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Composer Profile:


Michael Barlow studied music at the Universities of Hull and London, and then followed a career devoted to running school music departments, particularly at Trent College, near Nottingham, and at Hazelwood Prep School in Limpsfield, Surrey.

He is active as an organist, accompanist, singer and conductor, and in September 2000 embarked on a freelance career, teaching piano, organ, singing and theory. He is also Director of Music at Kemsing Parish Church (Kent), conductor of the Hurst Green Singers (Surrey) and conductor of the Shoreham Singers (Kent).

Two other major interests are research and composition. His researches into the byways of 20th century English music have borne fruit in articles for various journals, and his pièce de résistance has been a book on the life and music of George Butterworth, Whom the Gods love, published by Toccata Press in 1997. He has also published substantial articles on Herbert Murrill and Stanley Bate, and was responsible for the entry on Bate in New Grove 2.

Michael's compositions include works in several genres: vocal, choral, chamber, orchestral, organ, musicals for schools, incidental music, and so on. Recent works include Triptych for brass quintet, Ave maris stella for trumpet and organ, piano duets for children, Te lucis ante terminum for unaccompanied choir, Two Seascapes for baritone and piano, and Cantilena for flute and piano. Future projects include songs for treble and piano, and a work for string quartet.

Modus Publications:    A Widow Bird for tenor and piano
                                        Pastorale for flute and piano
                                        North of the Border for piano duet

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