Concert to premiere new choral work

Composer Jim Tribble whose latest work, The Anstruther Mass, will be performed for the first time at Anstruther Philharmonic Society's Christmas concert on December 13, 2015.

Composer Jim Tribble whose latest work, The Anstruther Mass, will be performed for the first time at Anstruther Philharmonic Society's Christmas concert on December 13, 2015.

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A new work by an East Neuk composer is to have its premiere at Anstruther Philharmonic Society’s Christmas Concert next weekend.

‘The Anstruther Mass’ is the latest composition by Jim Tribble, who has produced more than 180 piano pieces, 130 string ensemble selections and 40 wind, flute and harp pieces for everything from soloists to full orchestras during his career.

His most influential inspiration is Bach but he also feels a connection with Schumann and Brahms.

Describing his latest work, Jim said: “I’ve always wanted to write a complete mass form and I decided to name it for the location where it was written, as many composers have historically done.

“The Anstruther Mass begins with a rather dreamy Kyrie, in which the men sing the same line with varying speeds of the same notes.

“I wanted to write a plainsong line that works and connect it with Scottish Gaelic chant tradition, starting with a presenter and having the congregation singing in answer, but in completely different lengths of unmeasured time.

“This piece represents the mists of time: how communal singing evolved over hundreds of years before ever being written down and organised into measured notes and tempi. I wanted the initial sound of the Kyrie to harken back to the mists of the past.”

Originally from Bedfordshire, Jim has lived in Anstruther for more than 30 years.

The work may connect with the past but some of it was written in a more modern scenario – in Jim’s local.

“I hand-wrote the Gloria for The Anstruther Mass in the pub,” said Jim, who mostly composes for piano and chamber music combinations and described his work as minimal, but also baroque and romantic.

The Kyrie and Gloria sections of the Anstruther Mass will be performed at the concert in Crail Parish Church on Sunday, December 13 at 7pm.