On Friday 11 December 2020, the first performance was due to take place of the motet O sacrum convivium sung by Cantus Magnus (dir. Matthew Schellhorn) during Mass at St Mary Moorfields, London EC2. This service has now been cancelled in response to Covid-19 restrictions, and the motet’s premiere will be rescheduled.
The premiere of David’s major new cantata, A sure refuge, has been scheduled for 13 November 2021, in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. Further details will follow.
On Christmas Eve 2020, the Town Carol Service at St Mary’s, Swanage included David’s arrangement of the traditional German carol, Joseph dearest, Joseph mine (Josef lieber, Joseph mein).
On Sunday 16 February 2020, the choir of St Peter’s, Dorchester sang the anthem, Wherever we go, at the final service of their Team Vicar, Rev Claire McClelland, who commissioned the anthem.
On Sunday 1 December 2019, a choir of primary school-aged children sang the Advent song, Stay awake! during Family Communion at St Mary’s, Swanage, while the church’s adult choir sang Hymn to the Virgin that evening in their Advent Carol Service. On the same evening, the ‘Darkness to Light’ service at St Peter’s, Dorchester featured an arrangement of Joseph dearest, Joseph mine.
On Saturday 22 June 2019, the premiere took place at a wedding in St Edward’s, Corfe Castle, of a specially-commissioned work, The birthday of my life. Subsequently, on Saturday 13 July 2019, it featured in a concert in Lytchett Minster Parish Church given by The Orlando Singers.
On Saturday 11 May 2019, The Orlando Singers gave the premieres of two partsongs, Gold and Silver, in concert in St Edward’s, Corfe Castle, Dorset.
On Wednesday 7 November 2018, the choir of St Edmundsbury Cathedral gave the first performance of Before Action, which won the Cathedral’s 2018 Composition Competition (supported by the RA Vestey Memorial Trust). The anthem was heard during at the ‘Eve of Peace’ civic service in the Cathedral, and a recording can be heard below. The choir was directed by James Thomas, and the organist was Alexander Binns.
On Sunday 7 October 2018, the anthem A Grace of William Barnes was sung at the annual commemoration of William Barnes in the service of Holy Eucharist at St Peter’s, Dorchester, attended by officers and members of the William Barnes Society.
On Sunday 12 August 2018, at 6.30pm Choral Evensong in Wimborne Minster, the closing service of the 2018 Wessex Festival, The Orlando Singers sang a new festive introit by David Fawcett, Upon this festive day, and together with the Festival Singers also sang his Ripon Service (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in F). Recordings of both works (Graham Scott: Organ) can be heard below:
Upon this festive day:
The Ripon Service:
On Saturday 26 November 2017, the choir of Holy Trinity, Headington Quarry (dir: Rosie Tweddle) gave the first performance of the anthem commissioned for them, God is Light, in an Advent carol service.
On Sunday 19 November 2017, God be in my head was the anthem at Parish Eucharist at the Parish Church of St John the Baptist with St Luke, Peterborough.
On Saturday 28 October 2017, the Purbeck Arts Choir sang When Love came to the world in a concert at St Mary’s, Swanage, to commemorate the carol’s lyricist, Eric Gosney, who died earlier in the year.
On Sunday 8 October 2017, the first performance of the anthem A Grace of William Barnes was given at the annual commemoration of William Barnes in the service of Holy Eucharist at St Peter’s, Dorchester, attended by officers and members of the William Barnes Society.
On Sunday 12 February 2017, the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in G were heard for the first time in The Netherlands, when they were sung at choral evensong by the Schola Liturgica in the Grote of Jacobijnerkerk, Leeuwarden. The conductor was Geke Bruining and the organist, Mattijs de Vreugd, and the performance can be heard below.
Also on that day, the world premiere of Hail, Blessed Virgin Mary took place in the Festival of Nine Lessons and carols of St Paul’s Cathedral, London, Ontario, Canada. The cathedral choir was directed by Andrew Keegan Mackriell.
On Saturday 17 December 2016, the Grimsby Bach Choir (Dir: Steven Maxson) performed three of David’s works: Hymn to the Virgin, Sweet was the song the Virgin sang and When Love came to the world at their ‘Wassail’ in Grimsby Town Hall.
Also on that evening, ‘Carols for All’ with Gainsborough Choral Society (Dir: Richard Green) and singers from Queen Elizabeth’s High School included Bethlehem, of noblest cities. The concert took place in Gainsborough Parish Church.
On the same evening, 125 singers from seven community choirs came together in the Kulturhus, Surnadal, Norway for a concert which included a joint performance of Rosa mystica, conducted by Elin Persson.
On Saturday 3 December, the Hemel Hempstead Singers (dir: Simon Pusey) sang Hymn to the Virgin and gave the first performance of Sweet was the song the Virgin sang, in concert at Hemel Hempstead Methodist Church.
