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Frederick Stocken

composer and organist

Come to your Heaven you Heavenly Choirs, c. 5 mins. A choral commission from the Worshipful Company of Musicians for Christmas, 2010. First performed at St Michael’s, Cornhill. Recorded on:  Here is Joy! (Priory, 2012; PRCD 1091) by the choir of St Michael’s, Cornhill, directed by Jonathan Rennert, with Gregory Drott, organ.

Archangels for Organ, c.11 mins.  Premiered by the composer at St Mary’s, Woodford, in 2011 and published by Banks Music Publications in 2013.

There are three videos of Frederick playing the piece on Youtube: St Gabriel, St Raphael and St Michael. Several organists, other than Frederick, have played it in recital, including Philip Berg, Organist of the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy and Gordon Stewart.

“Stocken has an individual voice, owing more to the mainstream American tradition of Barber and Copland (with a nod to the New York School) than to the European organist-composers. He writes with clarity, ecomony and a good grasp of idiom. His music is refreshingly free from grandiose complexity.” Thomas Leech, The Organists’ Review.

Faith, Love, Hope, for Organ, c. 9 mins. Premiered by the composer at St Lawrence Jewry in London in February 2014. Published by Banks Music Publications in 2014. To buy, click here.

Faith, Hope and Love are the so-called ‘theological virtues.’ The changing of the traditional order to Faith, Love, Hope was because it made a more satisfying musical shape in my imagination, with Love as the reflective centre of the three movements.

There are three videos of the composer playing each of the movements on the organ of St Mary’s, Woodford:

Faith: Youtube

Love: Youtube

Hope: Youtube

Prayer of St Richard of Chichester, for choir, c. 2.5 minutes. Commissioned by the Chapter of Chichester Cathedral and for the Installation of Stephen Waine as Dean of Chichester on 14 February 2015. Published by Banks Music Publications.

Gothic Fantasia, for organ, c. 4 minutes. First performed by the composer as part of an organ recital at St George’s, Hanover Square on 13 September 2016.

Chorale Prelude on Gieb Fried o frommer treuer Gott, for organ, c.2 minutes. Commissioned by Rebecca Hirst and Patrick Hartley. First performed by William Whitehead at  the Bloomsbury Organ Day , 28 January 2017.

God is our Refuge, for organ, c. 2 minutes. First performed by the composer at the end of Sunday Worship on 22 January 2017, BBC Radio 4.

Mysterium fidei, for organ, c.10 minutes. First performed by the composer at a recital in Rikkyo University, Tokyo, on 25 May 2019.

Gaudete in Domino, for handbell choir, c. 3 minutes. Commissioned for the handbell choir of Rikkyo University, Tokyo. First performed, summer 2019.

The Chichester Service, a setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, commissioned by the Southern Cathedrals Festival 2019. First performed on 21 July 2019 at Chichester Cathedral by the combined boys and lay clerks of Chichester, Salisbury and Winchester Cathedrals and recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3.