An Innovative Composer

“…He had proved his prowess [in this concert, already,] in the opening Widor. He studied with David Briggs and Naji Hakim (who has also performed at Holy Cross), held noteworthy positions in Chester and Bristol, and recorded on the Priory label; his biography of Pierre Cochereau was published recently, by the University of Rochester Press. And now we heard him as a composer.

Those who might have anticipated something avant-garde…were quickly put at ease. Hammond’s style is rather conservatively “modern Romantic” or as one of the audience later put it—not unkindly—“rather Duruflé, with a touch of Elgar.” Be that as it may, Hammond knows his idiom, and writes tightly in it. Following classic French format, the excellent small choir, at the front of the room, sang his pleasing and concise chant-based choral settings of the familiar texts…In between each, the gallery organ, played by the composer, broke in powerfully with interludes in improvisatory style, illustrating the mood of the texts, and one of the more impressive of these featuring roulades running cleanly up and down the keyboard. Despite the distance between the two participants, they were perfectly in synch all the way through, pulling off a virtuosic performance of this demanding new work, fully deserving of the ovation. This is a work that will be heard again in other places.”

A review of the premiere US performance of the Messe Solennelle in D, for Choir and Two Organs, by Hammond, at The Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston, USA.

Anthony Hammond’s work as a composer for choir and organ is increasing all the time. The majority of his works are for choir, with or without organ, and have included everything from simple anthems to large-scale works such as his Messe Solennelle, composed for Holy Cross Cathedral, Boston and No Alleluias: A Requiem for 2020, commissioned by the 2021 Edinburgh Just Festival. Examples of his work for solo organ include the recent commission by Lancaster Cathedral of a piece in the style of Pierre Cochereau to be used as an outgoing voluntary at two major services.


The following list gives an outline of some of his most recent work:


Anyone interested in commissioning a work or purchasing any of his compositions should contact Anthony here, and he will be delighted to discuss options.