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Chorale Prelude on Christus, der ist mein Leben wins RCO/OBP Audience Prize



Chorale Prelude on Christus, der ist mein Leben (2017), successfully premiered by Nicholas Morris, was awarded the audience prize at the Royal College of Organists/Orgelbüchlein Project composing competition concert held at St George's Hanover Square on 8th July 2017.

The Orgelbüchlein Project is in partnership with the European Commission Representation in the United Kingdom.


Composer-in-residence - 'Unwanted organs - what is their future?' Conference



David has accepted the invitation to be Composer-in-residence for the Unwanted organs - what is their future? conference which will be held at St Stephen's Church, Rosslyn Hill, Hampstead, NW3 2PP on Saturday 23rd September 2017.

Chaired by Peter Burman the conference (10am-4.30pm) will include specially made films by James Dawson and contributions from special guest Judith Weir CBE, Master of the Queen's Music.

At 4.30pm there will be a concert entitled 'Pipes and Strings' which will include the world premiere of The Magical Dwarf (2017) written especially for the occasion. The concert will be followed by a French choice wine reception: wines from places where unwanted English organs have been moved to - included in entry for concert-goers!

The conference logo image to the right is reproduced by kind permission of the Chapter of Durham Cathedral.


Chorale Prelude shortlisted in RCO/Orgelbüchlein Project Composing Competition

23/06/2017 (updated with full piece title 09/07/2017)


Following close scrutinisation by Martin Baker, Philip Moore and William Whitehead Chorale Prelude on Christus, der ist mein Leben (2017) has been shortlisted in the Royal College of Organists/Orgelbüchlein Project composing competition.

The ten shortlisted compositions will be heard in a public concert on Saturday 8 July, at 6.00pm, at St George's, Hanover Square, London W1S 1FX (nearest tubes Oxford Circus and Bond Street) played by rising star of the organ world Nicholas Morris.

It will prove a fascinating evening, in which many different contemporary takes on Bach’s Orgelbüchlein will be heard. Whitehead explained: “There was a huge range of styles, techniques and general approaches, so the task of deciding between them was not an easy one ... the ten shortlisted compositions were the ones deemed to have been the most successful in reflecting the ethos of Bach’s Orgelbüchlein for the modern age.”

Admission to the concert is free with a retiring collection.

Saturday 8th July 2017 (18:00 – 19:30)
St George's Church, Hanover Square, London, W1S 1FX


Commission to mark organ's 100th Birthday - Ridgewell: Hymn of Reminiscence



Ridgewell: Hymn of Reminiscence (2016-17), commissioned by Michaela Cottee, will be premiered on 31st March 2017 at St Lawrence, Ridgewell, Essex.

To mark the centenary of the organ (installed March 1917) a recital will be given by Andrew Cantrill with the commissioned work as the centerpiece of a varied programme.

31st March, 8pm - Tickets: £10 on the door to include refreshments.


Sonus Press - Loxley-Blount choral and solo organ works available from October 2017



From October 2017 a selection of David's choral and solo organ works will be available for purchase, published exclusively by Sonus Press.

Please visit www.sonuspress.co.uk for further details.


Battle of the Somme Centenary at Rochester Cathedral - The dark Somme flowing



The dark Somme flowing (2016), commissioned by Rochester Cathedral, will be premiered in a special Evensong, sung by the Girls and men of the cathedral choir, to mark the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme on 10th July 2016 (3.15pm).

This has been selected as one of the 'Editor's picks of what's on' in the July/August edition of Choir and Organ Magasine.


DuoSet organists announced - Eric Thompson Charitable Trust, Annual Award / Annual Recital Series



DuoSet: Snowdrops (4th Oct) Richard Moore, freelance organist, ex-organ scholar of St Paul's Cathedral.
DuoSet: Ukraine Sunflower (11th Oct) Thomas Allery, Director of Chapel Music Worcester College, Oxford.
DuoSet: Knotweed (18th Oct) Travis Baker, international recitalist & Director of Music, St Mary’s Parish Church, Putney.
DuoSet: Tulips (25th Oct) Joseph Beech, organ scholar of Brompton Oratory, organ scholar elect of St Paul's Cathedral.

All take place at St Lawrence Jewry next Guildhall, City of London, 1pm (until 1.45pm).


Hampstead Suite commissioned by Proms at St Jude's



Hampstead Suite (2016) has been commissioned by Proms at St Jude's. This suite is Inspired by written documents and tunes and collected by Cecil Sharp, who was principal at Hampstead Concervatoire (1896-1905), Hampstead Suite explores the legacy Sharp left behind much of which is now freely accessiable through English Folk Dance and Song Society's 'The Full English' digital archive which is part of online resources provided by the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library.


