VIDEO PODCAST: Slava Ukraini! - recorded on 24 February 2022, the day Europe woke up to the news that Vladimir Putin's Russian forces had invaded Ukraine. A fifty minute video which also features Caitríona O'Leary and Eric Fraad discussing their new film Island of Saints, and pays tribute to Joseph Horovitz, Malcolm Troup and Maria Nockin.
VIDEO PODCAST: John Dante Prevedini leads a discussion about Youth Involvement in Classical Music - this specially extended illustrated feature includes contributions from Christopher Morley, Gerald Fenech, Halida Dinova, Patricia Spencer and Roderic Dunnett.
The American composer and conductor William Ferris was born in Chicago on 26 February 1937 to Irish-American Catholic parents. He studied composition with Alexander Tcherepnin at the DePaul University School of Music, and privately with Leo Sowerby.
With tenor John Vorrasi, he founded the William Ferris Chorale in 1971, and the group has received acclaim for its performances of contemporary music.
Ferris' strong Catholic faith led him to be the first American composer to teach at the Vatican, and in 1989 he received a knighthood from Pope John Paul II for this work.
Ferris died suddenly in Chicago on 16 May 2000, aged 63, whilst conducting his Chorale in a rehearsal for Verdi's Requiem.
CD Spotlight. A Hint of Bitters - Music by William Ferris, heard by Howard Smith. 'Well worth investigating.'
Record Box. Distinctive and Attractive - 'Snowcarols' and other Christmas music by William Ferris, admired by Patric Standford
Record Box. Vibrant Presentation - A worthy memorial to William Ferris, reviewed by Patric Standford