Ronald Corp OBE (b.1951) is our next featured composer of the Gloucester 2023 programme.
Founder and artistic director of the New London Orchestra (NLO) and the New London Children's Choir, Corp is musical director of the London Chorus, a position he took up in 1994, and is also musical director of the Highgate Choral Society. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to music.
Also ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1998 and a priest in 1999. From 1998 to 2002, he served as a non-stipendiary minister (NSM) of St Mary's Church, Kilburn, London. From 2002 to 2007, he served as a NSM at St Mary's Church, Hendon. Since 2007, he has served as a NSM at the Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn.
The list of his compositions is extensive and dominated by works for voice, whether solo, for small vocal groupings, church choirs or massive choral societies.
This year, at the Gloucester 2023 festival, Corp premieres his new song cycle 'Hail and Farewell' in memory of Carolyn Pascall, a much-missed friend of the festival.
For more of Corp's music, see this recording of his Christmas Mass here
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