St Bride's Fleet Street - Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, 20th Dec 2015



Love came down at Christmas (2014) has been included in the music list for the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street - the spiritual home of the media. The service takes place on Sunday 20th December 2015 at 6:30pm.

This setting of Christina Rossetti's Love came down at Christmas was written last year for the Financial Times Choir and premièred at Southwark Cathedral during the Financial Times Carol Service in December 2014, with a repeat performance in Trafalgar Square under the Christmas tree a few days later.

Further details about the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols are available on St Bride's website. All are welcome!


The Eric Thompson Charitable Trust, Annual Award 2015 - DuoSet



The Eric Thompson Charitable Trust's Annual Award 2015 has been awarded to DuoSet (2015-16), a set of 4 pieces for organ and solo instruments. David's application was regarded by the Trustees as 'the most ambitious and relevant submission'. As part of the Award David will study during 2016 with the internationally recognised composer Paul Patterson. DuoSet will be premiered in four recitals in central London next autumn.

Founded in 1993 to commemorate the life and work of Eric Thompson OBE The Eric Thompson Charitable Trust was has a long and distinguished track record of supporting young organists through its grants scheme. Since 2006 the Trust's partnership with Flentrop Orgelbouw BV has provided a scholarship oppertunity for an organist (under 25 and based in the UK or Ireland) to spend two weeks in Holland learning organ building techniques and having lessons with distinguished Dutch organists. The Trust's Annual Award of up to £5000, introduced in 2015, supports a significant project associated with organ study, performance, composing, recording or research.


'Limadie meets London' selected for C&O / RCO workshop with Judith Weir CBE & Thomas Trotter



'Limadie meets London' has been selected by Master of the Queen’s Music Judith Weir CBE and Thomas Trotter for a composition workshop for Organ on 10 September 2015 at St George's Hannover Square, London, held in partnership with the Royal College of Organists.

'Limadie meets London' is the central movement (IIb) of Travelling Triptyque first heard at St Michael's Cornhill, City of London in Novemeber 2014. The movement is an adaption of 'Gwerin Melodis' (which ideally requires divided pedal) from Truro Triptyque which was premiered in Truro Cathedral by Tak Chow (2015/16 organ scholar of Guildford Cathedral) in May 2014.

Further details, including the other 6 works selected, can be found on Choir & Organ's website.

Click here to book a ticket for the workshop which is FREE of charge, and is open to composers and observers alike.


Première of Liberate te ex inferis: Poema ex Dante - 15th July 2015




Première of Chorale Prelude and Postlude - Muswell Hill, March 2015



Nicholas Chalmers will give the world première of Chorale Prelude and Postlude [2014-15] on the recently restored Harrison & Harrison organ of St James’ Church, Muswell Hill. Built in 1955 to a specification which was considered remarkable at the time, the organ has enjoyed an illustrious reputation. Composers including Olivier Messiaen and Sir Lennox Berkeley recognising its special character, visited St James's in times past to hear their music played.

The concert on 21st March will be the first performance of the Prelude and Postlude as a two movement work. Chorale Prelude on Wenn mein Stündlein vorhanden ist (2015) was commissioned by North London Chorus for their March 2015 concert and follows the well received première of Chorale Postlude on Wenn mein Stündlein vorhanden ist (2014) at St. Michael and All Angels Croydon performed by Tom Bell in September 2014.

21st March 2015, 7.30pm (world première)
St James Muswell Hill, N10 3DB

Tickets from: https://northlondonchorus.org/tickets
£20 (£18) | £15 (£13) | £10 (£8)


Liberate te ex inferis: Poema ex Dante | Durham Cathedral, July 2015



The title of the symphonic scale (25') work based on Dante's Divine Comedy will be Liberate Te Ex Inferis: Poema Ex Dante (2015) the first part of which translates into English as 'Free Yourself From Hell'.

15th July 2015, 7.30pm (world première)
Durham Cathedral, UK | £8 (£6)

Jonathan Allsopp, Organ


Inflemus première at St Lawrence Jewry next Guildhall, City of London - Feb 2015



Inflemus (2014-15), commissioned by Jemima Stephenson, is an exciting new work for trumpet and organ. The work incorporates use of the two Klais organs (2000-01) of St Lawrence Jewry (the main organ and Commonwealth Chapel organ) both of which can be played simultaniously from the main console in the west gallery. The piece is designed to be equally viable if played on a single organ. The première will be given by Darren Moore and Jemima Stephenson.

