Francis Grier
Francis Grier

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Sword in the Soul

Seven short films from King's College Chapel, Cambridge featuring the Philharmonia Voices (director Aidan Oliver) singing music for Holy Week by Francis.

The films are shown on the King's College website

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Missa Aedes Christi

A 10 minute film about the first liturgical performance of Missa Aedes Christi (with dance) at

Francis Grier used to be organist of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and gave the first ever Prom concert given over to a solo performer in 1985. He is now a psychoanalyst and composer. In 2006 his Passion, commissioned by the BBC and VocalEssence in Minneapolis was reviewed as "a work of vital attack, shivering beauty and compelling power...", and as "a modern masterpiece." He was awarded a British Composer Award in 2011. He has recorded with Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis, and has performed with Colin Carr, Louise Williams and Andrew Marriner – as well as with his daughters. In 2018 the Choir of King’s College Cambridge digitally released Lit by Holy Fire; and a CD was released of his organ music performed by Tom Winpenny in St Albans Cathedral. The Rodolfus Choir released a CD of music by Francis and John Tavener in 2021. Stephen Farr premiered a major new large-scale organ work based on the theme of All Saints in several major cathedrals and churches in 2022, and he will be recording this in 2023, alongside other works for organ.

Michael Waldron and the London Choral Sinfonia have recorded Sword in the Soul for CD and will be performing it on Good Friday at St John's, Smith Square.

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