Bernard's Choral Music

Bernard has always believed that the essence of producing electrifying concerts, apart from inspiring the performers, lies in planning programmes that are perfectly fitted to the particular occasion and venue. Where a gap cannot be filled by existing repertoire, Bernard has generally composed or arranged something suitable for the forces available. Jazz, African and contemporary styles have coloured the formal musical language with which he grew up, and his ability to match the mood and uniqueness of occasions with an immediate attractiveness and instant appeal has involved him in writing choral music for specific events, frequently weddings (both church and civil).

Bernard’s choral pieces, unpublished until now  (!), have nonetheless been performed in Wells Cathedral, Bath Abbey, in the City of London and in Italy and the USA. He was hugely honoured to have his entry for the 2017 BBC Radio 3 Breakfast Programme's Carol Competition shortlisted by experts and declared winner by public vote. Both that setting of the medieval text Sir Christëmas and the 2021 carol At Christmas be merry are published by Banks Music Publications.

The sound tracks here are not professional recordings but for the most part live takes of the groups for whom the works were written (over the years, generally family, friends or school ensembles): Bernard feels passionately that his music should be performable by any reasonably competent choir. Most (but by no means all) of his choral music is a cappella (unaccompanied).