Christopher Steel [1938–1991]

…a fluent and resourceful composer…
Hugo Cole, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 1980

Christopher Steel was arguably one of the most outstanding British composers of his generation. The composer of three symphonies by the age of 26, his substantial catalogue includes other large-scale works, sacred choral music, smaller works and educational pieces used by the Associated Board and other organisations.

His music has some parallels with that of Matthias, Walton and Britten, and consciously attempts to remain accessible to a broad audience without sacrificing artistic or aesthetic value. It has been performed across the world and broadcast by BBC Radio and Television (including on BBC 1’s Songs of Praise) and Classic FM.

As recently as March 21st, 2009, his large-scale choral work, Passion and Resurrection according to St Mark, received an acclaimed world première at Tewkesbury Abbey, performed by the Cheltenham Bach Choir and the Regency Sinfonia, conducted by Stephen Jackson.

for Violin and Piano
10¼ mins1997£8.45
Forces: Violin, Piano