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Becky McGlade

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b.1974

'Becky's choral music is superb; she has set well-known and beloved texts and given them a new and distinctive voice. The results are, without doubt, rewarding for those singing, and for those listening too.'

Neil Ferris, Chorus Director of the BBC Symphony Chorus / Artistic Director of Sonoro

'Combining beautiful melodic writing with a warm harmonic style and sensitive treatment of words, Becky's choral pieces have proved very popular with singers and audiences alike.'

Robert Sharpe, Director of Music, York Minster

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Composer Biography

Cornish composer Becky McGlade (b. 1974) studied music at Royal Holloway, University of London, and now leads a busy musical life as a composer, cellist, and teacher.

McGlade's unique compositional style, described as 'beautiful' by Gramophone magazine, is engaging and dynamic, with fluid vocal lines and unexpected harmonic twists within an immediately accessible sound-world. The majority of her compositions are choral pieces, many of which draw inspiration from her Christian faith. Her works include psalm settings, carols, and settings of other biblical and secular texts, as well as solo songs. Recent commissions include a carol for York Minster's Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, and a secular work for the Eden Project, Cornwall.

McGlade's music has been performed throughout the UK, including by the Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, the London Oriana Choir, the Choir of Ely Cathedral, and the BBC Symphony Chorus, and is recorded by Sonoro and the Choir of Truro Cathedral. In 2021 she signed a long-term agreement with Oxford University Press.

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