Huw Morgan

Huw Morgan

On this page you will find new works created exclusively for Firehead Editions by Welsh composer Huw Morgan. This collection of works will continually expand and will typically include works for organ solo, choral ensembles, handbell choirs, and selected chamber works.

Huw was born in 1975 in Newport, South Wales: he studied music at the University of Oxford, where he was organ scholar at St Edmund Hall, and choral conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, winning the Doreen Olwen Leyshon prize.

He is currently director of the Ripieno Choir; previously he held posts of musical director of the Hanover Choir and the Merbecke Choir of Southwark Cathedral, and was organist of St Laurence Church, Catford for ten years. Huw also taught on the Royal School of Church Music’s higher education programme and has been general manager of His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts.

Huw’s compositions have featured at the South Bank Centre, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Canterbury Festival, the Bergen International Organ Festival, at Canterbury Cathedral and on Radio 3 and numerous CDs. Recent commissions include composing and arranging music for Ipswich Remembers, a major show featuring Ipswich Choral Society and Dance East telling the story of Ipswich’s involvement in World War 1; and Fault, a work for two organs and electronics exploring the ecological impact of the US/Mexico border wall and composed for the organ department of Arizona State University.

In 2013, with the organists Michael Bonaventure and Lauren Redhead, he founded Automatronic, a collective that seeks to promote, create, and perform new music for organ+electronics. Huw recently spent time in Hamilton, New Zealand where he was guest director of the choir of St Peter’s School, Cambridge and sang in the cathedral choir; he now teaches at Monmouth School.

In 2013 he recorded his debut solo CD Breaking Light, described as “sparkling” and “wonderfully atmospheric” in Church Music Quarterly (June 2014). This year, David Pipe has undertaken a recording surveying Huw’s organ music for the Meridian Records label – this was recorded at Bridlington Priory and is available through this website (see “CD Recording” below).

Away from music, Huw is a keen photographer, rugby and cricket fan, and enjoys walking in the ancient landscapes of Britain. He lives in South Wales and Bristol with his wife Emma and daughter Arwen.

Click on a title to see sample pages. If you have any questions about the music, please contact the composer directly.


CD RECORDING

Invocations
Organ works from the Firehead catalogue
performed by David Pipe at Bridlington Priory, North Yorkshire

CHORAL WORKS

A Prayer for St David
(Text by ++Rowan Williams)
SATB (divisi), unaccompanied [M]

A Prayer for St Nicholas
(Text adapted from 11th Century Latin)
SATB (divisi), unaccompanied [M/D]

Alma Redemptoris Mater
(Latin text, Marian Antiphon for Advent & Christmas)
SATB (divisi), unaccompanied [M/D]

Ave Regina Caelorum
(Latin Text, Marian Antiphon for Lent)
SATB (double), unaccompanied [M/D]

Ave Verum Corpus
(Latin text, motet for Communion or General use)
SAB or ATB, optional organ [E]

Crux Fidelis
(English text translated from Latin by JM Neale)
SAB, optional organ [E]

Dormi Jesu 
(Carol for Christmas, Latin text, 15th Century Flemish)
Unison voices, organ [E]

Heav’n’s Youngest Star
(Carol for Christmas and Epiphany, English text by John Milton)
SATB, unaccompanied [M]

Make We Joy Now In This Fest
(Christmas Carol, text adapted  from 15th Century English)
SATB, unaccompanied [M]

Missa Brevis 
(Latin text – ordinary time, feasts, dedication, ordination, Peter-tide)
SATB, unaccompanied [M]

Matins Responsory (score in preparation)
(English text from the Sarum Rite, for Advent)
Plainsong for Unison Choir, and cantors [E]

My Heart Stole Back
(Text by Oscar Wilde: penitential, communion, Christmas)
SATB, unaccompanied [M/D]

Nunc Dimittis
(English text, for Evensong, Compline, Candlemass)
SATB, unaccompanied [M]

O Merciful Creator
(plainsong hymn for lent, English trs. John Mason Neale)
Unison Choir, organ [E]

O Quam Gloriosum
(Motet for All Saints’ Day)
STB or SAT, unaccompanied [E/M]

Owt Of Your Slepe Aryse
(Carol for Advent or Christmas, English text from 15th Century Seldon MS)
Two part with sustaining instrument or voices [E]

Regina Caeli (Second Setting)
(Latin text, Marian Antiphon for Eastertide)
SATB, unaccompanied [M/D]

Salve Regina 
(Latin Text, Marian Antiphon for ordinary time)
SATB (divisi), unaccompanied [M/D]

Shone To Him
(English text from 6th Century Gaelic, Advent or General)
Unison Choir (or soloist), organ [E]

That Yönge Childe
(Carol, English text, anonymous 14th century)
SATB, unaccompanied [E/M]

The Earth Shall Open
(Anthem for Advent)
High and low voices with organ [E]

The Litany 
(BCP Litany, for penitential services)
Cantor and SATB, unaccompanied [E]

The Record of John
(English text, Anthem for Advent)
SATB, organ [E/M]

There is a Flow’r
(Carol, text by John Audelay, died c. 1426)
SSAA, unaccompanied [M]

There is no Rose
(Carol, text 15th Century English)
SATB (divisi), unaccompanied [M/D]

The Quality of Pity
(text by John Gower, 1330-1408)
SATB, organ [M/D]

The Word of the Cross
(English text by Helen Waddell: Lent, Passiontide)
SATB (divisi), unaccompanied [M]

To Daffodils
(text by Robert Herrick, 1591-1674)
SATB, piano [E]

HANDBELL MUSIC

The Solitary City
Meditative work based on the book of Lamentations
For five ringers (10 bells), duration 6’30”

ORGAN WORKS

Aria
Cofion Cynnes Am Davies

Dialogues
Ffanffare
Haven
Hymn Prelude on “Gelob’t sei Gott”
Hymn Prelude on “Herzliebster Jesu”
Hymn Prelude on “Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier”
Hymn Prelude on “Little Cornard”
Hymn Prelude on “Quem Pastores” 
Hymn Prelude on “Song 9”
Hymn Prelude on “Southwell”
Hymn Prelude on “Veni Creator”
Hymn Prelude on “Was Lebet”
Invocation and Dance
Living Stones
Lullaby
Partita Borealis
Prelude (2018)
Prelude (2019)
Versets on “Conditor Alme Siderum”