Our Composers

Throughout over a century of sacred choral music at St Michael’s, successive generations have sought to continue and enhance the richness and variety of our choral tradition. Various members of the choir, Directors of Music and others associated with the church have turned their hand to composing and arranging from time to time.

Click on the image gallery to find details below on some of the composers and arrangers who have written works for St Michael’s choir and beyond. We would love to feature more of the creativity at St Michael’s so please get in touch if you have any original music to share.

At St Michael’s we welcome and encourage composers, directors and arrangers to use the excellent acoustic space for rehearsals, workshops, recitals and concerts to promote new works or showcase existing ones.

To contact us please email music@stmichaelsmoundinham.org.uk

David Bannister

David Bannister

Coming soon...

Florence Browne

Florence Browne

Soprano
Florence Browne is a former member of St Michael's choir.

She is currently reading Music at Durham University, where she is involved with music production on the student radio station. She is working on a choral piece for Advent.

Dr Nigel Browne

Dr Nigel Browne

Bass & Organ
Nigel has been organist of St. Michael's for about ten years. As part of the Music Team he also conducts and sings with the choir.

Nigel studied music and musicology at the universities of Nottingham, London, Reading and Exeter. His doctoral thesis at the latter was on Organs, Organists and Organ Builders in Nineteenth Century Devon. He also directs the Exeter Chorale, which rehearses at St. Michael's.

Nigel has written and arranged a number of works. The most significant performed at St. Michael's is his Mass for Double Choir, based on Parry's "I was Glad". It was originally written for a patronal festival at St. Martin's, Haverfordwest, where he was organist and choirmaster at the time. A choir from another church was to take the second choir part, but at the rehearsal it was discovered both had learned the first choir part! The performance was less than perfect. The Mass is now part of the repertoire at St. Michael's and Nigel remarks that 'it has sounded (to me at least) much more convincing'.

Nigel's Mass (Missa Brevis "Laetatus Sum") was sung by the choir at the 10.45am service on June 8th, 2014.

The nature of the services at St Michael's also involves Nigel in quite a lot of improvisation on the organ, which he finds stimulating. Like most organists, this makes him a sort of instant, on-demand composer that can be called upon at any time in the service to put his creative skills into practice.

Jonathan Croley

Jonathan Croley

Tenor
Jonathan sang for St Michael's choir between 2008 and 2012. He married Kim (also a choir member) in 2010 and their daughter was baptised at St Michael's in 2012.

One of Jonathan's pieces, an arrangement of "I Sing of a Mayden", was written for and performed by St Michael's choir at its Christmas concert in Bridport, Dorset in 2008. He has set several Psalms to music and wrote a special setting of the Nunc Dimittis, sung by members of the choir and recorded at St Michael's, for a family memorial service held in Berlin in 2008.

Jonathan enjoys singing in small ensembles and these days, from time to time, he informally joins members of the B-Naturals, an a cappella quartet, to enjoy close harmony singing.

I Sing of a Mayden
The B Naturals website
Paul Evans

Paul Evans

Bass
Prior to joining St Michael's choir Paul sang in the choir of the Greater Church of Nottingham St Mary's.

Paul is a freelance pianist as well as a saxophone player with a particular interest in jazz. Improvisation is an instant and free form of composition so he is well used to that as a jazz musician.

Paul has also composed more formally in the shape of a flute and harpsichord piece, a saxophone quartet and a recorder quartet.

Paul Evans Pianist
Graham Keitch

Graham Keitch

Countertenor
Graham joined St Michael's choir in 2009.

His compositions include settings for Mass and Evensong, various anthems and motets.

Click here to email Graham Keitch
Graham's music site
Neil Page

Neil Page

Coming soon...

Chris Upton

Chris Upton

Chris was at St Michael’s from 1998 to 2001, while studying at Exeter University.
The setting of the Reproaches he wrote for the choir has remained a part of the Good Friday liturgy at St Michael's ever since. Meanwhile, he has continued composing; as well as anthems for a range of voice combinations, both with and without accompaniment, he writes liturgical settings, hymn tunes, and Anglican chants.

His work (and a picture of his face) can be found on the Choral Public Domain Library (link below).

Chris Upton's choral works
Alex West

Alex West

Bass & Organ.
Alex was Organ Scholar at St Michael’s from August 2011 and took on the mantle of Director of Music from Autumn 2014 to Summer 2015. He variously conducted, accompanied and sang with the church choir.

In his day job he works in the Polar Climate team at the Met Office, modelling and monitoring Arctic sea ice. He also conducts the Met Office Orchestra and accompanies other musical groups around Exeter on an occasional basis.

Composing has been one of Alex’s principal hobbies since the age of about 16. He has written several short choral pieces including a Mass, settings of the Magnificat, Nunc Dimittis and Benedictus - and a setting of George Herbert’s poem The Quip.

Perhaps more controversially, Alex has also set Graham Kendrick’s immortal verses 'Shine, Jesus, Shine' to polyphonic music (translated in true St Michael's style into Latin!). Alex's output also includes several small-scale instrumental works including a four-movement string quartet, performed by the professional Fitzwilliam String Quartet in April 2007.

Click here to email Alex West