Hill as 'a real gem of a piece', Jack's work has been performed many times all over the British Isles. Listen to the piece here.
Jack is pictured here with David Hill, director of the Charles Wood Singers, shortly before the world premiere of this work.
PALLANT CHARITABLE TRUST PRIZE
Jack was shortlisted for the Pallant Charitable Trust Prize in 2013, with his setting of 'Blessed is the Lord' for children's voices. The piece presents a 'memorable tune', while introducing polyphony and syncopation in an accessible fashion. The published copy of this piece can be found here.
Here is Jack, pictured with James MacMillan, acclaimed composer and the competition's judge, shortly after the premiere performance.