16th March 2019, Elgar Concert Hall, University of Birmingham
Performance of “Sanctus” from Requiem in Blue by University Camerata under Philip Townley
3rd March 2019, Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace
Performance of “Litany to the Holy Spirit” by the choirboys in Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace under Carl Jackson
1st December 2018
Marvellous Light album review from the American Choral Directors Association, including the following quote: “O magnum mysterium, written in 2013, contains pitches found in Alexander Scriabin’s ‘Mystic Chord.’ This unusual set of pitches is arranged to reflect the mystery sounding the miraculous birth of Christ. The writing always contains a forward motion that is not hurried or rushed and allows each chord the space needed to blossom. The clarity of diction and impeccable tuning from the choir make this piece a must for repeated hearings and also a grand find for Christmas programming. It is appropriate for an advanced cathedral/church choir. O magnum mysterium is a wonderful addition to the choral literature for Christmas. If this is a new composition to you, you owe it to yourself and your choirs to research this fine piece — your singers will thank you.” More of the review can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/selwyn.college.choir/photos/pcb.10156675341390279/10156675340115279/?type=3&theater
6th November 2018, Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City
Official premiere performance of “Litany to the Holy Spirit” by the choristers at Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue under Daniel Hyde
14th October 2018, St Mary’s Priory Church, Abergavenny
7th October 2018, Saint John’s Church, Washington, D.C.
Performance of “God be in my head” by St John’s Choir, Washington, D.C.
1st October 2018, Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
3rd September 2018
From Choir & Organ September/October 2018:
“Commissioned to compose a choral piece for the young choristers at Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue, Ponniah chose to set the first three verses of Herrick’s His Litany to the Holy Spirit…’I had sung Peter Hurford’s setting as a boy, and listening to a recording of the piece stirred old and pleasant memories…I want the piece to achieve a feeling of peace, warmth and comfort, as life has the potential to be otherwise.'”
Directors of Music, and other interested parties, can now download and print free scores from here: https://www.rhinegold.co.uk/rhinegold-publishing/magazines/choir-organ/new-music/
The premiere of Litany to the Holy Spirit will take place during 5.30pm Choral Evensong on Tuesday 6 November, in Saint Thomas, Fifth Avenue, New York City under Daniel Hyde. Scores are licensed for six months’ free use – you can print as many copies as you want – before the copyright reverts to me. After that date, copies must be ordered from me directly.
14th July 2018, Neuss Cathedral, Germany
13th May 2018, BBC Radio 3
Broadcast of “In paradisum”
Listen on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hheV9zU9QnM
18th November 2017, St Helen’s Church, Abingdon
From Shadow, Light, is an upcoming choral concert by Vox Coelestis exploring mental illness and the effect on composers and writers who suffered from such issues. The programme includes music by Bruckner, Rachmaninov, Gesualdo, Lassus, Holst and Tchaikovsky and will also feature two pieces by one of Abingdon’s local composers, Ben Ponniah.
17th November 2017
UK release of my new CD, “Marvellous Light, Choral works of Ben Ponniah”
16th June 2017, St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden
Premiere performance of “Sing unto the Lord” from Isaiah 42:10, commissioned and performed by The Joyful Company of Singers. All welcome and I hope to see you there!
20th January 2017, BBC Radio 3
Broadcast of “O sacrum convivium”
Listen on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sK2omagDf1U
18th October 2016, Selwyn College, Cambridge:
Performance of “O sacrum convivium” by the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College
24th September 2016, Selwyn College, Cambridge:
Performance of “God be in my head” by the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College
7th-8th July 2016: Selwyn College, Cambridge:
Regent Records and the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College will be recording a single-composer disc of my unaccompanied choral music to be released in September 2017!
12th March 2016, Abingdon School, Abingdon:
Première performance of “Requiem in blue” with a retiring collection in aid of Blue Skye Thinking
9th June 2015, Selwyn College, Cambridge:
Première performance of “When David heard” by the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College
12th April 2015, Chester Cathedral:
Performance of “O sacrum convivium” by the Wheatsheaf Consort
28th November 2014:
Performance of “O magnum mysterium” by FourFour Vocal Consort
26th October 2014, Selwyn College, Cambridge:
Performance of “God be in my head” and “O Lorde, the maker of al thinge” by the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College