A year after it was first scheduled to be performed, I had the pleasure of attending the premiere of my a cappella piece Snow Song, performed by Auckland-based chamber choir Cantorum. I was commissioned to write the piece in 2021 for their Christmas concert but like many events last year, Covid got in the way. It was wonderful to hear my work performed alongside a delightful and diverse selection of Christmas repertoire. The audience response was lovely as well, a few people approached me with some kind words which were very much appreciated. Another milestone in my journey which I’m grateful for and I’m looking forward to the next opportunity.
Here is a look at the programme note written by Cantorum director Anita Banbury:
Focussing on ‘Hodie’ and ‘Pipes’ we present, among other Christmas pieces, the first performance of Snow Song. Most years we commission a university student to write a piece for our Christmas concert. Jessie Leov wrote her setting of Frank Dempster Sherman’s poem in a pastoral manner that has charmed the choir.