Darren Moore is currently a Yeomen of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and completed his undergratuate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama before undertaking post-graduate studies at Koninklijk Conservatorium (Netherlands) and the Royal Academy of Music in London. Jemima Stephenson FRCO, winner of the RCO Turpin and Durrant Prizes in 2012, was previously the organ scholar of Peterborough Cathedral (2012/13) and Queen's College Cambridge. She is currently a final year masters student at the Royal Academy of Music (London) and Assistant Director of Music and Sir George Thalben-Ball Organ Scholar at St Michael's Corhhill.

10th Feb 2015, 1pm (world première)
St Lawrence Jewry next Guildhall, EC2V 5AA
free admission with retiring collection.


Kernewek Suite | The Norwegian Flute Ensemble at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church



As a prelude to the 2015 International Recital Series at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church the Norwegian Flute Ensemble / Det Norske Fløyteensemble (www.DNFE.no) make their London debut performing a varied programme including the world première of Kernewek Suite (2014-15).

21st Jan 2015, 6pm
Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue,
London, WC2H 8EP | admission free with retiring collection


Financial Times Carol Service - a new setting of a Christina Rossetti poem



My setting of Christina Rossetti's Love came down at Christmas (2014) will be premièred during the Financial Times Carol Service held in Southwark Cathedral on 8th December 2014 at 12 noon.

The Financial Times Choir; Paul Ayres, conductor


Symphonic scale new work for solo organ to be premièred in Durham Cathedral



Jonathan Allsopp, the Organ Scholar of Durham Cathedral, has comissioned a symphonic scale (c.25') new work based on the tripartite structure of Dante's Divine Comedy. Further details, including the title of the work, will be be announced in due course.

The première will take place in the evening recital in Durham Cathedral on 15th July 2015.


Travelling Triptyque to be premièred in the world's longest running organ recital series



The weekly organ recital series at St Michael's in the City of London is believed to be the longest running recital series in the world. 'An Organ of distinction, one of Londons finest, most famous and most cherished'

Travelling Triptyque (2014) will be premiered in the recital taking place on Monday 10th November 2014 by Tak Man Chow (The Royal Church of St. Alfege, Greenwich / Royal College of Music).


Does Aught Come After - A cycle of the poems sent to Vera Brittain by Roland Leighton



For more information about the cycle please visit: www.djloxley-blount.co.uk/RolandLeighton.html


Palace of Westminster performance - BDF Event at the House of Lords



This evening a twenty-five minute programme of David's compositions was performed by Guro Skår (flute) and Stephen Wilder (piano) as part of the Business Disability Forum's event at the House of Lords.

The programme consisted of:
Fantasia for Flute and Piano
Transverse Triptyque
'Chorale' from Suomi Suite [piano version]
Rhapsody No.1 for Flut

* indicates World Première


Tom Bell to première Chorale Postlude at St Michael and All Angels, Croydon



On Wednesday 17th September Tom Bell will give the première of my Chorale Postlude on Wenn mein Stündlein vorhanden ist (2014).

Tom Bell, organ

(free entry with retiring collection)

Wednesday 17th September 2014, 1.10pm
St. Michael and All Angels with St. James
Croydon, CR0 1UA


South Yorkshire inspired carols become a trilogy with addition of Our Saviour and King



I am delighted to announce that following the successes of Sweet Bells (2012) and Diadem (2013) the Choir of St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, will première Our Saviour and King (2014) this December. All three of these carols are contemporary settings for mixed choir and organ that incorporate traditional South Yorkshire melodies and/or texts.

Service of Nine Lessons & Carols

Sunday 21th December 2014, 6pm
St Jude-on-the-Hill, NW11 7AH


Twitter - follow me at @djlbcomposer & @R_A_Leighton



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Première of Truro Triptyque in Truro Cathedral



Lunchtime Organ Recital

Tak Man Chow (Royal College of Music)

Friday 30th May 2014, 1.10pm
Truro Cathedral, Cornwall, TR1 2AF


Ticket information for première of Simul certāminis invicem accidit



London Firebird Orchestra will give the première of my 9 minuite orchestral work Simul certāminis invicem accidit (2014) on Thursday 10th April in The Rickett Quadrangle, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, NW4 4BT.


Tickets are FREE, but must be obtained in advance from:


or by phoning: 020 8441 6052



BBC Radio 3 broadcast of Sonus Repercussus



Sonus Repercussus (2013) will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at around 1445 GMT on Wednesday 5th March 2014 as part of 'Afternoon on 3' presented by Katie Derham.


Sonus Repercussus was the winning entry in the 2013 Choir & Organ Composition Competition in partnership with St Albans International Organ Festival.


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