Composer Denis Mason - Information sought
  • mjballoumjballou
    Posts: 993
    I'm looking for information on this composer, aka D. G. Mason. He has numerous pieces on Choral Wiki, but no biographical info in Wiki or elsewhere that I can find. I believe he's English. We're looking at his SSA Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis.

    Thanks in advance.
  • eft94530eft94530
    Posts: 1,577
    No luck for me either.

    According to CPDL
    he has email and webpage.

    Maybe it is time for a personal email to him
    to explain your programming,
    to request for a brief CPDL bio,
    and to invite him to join the CMAA Forum? :-)
  • mjballoumjballou
    Posts: 993
    eft - I shall take your advice - tomorrow.
  • More interested people overhere! Any luck?
  • mjballoumjballou
    Posts: 993
    I sent an email off to his listed address. If and when I hear from the composer, I will share details.
  • I'm guessing you haven't heard anything yet?
  • mjballoumjballou
    Posts: 993
    I was remiss in not following up on this - I did hear from the composer and this was his autobiography:

    "Denis Mason, by profession a Chartered Surveyor, is an amateur musician
    who was choirmaster & organist at a parish church in Birmingham (UK) for a
    number of years before business commitments necessitated a change of
    direction. For 34 years he sang counter-tenor in, and was a deputy
    conductor of, the Worcester Cathedral Voluntary Choir who still sing a
    number of his compositions/arrangements from time to time. Now retired
    from active participation, he devotes his time to composing and arranging
    choral music with an emphasis on the needs of the smaller choir."

    An added bonus was a link he recommended Music for Small Choirs. Some interesting resources for those whose choirs might be short on men and also information about a Small Choir Festival.

    My women are enjoying Mr. Mason's Magnificat and we'll use it at our English-Latin Vespers on November 20th.
    On my darkest days, I take comfort in the thought that there are so many people out there still loving sacred music.
  • ArcAnne
    Posts: 2
    I've performed one of Denis Mason's compositions in concert with my vocal ensemble and have been trying to get in touch with the composer. The e-mail address on his website no longer seems to be valid. Could someone help ?