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Alan Bullard

b. 1947

'If you are not familiar with the choral music of Alan Bullard, this is a wonderful introduction. He writes music that is delightful to learn and a pleasure for the listener.'

The American Organist

'His compositional style might be called "approachable" in the best sense, i.e. without compromise in its musical idiom. He is always concerned that his compositions should be eminently practical in performance, approachable in idiom and, most importantly, enjoyable for the performers.'

Cathedral Music

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Composer News

Bullard's anthem Make a joyful noise unto the Lord received its first performance at a dedication service for Market Deeping Church, Lincolnshire, in October 2019. The Scunthorpe Co-operative Junior Choir gave the first UK performance of Song to the Moon and This is the Key in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, in November 2019. Future commissions include a work for The Fairhaven Singers, Cambridge.

Composer Biography

Alan Bullard was born in London, and studied with Herbert Howells at the Royal College of Music, and at Nottingham University. He enjoyed a successful career in music education; for many years he was Head of Composition at Colchester Institute, and is currently an examiner for ABRSM. He now devotes most of his time to composing, editing, and arranging. His music unfailingly appeals to both performers and audiences; he has written for all kinds of choirs, and instrumental works for a variety of ensembles and orchestras. Alan is a respected writer of music for examination syllabuses and educational albums. His major publications include the four inspirational Oxford Flexible Choral Anthologies, Alan Bullard Anthems, and the five cantatas Wondrous Cross, O Come Emmanuel, A Light in the Stable, Psalmi Penitentiales, and Images of Peace. He and his wife Janet also write the Pianoworks series for the older beginner.


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