Alan Bullard was born in London, and studied with Herbert Howells at the Royal College of Music, and at Nottingham University. He enjoyed a successful career in music education, most recently as Head of Composition at Colchester Institute, and is currently an examiner for ABRSM. He now devotes most of his time to composing, editing, and arranging. His music unfailingly appeals to both performers and audiences; he has written for all kinds of choirs, with instrumental works for a variety of ensembles and orchestras. Alan is also a respected writer of music for examination syllabuses and educational albums. His major publications include the inspirational Oxford Book of Flexible Anthems and Oxford Book of Flexible Carols, Alan Bullard Carols, and Alan Bullard Anthems, and the three cantatas Wondrous Cross, O Come Emmanuel, and A Light in the Stable. He and his wife Janet also write the Pianoworks series for the older beginner.
Its lively infectious rhythm will set feet going in any carol service, and it will probably be running through your brain until about Holy Week! True, there is the odd plunge into a foreign key, but the new tonic chord is always related to the chord before, so a little careful rehearsal will quickly iron out any initial problems - and the piece really is worth it! The Organ Nov 2000 'worth looking at' Ensemble Sept 2000 (MMA) In his Angel Alleluias Alan Bullard captures the rhythmic vitality and the harmonic idiosyncrasies of much contemporary African song. This is not a difficult piece, and it will be very effective in performance. CMQ October 2000