Matthew Coleridge - Requiem Choral album recording
Help us to bring this incredible piece of music to life with a professional recording.
Composer Matthew Coleridge’s REQUIEM is an uplifting, deeply moving and quietly powerful choral work. It was first performed to great acclaim in Dorset in October 2015 - a truly special performance that brought a capacity audience to its feet.
In early 2016, Matthew will be working alongside one of the best chamber choirs in the UK to make a professional CD recording of his Requiem.
This recording will bring Matthew’s beautiful work to a wider audience, encouraging performances by both amateur and professional choirs across the UK and overseas.
Your pledge will help to bring this remarkable composition to life, and allow everyone to share in its beauty.
The recording sessions will take place in February 2016, in the magnificent acoustics of St Paul’s, Knightsbridge (home of the BBC Singers). Rob Johnston will conduct RSVP Voices, a chamber choir featuring many of the best choral singers in London. The glorious solo cello part will be played by prize-winning cellist Yuki Ito, with Stephen Farr at the organ. The sessions will be overseen by Adrian Peacock, the finest choral producer in the business.
The overall cost of this project is a little over £8,000. We’ve already raised a substantial amount of this, but need your help to get us over the finishing line. We want to make this recording without the backing of a record company or publisher, allowing the composer to keep control of the copyrights to his work.
We have a number of rewards to suit every budget - from mp3 download and CD copies of the Requiem, through to commissioned works for your choir, vocal scores of the Requiem so you can perform it, and hand-written manuscript drafts from the composer's Requiem notebook.
Immensely approachable - both for singers and audience - Matthew Coleridge’s Requiem is also a work of great depth, weaving beautifully melodic vocal lines into a rich tapestry of sound. The writing effortlessly blends elements of Medieval music with shimmering modern harmonies.
The work can be performed by amateur choirs with a limited budget and modest resources (just organ and cello accompaniment), whilst larger choirs can add parts for string orchestra and timpani, to enormous effect.
The Requiem is Matthew’s first major choral composition. His earlier Corpus Christi Carol is currently featured on the cover CD of BBC Music Magazine’s Christmas 2015 edition, bringing his music into thousands of homes this Christmas! A self-taught composer, he works as a freelance music arranger, publishing his own music. Matt lives in West Dorset, and is an enthusiastic part of its musical life.
£5 - download the Requiem album in mp3 format
£10 - cd of the Requiem album
£15 - cd album + vocal score of the Requiem
£25 - signed, deluxe edition CD album (with extended inlay booklet)
£50 - signed, deluxe edition CD album + inlay booklet 'thank you' credit
£100 - VIP guest and front row seat at the next performance, Dorset June 2016 + signed album + credit
£200 - a set of vocal scores for your choir. Be the next choir to perform it! (+ 5 cd albums)
£300 - Matthew will compose a short piece for your choir, to your choice of text
£500 - a hand-written manuscript page from the composer's sketches for the Requiem