Back Catalogue

Contains details of the following works:

The Beckoning Waters (2014)
Songs from Luke (2013)
Moment of Eternity (2012)
Patrick's Song (2010)
 

The Beckoning Waters (2014)

In brief:
Words and music exploring the recurring imagery within scripture of a vast river. The river transforms the surrounding landscape and brings it into fullness of life.

Libretto:
based on a series of poems by contemporary British poet Helen Rongong. Please note, as the libretto does not follow the poems very strictly - (some lines were omitted, and others were repeated or rearranged ), interested parties might also wish to view the original poems.

Scoring:
baritone soloist
tenor soloist
soprano soloist
SATB chorus
2 flutes (Fl. 2 also plays piccolo)

2 oboes (Ob. 1 also plays cor anglais)
clarinet
bassoon
triangle, snare drum, cymbals
harp
1st & 2nd violins
violas
violoncelli
double basses


First Performance:
given in October 2014, at St Philip's Church, Logie Green Road, Edinburgh.

conductor: Tembu Rongong
soloists: Matthew Todd, James Hutchinson, Isolde James-Griffiths

choir and orchestra: gathered friends of the composer and conductor, from Edinburgh, Fife and further afield

Songs from Luke (2013)

In brief:
A miniature oratorio for Advent or Christmas, based on the first chapters of Luke's Gospel
 
Libretto:
The songs are settings of poems by Helen Rongong. Helen based each of her poems on the words of different people in the unfolding nativity story, as told by Luke: thus we have songs from Gabriel and Mary, but also songs from less well-known characters.

Composer's note:
The idea for this composition came from my husband, who pointed out to me that the start of Luke's gospel reads as a series of songs. We then approached Helen Rongong to write the poems. The piece is in two parts: loosely, the first half refers to 'promises given', and the second half , to 'promises fulfilled'.

Scoring:
soprano soloist
mezzo-soprano soloist
alto soloist
tenor soloist
baritone soloist
bass soloist
SATB chorus
flute
oboe
clarinet
harp
glockenspiel (or celeste or xylophone or piano)
1st & 2nd violins
Violoncelli

 

First Performance:
given in December 2013 at St James' Church, Goldenacre, Edinburgh

conductor: Tembu Rongong
soloists: Isolde James-Griffith, James Hutchinson, Janet McKenzie, Sally Fraser, Matthew Todd, Benedikt Jetter
choir and orchestra: gathered friends of the composer and conductor, from Edinburgh, Fife and further afield

A Moment of Eternity (2012)

In brief:
A song-cycle based on the 'I am' sayings of Jesus, from John's Gospel and the book of Revelation. Eight songs in total, including a Processional and Recessional.

Libretto:
The songs are settings of sacred poems by contemporary British poet Helen Rongong.

Composer's note:
I had an idea that I wanted to explore the 'I am' sayings of Jesus. At first I attempted scribbling a few lines of verse myself, but soon realised that Helen would do a far better job. We had already collaborated on children's songs, but this was our first attempt at writing together for choir. Helen's resultant poems were beautiful, and the words very much dictated how the music developed. 

Scoring:
soprano soloist
baritone soloist
SAB chorus
harp

First Performance:
given in St James' Church, Goldenacre, Edinburgh on 8th September 2012

soloists: Tembu Rongong, Isolde James-Griffiths. Harp: Hannah Haynes

Further Performances include:

9th March 2013, St Columba's Free Church, Royal Mile, Edinburgh

18th January 2014, Canonmills Baptist Church, Edinburgh

29th August 2015, St John's Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh (as part of the '2015 Just Festival')

Patrick's Song (2010)

In brief:
setting of a poem by Elspeth Murray and Richard Medrington
 

Scoring:
voice, harp, violin

Performances:
Has been performed many, many times, including at St James' church Goldenacre, Edinburgh (with Tembu Rongong as the soloist); and St Columba's Church on the Royal Mile (with Isolde James-Griffith as the soloist).