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 www.kings.cam.ac.uk

More information on www.philharmoniavoices.org


Missa Aedes Christi

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

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 work of vital attack, shivering beauty and compelling power...", and by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as "a modern masterpiece." He was awarded a British Composer Award for his Missa Brevis (2011) for St Paul’s Cathedral. As a chamber music pianist he has recorded with Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis, and has performed with Colin Carr, Louise Williams and Andrew Marriner – as well as with his daughters. In June 2018 the Choir of King’s College Cambridge digitally released Lit by Holy Fire; in September a CD was released of his organ music performed by Tom Winpenny at St Albans Abbey. In October 2020, Francis performed the last three Beethoven piano sonatas, Op. 109, Op. 110, and Op. 111, at Saint Mary's, Perivale, in a web recital which was heard by many listeners in all continents except Antarctica. His new oratorio Before All Worlds which he has been writing with librettist Elizabeth Cook, was to have been performed and broadcast by the BBC Singers in November 2020, but, due to the pandemic, this performance has been postponed.

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