On Sunday 27 November, four performances took place:
- the Youth Choir of St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham sang the upper voices version of Hymn to the Virgin at Evening Mass
- the Abbey Choir performed the carol I sing of a maiden at the Advent Carol Service in Sherborne Abbey, Dorset.
- the choir of St Peter’s, Dorchester sang the mixed voices version of Hymn to the Virgin in their ‘Darkness and Light’ service
- the world premiere of The Angel Gabriel took place at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, Ontario, Canada, at a Service of Lessons and Carols for Advent. The cathedral choir was directed by Andrew Keegan Mackriell.
On Sunday 13 November, the Remembrance Day motet, They shall grow not old, was used in services in at least three churches around the UK: at St Mary Magdalene, Richmond, Surrey, St Richard’s, Chichester, and St Mark’s, North End, Portsmouth.
That evening, the anthem Captains of the Saintly Band was sung by the choir of St Margaret’s, Warnham, West Sussex, at Choral Evensong for the Feast of St Luke, and the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in G heard at Choral Evensong in St Mary’s, Swanage.
On Sunday 14 August, Wessex Voices premiered the motet Ave verum corpus, which was the winner of The Wessex Festival 2016 Composition Competition, during the Festival Eucharist Service at St Mary’s, Iwerne Minster, Dorset.
During Mass on Sunday 5 June, the Choral Scholars of St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham sang The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, directed by Alex Patterson.
On Sunday 29 May, the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in G was included in the Festival Evensong for the Purbeck Art Weeks Festival, in St Mary’s, Swanage, sung by the church choir and members of the Purbeck Arts Choir, conducted by Simon Lole and with the composer at the organ. The performance can be heard in this video:
On Saturday 21 May, the unison Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in E flat received its premiere at Choral Evensong in Ripon Cathedral, sung by the ladies of the Yorkshire Decibelles, directed by Ruth Sladden.
On Sunday 15 May, the Pentecost anthem The fellowship of the Holy Spirit was sung during Holy Communion at St Mark’s Church, Herston, Dorset.
On Wednesday 23 March 2016, the Diocesan Choir and Choral Scholars of St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham gave the first performance of the anthem commissioned to accompany the Procession of Oils during the Chrism Mass in the Cathedral – The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. The service was presided over by the Bishop of Nottingham.
On Saturday 12 December 2015, the Heritage Singers, directed by Tim Knight, included the SATB version of Hymn to the Virgin in the Spirit of Christmas concert in the Cathedral Church of St Anne, Leeds. The Singers repeated it on Sunday 13 December in their concert of open-air carols at Kirkstall Abbey.
On Saturday 5 December 2015, the Purbeck Arts Choir concert at St Mary’s, Swanage, included the premiere of the cantata commissioned from David, Rosa Mystica, for chorus, children’s chorus, soprano and trumpet soloists, oboe, cor anglais, bassoon, piano and strings. The performance was conducted by Jay Buckle.
On Sunday 15 November 2015, the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in G was sung at Choral Evensong in St Paul’s Cathedral, London, Ontario, Canada. On the same evening, the Nunc Dimittis featured at Choral Evensong in St Mary’s, Swanage.
On Sunday 8 November 2015, the North American premiere was given of the SATB motet, God be in my head, during the 10am service of Holy Eucharist in St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin (Organist/Music Director: Dr Dale Kastberg)
On Wednesday 14 October 2015, a Norwegian community choir, Tordenskjold Songlag, performed God be in my head (an SATB motet which was originally issued as one of David’s free downloads) in a concert at Øye Church, Surnadal.
On Sunday 20 September 2015, the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in G was sung at Choral Evensong in the Episcopal Church of St Francis, San Francisco, USA – its North American premiere – after which the choir posed for this commemorative photo of the event.
On Saturday 11 July 2015, David’s partsong, A garden inclosed is my spouse, shortlisted in the Cantus Ensemble Composition Competition, was performed by the Ensemble in a concert at St Gabriel’s Church, Warwick Square, Pimlico, London. An illustrious panel of judges – Ronald Corp, Alexander Campkin, William Mival and James Davy – were present to hear all four finalists, and chose David’s piece as the overall winner.
The Palm Sunday (29 March 2015) Family Communion service at St Mark’s, Herston (Bell Street, Swanage) included the first performance of David’s introit for adult and junior choirs, piano, flute, guitar and percussion – Hosannah to the Son of David.
On Saturday 28 March 2015, the Purbeck Arts Choir performed three of David’s anthems for SATB divisi choir and organ: Ponder my words, O Lord, My beloved spake, and Rise heart, thy Lord is risen. Conducted by Jay Buckle with Simon Lole on the organ, in St Mary’s Church, Swanage.
On 4 December 2014, the Birmingham Conservatoire Camerata, directed by post-graduate student conductor Nicola Starkie, gave the premiere of David’s carol, I sing of a maiden, at the Birmingham City University carol service in St Philip’s Cathedral. David was present for the performance, and the University reported on the occasion here.