The newest composer to join the Chichester Music Press is John Hosking, and we’re delighted to welcome him aboard. Among other things, he’s the assistant organist of St Asaph’s Cathedral, as well as the organist of St Winefride’s Church in St Asaph. You can read a fuller biography here.
Over the coming weeks we’ll be publishing a handful of John’s choral works, starting with a mass setting.
Missa Sancti Asaph is a setting of the Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus & Benedictus and Agnus Dei from the mass, and in total runs to about 8 & a half minutes, which is an excellent length for mass intended for liturgical use. It’s conspicuously the work of an organist – the organ has a very busy role throughout, and it isn’t intended to play second fiddle to the choir. John writes:
The organ plays just as important a part as the choir in colouring the text and, especially in the Gloria, should be seen as a rival to the choir rather than taking a supportive role.
To this end, John has been very prescriptive with his organ registrations, with frequent directions for specific combinations of stops, as well as more general descriptions of the timbres he’s aiming at. However, there is plenty for the singers to get their teeth into as well, with some expressive and reflective sections, as well as some more fiery moments, as the text demands. In places it’s a demanding piece, but rewarding and enjoyable, and should go down well with choirs who are up for a challenge, and with congregations who like music which reflects the meaning of the words.
Copies of the 20-page score cost £3.50 and can be ordered from the order form here.