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Professor Little nominated for international music award

Professor Jonathan Little

A PROFESSOR from the University of Chichester has gained a nomination at an international music award ceremony.

Dr Jonathan David Little’s Kyrie, from his 2017 choral album Woefully Arrayed, has been nominated for Best Classical Music Recording at the 2018 RoundGlass Music Awards. A 17-strong jury panel reviewed and judged more than 3500 entries across 12 categories from 100 countries, before shortlisting six nominees in each category.

Winners are to be announced on 26 January 2018 at the Grand Awards Night in the Edison Ballroom, Times Square, in New York. Professor Little, who teaches both musical composition and music history at the University of Chichester, has recently been working on a series of ambitious polychoral works – for which Kyrie was the prototype. 

As part of a two-year music composition and recording project, partly funded by the Australia Council, he created detailed diagrams to illustrate the best suggested acoustic positioning of all the choral forces involved. Professor Little, a Professor of Music Composition/Music History, said: “In such polychoral works, novel spatial configurations are employed, whereby the overall choral forces can be split into various 'sub-choirs' – and then placed around, above, and even behind the audience.

“In doing so, these works attempt to 'rediscover' ancient, and largely forgotten, but aurally striking techniques originating in the late Renaissance and early Baroque eras, for deployment in modern contexts. They are heard to best effect in large churches, cathedrals, concert halls, or any other similar, highly resonant spaces.”

Professor Little’s Kyrie has already won a Royal Philharmonic Society and BBC Radio 3 Encore Choral award and his album Woefully Arrayed has had outstanding reviews in leading recording magazines worldwide.

US periodical Audiophile Audition wrote: “Little achieves unique and beautiful effects through spacing and arrangement of vocal groups. It seems that Little’s techniques are well grounded in both very careful construction of harmonies and voicing as well as in acoustics and the physics of sound.”

Roundglass awards

Professor Little’s intricate but succinct five-minute Kyrie, written for double choir and soloists, was recorded in London at St Alfege Church, Greenwich, by the Thomas Tallis Society Choir, and conducted by Philip Simms. Simms is founder of the Tallis Society Choir, and he has regularly championed the performance of new choral works by British-based composers.

The RoundGlass Music Awards were established to recognise and celebrate the most enlightened musicians from around the globe who create music for wellness, peace, and environmental consciousness. The stated purpose of its foundation is to bring together an international community of such like-minded musicians.

To find out more about Professor Little and his work at the University of Chichester go to www.chi.ac.uk/staff/professor-jonathan-little. For more on the RoundGlass Music Awards go to http://music.round.glass/#welcome.

Alternatively for more on Professor Little’s new album Woefully Arrayed, including its online open-access CD booklet containing all spatial diagrams, lyrics, notes, pictures, and an historical-contextual essay on Polychorality by leading early choral music scholar, Hugh Keyte, visit  http://www.navonarecords.com/catalog/nv6113/.