Choir & Organ Review

Despite getting the name slightly garbled (the piece is called The Promises of Isaiah the Prophet not “The Settings…”) reviewer Brian Morton, writing for British publication Choir & Organ, refers to my piece as “a bit of a revelation” and correctly notes that the Thomas Tallis work which precedes it on this new recording was the creative impetus for the work. The Renaissance Men (for whom I served as Composer-in-Residence for several years) did a […]

RenMen Recording Receives 4.5 Stars

    The Promises of Isaiah the Prophet for TTBB a cappella chorus by American composer Daniel E. Gawthrop is prominently featured on a new CD from the Renaissance Men called “RenMen Laments.” Gawthrop served for several years as Composer-in-Residence to this professional men’s vocal ensemble, based in Boston, Massachusetts. RenMen Laments, their first commercially produced studio recording was released in February on the Navona Records label and among the earliest reviews was one from […]

New For Christmas 2019

New Choral Titles for Christmas (new organ music listed below) Hope of Israel (soloists, chorus & orchestra) This 48-minute cantata for Advent or Christmas features soprano and baritone soloists, SATB chorus and a small orchestra.  Check it out What Wondrous Light  (SATB chorus a cappella; excerpt from Hope of Israel) “What wondrous light does now descend? What wondrous song now sings my heart?” Check it out Before the Paling of the Stars (SATB chorus & […]

Hope of Israel

    New Advent/Christmas Cantata Now Available A high point for me in a lifetime of making music! –John Yarrington   The recently premiered Advent/Christmas cantata Hope of Israel by Daniel E. Gawthrop is now available. Scored for soprano and baritone soloists, mixed choir and orchestra, the work is approximately 48 minutes in duration and is comprised of ten movements.  Gawthrop’s new work was given its official world premiere performances in two Sunday morning worship […]

“This Joyous Day” to Premiere at All Saints’ Atlanta

Frank Thomas, Jr., a parishoner at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in downtown Atlanta, generously funded the commissioning of a festive Easter anthem for the church this year. Daniel E. Gawthrop’s This Joyous Day for chorus, organ, brass and percussion will receive its world premiere performance at All Saints’ on Easter Sunday morning. This storied congregation has been the musical home of Ray and Beth Chenault, directors of music and organists for forty years and the […]

“The Longest Night” Premieres at Syracuse University

  The annual Holidays at Hendricks concert, presented at Syracuse University’s Hendricks Chapel by a collaborative group of performing ensembles, is a sold-out affair every year. This past December’s presentation followed the tradition of including new music by commissioning well known composer Daniel E. Gawthrop to write an anthem which was performed by the combined forces of the Hendricks Chapel Choir, the Syracuse University Singers, the Windjammer Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble and […]

Choral Publications Receive New Look

Alert observers will have noticed that the covers of Dunstan House choral titles have acquired a new look. This is not simply a matter of sprucing up the packaging—the interior pages are also being improved in significant ways. We have engaged the professional services of award-winning music editor David Murray to go through  the entire catalog and apply his advanced skills to the task of bringing Dunstan House publications into compliance with the highest standards […]

“There Is Song” Commissioned by Schola Cantorum

Schola Cantorum of Waynesboro, Virginia is a community chorus of about 55 singers located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. With an upcoming twentieth anniversary to celebrate, the group asked their conductor, Dr. Jesse Hopkins, to suggest a composer to write a commissioned work for them. Hopkins turned immediately to a writer from whom he had successfully commissioned several times in the past, and the result was There Is Song for SATB chorus, trumpet and organ […]