Just as special occasions help define a group’s journey, music specially written for the occasion can add icing to the cake.
The exclusivity of commissioned music often becomes a “signature piece” in a soloist or group’s repertoire.
Commissions are best suited for specific occasions, milestones or to honour people, places and achievements.
My creative process includes dialogue and consultation with your group. We’ll discuss the theme or purpose for the music, determine its overall impression and programming considerations. We’ll explore the capabilities of the group and any special elements and features at hand (solo voices, instrumentation, techniques) to work into the composition.
HSSB & Orpheus Choir – The Christmas Truce (2014)
Cameron Rawlins (Euphonium soloist) – A Three Piece Suit (2012)
Peterborough Singers – The Night of the Magi, The Night of the Angel, The Night of the God-Child (2014)
UK Territorial Music School of The Salvation Army – In The Beginning
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I have had the good fortune to perform the music of Len Ballantine and always with great success. Len’s obvious skill and craftsmanship as a composer/arranger is abundant and his works, while realistic in their demands, are always textually sensitive, creatively daring, imaginatively bold and, above all, very satisfying to perform.
We keep coming back for more! Len’s work is always of the highest quality. It is superbly written and eminently singable. Our commissions include “The Night Of…” trilogy, a set of full-length Christmas anthems for choir, brass band, percussion and piano that we have featured at our Christmas concerts to great acclaim from audience and choristers alike.