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Alan Smith

Alan Smith was born in London in 1962 and was spent his childhood in Croydon. He sang with various local choirs and attended the nearby Royal School of Church Music, where he began organ lessons with Michael Fleming at the age of ten. He was appointed as Organist and Choirmaster of a local church at the age of 16, and later became Organ Scholar at Kings’ College, London, where he studied from 1981 to 1984. As part of his music degree, he specialized in composition, studying with Nicola LeFanu, David Lumsdaine and George Nicholson.

Following postgraduate training at the London Institute of Education, Alan began his teaching career. After working in various schools, he became Head of Music at Hazelwick School, Crawley in 1990, a post he continues to hold. In the same year, he came to some prominence by winning the RSCM’s annual composing competition. His successful entry, Let the Peoples Praise You, became his first published piece and continues to be widely performed. Since then, his choral compositions have won several awards, most recently the Thornesian Prize in 2003 and an honorable mention in the 2004 Vanguard Premieres Competition.
Alan’s output is predominantly of choral and vocal music, much of it written for specific choirs or occasions, and his catalogue runs to over 150 works. In the UK, his music is published by Animus, Curiad, Cantiones Press, Escorial Edition, Fagus Music and RSCM, while in America, he is published by Abingdon Press, CanticaNOVA, OUP, Pavane and Roger Dean.
Since 1998, Alan has been Director of Music at St Andrew’s church in Burgess Hill, West Sussex, where he lives with his wife and three children.

 

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In Pace
 

 In Pace 
Composer: Alan Smith 

Voicing: SATB 
Season: Communion/Lent  Released: January 2005 
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   English composer Alan Smith is a relative newcomer to American choral circles, but his writing is mature and magnificent. For SATB choir and Soprano solo voice, this a cappella choral prayer contains both Latin and English text. Flowing easily and gently the composer guides the music through refreshing harmonic changes and satisfying cadences. Beautiful for Church or Concert.
 

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  P1254 - SATB  [buy now]
$1.80

 
O Worship The Lord
 

 O Worship The Lord 
Composer: Alan Smith  Author/Lyricist: JSB Monsell / Psalm 96 

Voicing: SATB 
Season: general  Released: January 2006  Difficulty: medium
Sample Sound File Listen
   English composer Alan Smith provides a setting of Psalm 96. There is a stately English character to the piece, which is lofty and lilting. There is also a captivating and informal flair here and there that make the piece especially interesting. It is a festive anthem of praise for the worshipping church.
 

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  P1290 - SATB  [buy now]
$1.80

 
Upon The Rose
 

 Upon The Rose 
Composer: Alan Smith  Author/Lyricist: J.M. Plunkett 

Voicing: SATB 
Season: Communion/Lent  Released: January 2007 
Sample Sound File Listen
   British composer Alan Smith has given J.M. Plunkett's Lenten poem an elegant setting. Written for organ and choir, the musical phrases bloom with the text. Excellent for Communion, Lent or Holy Week, the final resolution carries a message of hope and comfort.
 

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  P1314 - SATB  [buy now]
$1.60

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