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Alan Bullard is one of the UK's most highly regarded contemporary composers.  In recent years he has undertaken commissions for a number of chamber choirs, including the Reading Phoenix Choir (A Year in a Day), the Solihull Chandos Choir (Anniversary Song), and the Waltham Singers (A Summer Garland). Other recent commissions include A Bunyan Garland and Two Cats, a Ladybird, and some Lobsters, both for two-part youth or ladies' choir, and the larger-scale works Canticle of Freedom, Prime Meridian, and This is our World, all for SATB and youth choirs together.

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Alan Bullard was born in London in 1947. He studied with Herbert Howells at the Royal College of Music, and with Arnold Whittall at Nottingham University. For much of his life he has combined his work as a composer with roles in music education, most recently as Head of Composition at Colchester Institute and as an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

The appeal of his music to both performers and audiences is shown in his wide-ranging output and the variety of commissions that he has undertaken. His catalogue numbers in excess of 150 titles, the result of commissions from school choirs, Churches, choral societies, children's choirs, male voice choirs, and chamber choirs.  For instrumental groups there have been commissions from soloists, ensembles, chamber orchestras, and a wind band festival.  And he is also a respected writer of music for examination syllabuses and educational albums. 

Bullard's music is widely performed in Great Britain and further afield, is regularly broadcast, and appears on several tapes and CDs including a new sampler CD of both mixed-voice and upper-voice music by Sue Hollingworth's acclaimed choirs, Sine Nomine and Scunthorpe Co-operative Junior Choir.  He was the first Composer in Residence at the Annual Convention of the Association of British Choral Directors, and more recently he has undertaken a number of educational projects with local GCSE and A-level students. He has recently completed A New Vision, a commission for the Eastern Synod of the United Reformed Church, performed at the Cathedral of Bury St Edmunds, and the hugely successful 'entertainment', Mr Lear. Based upon texts written by and about the life of Edward Lear, Mr Lear is a fantastically witty piece for mixed choir with optional children's choir and brass ensemble. Current projects include a community arts commission for a group of Essex villages, Welcome May!, a short suite of songs for the Maia Singers and Stockport Youth Choir, and new instrumental pieces for established teaching schemes and for the examination boards.

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