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Alan Bullard Biography

Alan Bullard

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Born: 1947. Living in: England

Alan Bullard's music is widely performed in Great Britain and many other countries, broadcast on television and radio, and appears on a number of CDs. The variety of commissions that he has undertaken - including music for a number of professional soloists and ensembles, many amateur choral societies and children's choirs, a semi-professional chamber orchestra, wind band and recorder festivals, a professional chamber choir, a festival for massed school choirs and instrumentalists, the anniversary celebrations of a church and a school, music for examination syllabuses and educational albums, and for a television programme about the Suffolk landscape - are some indication of the wide appeal of the music of this versatile composer to many different types of musicians and audiences.

Alan Bullard was born in London in 1947 and studied with Herbert Howells at the RCM and Arnold Whittall at Nottingham University. For over 30 years he has lived in or near Colchester, Essex and for many years he was Head of Composition at Colchester Institute. He is now working as a full-time composer and he is also an examiner for the Associated Board. In 2008 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Essex, and in 2010 two of his publications, Joining the Dots (ABRSM) and The Oxford Book of Flexible Carols received awards from the Music Industires Association.

As a composer he is prolific and wide-ranging, having written in most genres for both amateurs and professionals. Choral commissions include Canticle of Freedom (Colchester Choral Society, 2000), , A Bunyan Garland (Dame Alice Harpur School Choirs, Bedford, 2001), A year in a Day (Reading Phoenix Choir, 2001), A Summer Garland (Waltham Singers, 2002), Mr Lear (Sawtry Chorale, South Chiltern Choral Society, and the Kemsing Singers, 2002), A New Vision (United Reformed Church Eastern Synod and Musicians' Guild, 2003), Welcome May (Maia Singers, 2006), Byron at Newstead (Newstead Abbey Singers, 2007), Pictures of Night (Essex Young Singers, 2008). Travelling Tales (Hillingdon Choral Society, 2010) and many carols and anthems for Oxford University Press. Bullard's choral music is regularly performed all over the world by choirs large and small, and recorded on a number of CDs. Recently his carols have been performed by the BBC Singers, The Choir of Kings College Cambridge, and The Sixteen.

Choral publications include Angel Alleluias (OUP) Mary's Lullaby (OUP), Hillside Carol (OUP), Glory to the Christ-Child (OUP) Scots Nativity (OUP) Rest in the Lord of Life (OUP) and Cantate Gloria (OUP) - also four anthems in the New Oxford Easy Anthem Book (OUP), three carols in Christmas Voices (Novello), two in For him all stars (OUP), and three in Carols for Choirs 5 (OUP). OUP have also published The Oxford Book of Flexible Anthems and The Oxford Book of Flexible Carols both edited by Alan Bullard and containing a number of his works, and, most recently, Alan Bullard Carols and Alan Bullard Anthems, each containing ten of Alan's pieces including some brand-new ones. Alan's Passiontide cantata, Wondrous Cross, was published by OUP in 2012.