New Music

Western choral music is a living, breathing tradition as well as a powerful link to the past. As members of this tradition we have an obligation not simply to be satisfied with the music we inherit from the past, but to sustain its vitality into the future.  The Fairhaven Singers is committed to fostering the music of the present by performing contemporary music, and to nurturing the music of the future by commissioning new works. Perhaps most importantly, we relish the opportunity to participate in the creation of a new work of art. We have forged relationships with a number of contemporary composers, and we regularly premiere and record new works, including a new commission every year. Some living composers whose works we have performed in recent years are Jonathan Dove, Jonathan Harvey, James MacMillan, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Jan Sandström, Will Todd, and Ralph Woodward.

Giving performances of works by composers like Will Todd and James MacMillan has produced some of the most transformative moments in my career. I’m very lucky to have, in the Fairhaven Singers, a group that rises to these challenges undaunted, and is committed to giving passionate performances and leaving audiences spellbound.

 —Musical Director Ralph Woodward

Works we’ve premiered:

Will Todd, Magnificat, 1997
Richard Lloyd, A Garland of Praise, 1998
Jake Howarth, Pied Beauty, 2008
Graham Lack, Sanctus, 2009 (UK premiere)
Will Todd, Requiem, 2009  Buy our recording!
Bob Chilcott, Ave Maria, 2010 Buy our recording!
Carl Rütti, Amen, 2011 More info and Buy our recording!
Will Todd, Songs of Peace, 2012 More info and Buy our recording!
Joseph Phibbs, Lullay, lullay, thou lytil child, December 2012  Buy our recording!
Will Todd, Te Deum (string-orchestra version), October 2013
Thomas Hewitt Jones and Andrew Motion, Formation, November 2013.
Somtow Sucharitkul, ClareVoyance, May 2014
Ēriks Ešenvalds, The Time Has Come, November 2015, Listen Here!
Ralph Woodward, Summer Happiness, July 2016
Cecilia McDowall, God is Light, November 2016
Ola Gjeilo, LUX, November 2017
Geoff Page Battle Cries, November 2018
Jonathan Dove Sappho Sings, March 2019