F. L. Dunkin Wedd

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Life

Born: 21 March 1955

Biography

F. L. Dunkin Wedd was born at Chiddingstone Castle, Kent in 1955. He studied piano and cello at school, and sang in the choir; as a teenager he played guitar and wrote material for folk and jazz groups; in adulthood he plays viola.

Composition came naturally; even before he could read music he was writing it - with his elder sister as reluctant amanuensis! But he did not settle down to serious composition until the 1980s, when he studied with Peter Aviss and Barry Seaman.

His piece Dimitri’s Train won first prize in its category in the London Chamber Group Piece of the Year competition of 2003, winning best piece for string quartet and wind solo.

His works include symphonic and choral music; songs; chamber music for piano, wind, brass and strings, and music for a film.

F. L. Dunkin Wedd is a member of the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters.

See also: F. L. Dunkin Wedd's editor page.

List of choral works

  • Mass (1998) - Latin Mass for unaccompanied choir SATB, 18’
First performance: 4 February 2001, Sporgersi Singers & Robin Morrish, Tonbridge, Kent.
  • Devotions (1998) - BCP texts SATB, soprano solo, & organ or piano, 10’
First performance: 15 October 2005, The Occasional Choir & Adrian Pitts, Yalding, Kent.
  • And was there a lamb? (2003) - Christmas carol, SATB, 3’
First performance: 5 Dec 2008, The Baroque Singers, Mark Mortimer, Tudeley, Kent.
  • Vir Dolorum (2004) - setting of Isaiah ch53 and original text, SATB, 5’
  • At a Lunar Eclipse (2004) - setting of Hardy poem, SATB, 2’
First performance: 2004, The Occasional Choir, Peter Westley, Tonbridge, Kent.
  • Miserere Nobis (2005) - For upper voices, in six parts, SSSAAA, 6’
  • Abraham & Isaac (2005) - Setting of Wilfred Owen, SATB & piano, 6’
  • Quia Ventum (2005) - Setting of Hosea 8:7, SATB & organ 3½’
  • Love Conquers All (2006) - a choral piece in popular style, SATB & organ 3’
First performance: 2006, St Luke’s Choir, Nancy Wolfe, Sevenoaks, Kent.
  • RUAH - Meditations on the Breath of God (2006) - sacred texts, SATB & organ 8’
  • Love, 1916 (2006) - Setting of May W Cannan. SSA & harp, soprano solo, 4’
First performance: 31 March 2007, The Thursday Choir, Sue Wight, Danielle Perrett, Fiona Wight, Tudeley, Kent.
First performance: 13 Oct 2007, Occasional Choir, Adrian Pitts, Sevenoaks, Kent.
  • Psalm 139 (2007) - Setting from Tanakh, Koran and King James Bible. SATB, with soprano and baritone solos, 4’
First performance: 29 Sep 2007, Tudeley Choir, Sandra Graham, Philip French, Tudeley, Kent.
  • Introit (Psalm 23) (2008) - Introit using text from Psalm 23. SATB 2’
First performance: 22 Jun 2008, St Luke’s Choir, St Luke’s Church, Sevenoaks.
  • Big Hit Single (2009) - About a choir who want crossover success. SATB & piano 3’
First performance: 23 May 2009, Brighton City Singers/South London Choir, MJ Paranzino, Hove Town Hall.
  • Ave Maris Stella (2009) - SATB 6’
First performance: 19 September 2009, Choir of St Martin in the Fields, dir Andrew Earis, Tudeley, Kent.
  • Introit: Psalm 65 (2009) - SATB 3’
First performance: 11 October 2009, Choir of St Luke’s Sevenoaks, dir Nancy Wolfe, Sevenoaks, Kent.


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Publications

External links

Official website of F L Dunkin Wedd