In the Cathedral’s commitment to supporting new music, Amy Summers, a recent graduate of the University of Nottingham and former Choral Scholar, has been appointed Composer-in-Residence.
Having sung with the choir for the last few years I'm very excited to become composer-in-residence at the Cathedral. It's incredibly lovely and rewarding to write for people that you know so well and are used to working with, and I'm so grateful to be supported by the Cathedral and music department in starting out as a young musician and composer.
Amy follows in the footsteps of Alex Patterson, who was Composer-in-Residence between 2009 - 2011, during which time some of his most well-known music was written, and now published by Banks Music Publications: Ave Maria, Two Pieces for Remembrance, and Lead, kindly Light.
I know from my own experience as Composer-in-Residence how fruitful and incredibly rewarding the role can be and I am looking forward to hearing the new music Amy will be writing specifically for use within the Catholic liturgy.
Amy's compositional talent came to light very quickly when the Cathedral commissioned a new setting of the Salve Regina which the Cathedral Choir first performed during the 11.15am Mass on Sunday 23 October 2016. This setting will appear on the Cathedral Choir's upcoming CD 'Mother of God, here I stand' (to be released this Autumn) alongside two settings of the Ave Maria by Alex Patterson and Howard Skempton, both written for the Cathedral Choir.