Grayston Ives

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Grayston "Bill" Ives (born 1948) is a British composer, singer and choral director.

Until March 2009, Ives was Organist, Informator Choristarum and Fellow and Tutor in Music at Magdalen College, Oxford. In this role he was responsible for the daily musical life of the college chapel. He also directed the choir in recordings on the Harmonia Mundi label, including With a Merrie Noyse made with the viol consort Fretwork and featuring the works of the English composer Orlando Gibbons, for which the choir were nominated for a Grammy award. The choristers of Magdalen College Choir recorded on Sir Paul McCartney's Ecce cor Meum which won the Classical BRIT Award for Album of the Year. His recordings with Magdalen Choir include a selection of his own liturgical works, Listen Sweet Dove, a disc of Durufle's Requiem and a Christmas CD, Carols By Candlelight.

Ives was a chorister at Ely Cathedral and later studied music at Cambridge University where he held a choral scholarship at Selwyn College. After teaching music for a period, he became a member of the King's Singers, from 1978 to 1985.[1] His voice can be heard on a number of recordings from that period, including Paul McCartney's Frog Chorus. Ives composes as Grayston, but prefers to be known as "Bill", a nickname he acquired at school as a result of a role-playing game with his brother.

As a composer, Ives' work consists mainly of sacred and secular music for choir, much of it written for the liturgy at Magdalen College, Oxford. His "Canterbury Te Deum" (1991) for SATB and brass quintet was commissioned for the enthronement of George Carey as Archbishop of Canterbury. He was commissioned to compose the centre-piece anthem, "The Gift of Grace", for the commemoration service, held in Westminster Abbey in March 2007, for the Abolition of Slavery. It was attended by many high-ranking politicians and public figures, including Tony Blair (British Prime Minister, 1997-2007) and Queen Elizabeth II. In 2007 Ives was commissioned to write an anthem to celebrate the 10th birthday of the girls’ choir at Derby Cathedral. The Beatitudes received its first performance at a special Evensong on 15 September 2007.

Ives has been recognised for his contribution to church music with a Fellowship of the Royal School of Church Music (May 2008) and the award of a Lambeth DMus by the Archbishop of Canterbury. He is also an Emeritus Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford.

Choral works[edit]

  • Canticles and Service Music
    • Canterbury Te Deum
    • Missa Brevis (1987, for the choir of New College, Oxford)
    • The Edington Service
    • The Exon Service
    • The Magdalen Service (ATB)
    • The Salisbury Service
    • The Warwick Service
    • Jubilate
    • Preces and Responses (SATB and ATB)
  • Anthems (SATB)
    • A Song of Christ's Glory
    • A Song of Divine Love
    • Lord, is it I?
    • Listen sweet Dove (for Whitsun)
    • Nova, nova
    • Let all the world
    • Nos autem gloriari
    • O Sacrum Convivium
    • Sicut lilium
    • Sweet was the song
    • The Canticle of Brother Sun
    • There is a land of pure delight
    • This is the record of John
    • Ubi caritas
    • The Beatitudes (girls' voices, for the 10th anniversary of Derby Cathedral Girls' Choir)
  • Three Latin Motets (ATB)
    • Ave verum
    • Ego sum panis vivus
    • In pace
  • Arrangements
    • I've got you under my skin
    • Name that tune
    • Rise up, shepherd
  • Three Spirituals
    • Amazing Grace
    • Deep River
    • Were you there?
  • Three folksongs
    • Buy broom besoms
    • The lark in the clear air
    • The tailor and the mouse

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