Antony le Fleming
The mainstay of Antony le Fleming’s output is choral music, but he has also published a variety of instrumental works. His Serenade for Strings (1994) was shortlisted in an international competition; in 1996 he came 3rd and a year later, 1st in the English Poetry & Song Society Competition. Over the past ten years he has responded to a steady flow of commissions and his music has been broadcast on BBC Radio. He also produced works for younger musicians, and has been a copious arranger in many musical styles, from Jazz Fiddle to transcriptions for the Academy of St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields.
1997 saw the release of a CD devoted to his choral and instrumental music, Some Shadows of Eternity (Meridian CDE 84360) featuring the Oxford Pro Musica Singers and the St Cecilia Players.
His recent output includes settings of contemporary female poets Like some Distant Lighthouse for soprano, horn and piano and Belloc’s Cautionary Tales – Matilda for singers, piano and percussion (Goodmusic). The millennium commission Cry Out on Time, has been launched to acclaim by the Chiltern Choir and recorded on CD by the New Cambridge Singers, while the revised version of the Three Christmas Motets has been premiered at Dartington. Further commissions have included the Endellion Festival cantata, St Endellienta, (2004) and Everyone Sang, which marked the 20th anniversary of the East of England Singers (2005). The same year, the Centre for Young Musicians Chamber Orchestra won the orchestral section award at the NFMY with Partita No.4.
In recent months, ‘Nocturne’ and ‘Nunc Dimittis’ have been performed, to great acclaim, in the USA , and Antony has completed an unaccompanied Missa Brevis for Nottingham Cathedral and a version of ‘Rejoice in the Lord’ for Preston Candover Parish Church.
In 2012, Antony set Rowan Williams’ “Advent Calendar” which was premiered by Birmingham Cathedral Choir. Another new work from last year is “Paean” for organ, published by Encore Publications.
Antony le Fleming is unashamedly an English Romantic whose striking expressive impact derives from a combination of sensitivity to subject matter, versatility of technique and harmonic piquancy.
What the Critics Say
” A master of melodic invention ”
” Antony le Fleming composes for choral forces with assurance and subtlety. …assured handling of the vocal balances … eloquence of the string writing. ”
BBC Music Magazine
” … just the sort of well-written contemporary work which choirs like the Chiltern should get their teeth into. ”
The Bucks Examiner
” ..music (and word setting) of a very high quality … deserves to become widely known and performed. ”
” [Cantate Domino] deserves to be widely performed by choral societies large and small. … a significant contemporary choral work, in English, relatively short, with some very rewarding yet not too demanding choral writing. ”
“shifting tonalities and a placid magnetism which makes it just gorgeous.”
Church Music Quarterly
St Mary Le Port, Bristol (1940)
Photo credit John Webb
Some Shadows of Eternity
Meridien CDE 84 360
Includes: Cantate Domino (1995) Listen to an extract
Nunc Dimittis (1984)
Holy Innocents (1995) Listen to an extract
Enquiries to Antony le Fleming
+44 (0)1622 817842
Antony le Fleming is a Member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians