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Ronald Corp (b.1951)
Widely admired as a leading choral conductor, Ronald Corp OBE is also a composer for whom the translation of words into the mysterious poetry of sung texts has been a lifelong inspiration.
It is no surprise therefore that although important orchestral and chamber scores feature in his varied list of works, his output is dominated by music for voices. His chosen texts may be Biblical, liturgical or secular, and his response to them covers a range of moods: quietly uplifting in the Three Medieval Carols, light-hearted and joyful in A Christmas Mass, exalted and devotional in the Missa San Marco. But in all that he undertakes, whether writing for young people or adults, amateurs or professionals, his intentions are never less than serious in a way that is characteristic of a significant artist. And this is no less true of his smaller-scale works than of those where the grand canvas offers scope for imagining music of profundity and stress, as in his recent Symphony, or in the cantata for baritone soloist, optional children’s choir, SATB chorus and orchestra, And all the Trumpets Sounded.