Francis Grier
Francis Grier

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Sword in the Soul

Seven short films from King's College Chapel, Cambridge featuring the Philharmonia Voices (director Aidan Oliver) singing music for Holy Week by Francis.

The films are shown on the King's College website

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Missa Aedes Christi

A 10 minute film about the first liturgical performance of Missa Aedes Christi (with dance) at

Francis Grier used to be organist of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and gave the first ever Prom concert given over to a solo performer in 1985. He is now a psychoanalyst and composer. In 2006 his Passion, commissioned by the BBC and VocalEssence in Minneapolis was described by the Independent as a humdinger of a new work. ... To say "impact", however, would be to understate. Some of this is like a bolt from the blue. Overall, The Passion of Jesus of Nazareth is a work of vital attack, shivering beauty and compelling power..."

In recent years he has written two Masses for St Paul's Cathedral: Missa Spiritus Sanctus (2010) and Missa Brevis (2011) - for which he was awarded a British Composer Award. Two other works have been shortlisted for British Composer Awards. In 2011, he wrote A Sequence for St Davids for the St Davids Festival. Prayer, to George Herbert's poem, written for the Choirbook for the Queen, was broadcast from Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford in 2012. Christ Church Cathedral choir performed a major new Mass setting, Missa Aedes Christi, in June 2012, which was also danced by the Ballet Rambert Dance School. Stephen Cleobury directed the choir of King's College Cambridge in his new setting of the Vespers, ...lit by holy fire, in June, 2014. In the same month Geoffrey Webber directed the choir of Caius College Cambridge in Cantemus in the Spitalfields Festival. For Holy Week 2015, the Philharmonia Voices (director Aidan Oliver) filmed performances of his Sword in the Soul in King's College Chapel, Cambridge, one film of each movement to be presented on the Internet each day between Palm Sunday and Easter Day.

As a chamber music pianist he has performed with Colin Carr, Louise Williams, Andrew Marriner, and Dorothee Jansen. Recently he recorded with Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis. For many years he has been performing with his daughters, Savitri (violin) and Indira (cello). Their performances have included concerts at St John's Smith Square and at the Fairfield Halls.

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