New choral works: publications, performances and broadcasts

Multiple performances for new OUP-published pieces Esto mihi in Deum protectorem and Cantate Domino

This year sees the first performances of two new unaccompanied choral works by Jonathan Pitkin, both of which are to be published by Oxford University Press.

Esto mihi in Deum protectorem, which forms part of OUP's 'New Horizons' series of contemporary choral music, first appeared alongside an interview with the composer in Choir and Organ magazine: it will be premièred by the choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, under the direction of Stephen Darlington at Evensong on 13th March, before being repeated as part of the choir's live BBC Radio 3 'Choral Evensong' broadcast on 19th May. The 'Voluntary' from Jonathan's Suite for Organ will also be part of the programme on both occasions.

Birmingham-based choir the Colmore Consort, meanwhile, will perform Esto mihi in Deum protectorem at Birmingham Cathedral on 3rd July, and then at Evensong at Westminster Abbey on 12th July. Charles Janz conducts.

Cantate Domino, which is included in the OUP anthology 'Cantica Nova', is on the programme of this year's John Armitage Memorial concerts. It will be performed by the chapel choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge, at St Bride's, Fleet Street, London, on 18th March (directed by Sarah MacDonald), and at Great St Mary's Church, Cambridge (1st July) then St Cuthbert's Church, Edinburgh (10th July) under the direction of Nicholas Cleobury.