One of the more surreal things about living in Oxford was the incredible level of choral singing going on there--the choirs at the three choral colleges, New College, Magdalen College, and Christ Church, are among the very best in the world. I had the good fortune of being able to write an adventurous piece for Edward Higginbottom and the New College Choir, which they gamely sang at an evensong on 6/16/12. Afterwards, Professor Higginbottom recommended the university interview me for a video series called "Oxford in Voice," and in their psychology of music episode, they use audio from the piece I wrote for the New College Choir--if you listen closely at 3:30 mark, you'll hear it.
One year later, after my second year at Oxford, I was commissioned by the Rhodes Trust to write an anthem for their 110th anniversary service. The piece, entitled How to Praise, launched my collaboration with the fantastic poet Christian Campbell--an artistic relationship that has now also yielded another work for the voice, Donny Hathaway.