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Sussex Carol (cat#10312)
English Traditional arr. Michael Brand - Very Easy (USA Grade: 2)
Peace on Earth (cat#10313)
Arbeau's Orcesographie 1588 arr. Michael Brand - Easy (USA Grade: 3)
Personent Hodie (On this day the Earth shall ring) (cat#10314)
Finnish. Realised by Holst arr. Michael Brand - Very Easy (USA Grade: 2)
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Stephen Gibson was born in London, England in 1957. He received his formal musical education at Birmingham University, gaining a B.Mus. Honours degree. He studied composition with John Casken, John Joubert and Bill Hopkins.
He joined the Banff Centre Music Theatre Studio Ensemble at The Banff Centre in Canada as a resident composer in 1982, having been awarded bursaries by the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust, the Hinrichsen Foundation and The Banff Centre. Whilst there he was commissioned to write a two act opera, `Ghost Town', with the playwright Jeremy James Taylor, and has continued by writing a wide variety of music-theatre works. These include `Subclass Four Million', set in a South American prison cell and scored for four singer/actors and three "prisoner" instrumentalists, and `Gloryland' for a single oboe soloist who marches towards an imaginary battle in the face of certain death. Other concert works include a `Symphony' for large orchestra, a piano concerto and two orchestral song cycles.
The Society for the Promotion of New Music has taken a keen interest in his music, and has twice sponsored performances at the Huddersfield Festival. Other performances have been heard in Holland, Belgium, Spain and America, and three works have been accepted for broadcast on BBC Radio 3.