Chris TotneyEarlier this term, we reported that a new choral piece composed by one of our visiting piano and organ teachers, Mr Chris Totney, had won a competition organised by the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM). The anthem, titled God of all creation**, was chosen from over 200 entries to mark the school’s annual Music Sunday event last weekend, receiving its first performance as part of a special broadcast. 

Hugh Morris, Director of the RSCM, described the three-minute masterpiece as being 'very strong and well-constructed'.

Although much of the service was streamed from Lichfield Cathedral, Mr Totney’s anthem was presented as a virtual offering by members of the Self-Isolation Choir, each one of whom had recorded their own voice individually before being mixed together to form the finished product.

Mr Totney remarked, 'It’s a pleasure to contribute an approachable piece of music to celebrate this special day, but the biggest examination still lies ahead, and that is to find out whether it stands the test of time. Plenty of music is written for one-off occasions and then never heard again, but my hope is that this anthem will really hit the mark with singers and live on for many years to come.'

The celebration service can be viewed on the RSCM’s YouTube Channel by clicking here. Hugh Morris introduces the context of the celebration at 31:25 before going on to conduct the virtual performance immediately afterwards, beginning at 33:45.

Many congratulations to Mr Totney on this fantastic achievement.

 

**God of all creation

God of all creation,
for whom the church, in liturgy and song,
has borne faithful witness through the centuries,
let us be your instruments of praise,
that in us may be found
that new dimension of sound,
which tunes our souls and bodies
to the infinite beauty of your truth
and the profound glory of your eternal light. Amen.

Text: Gordon Giles
Music: Chris Totney