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Douglas Coombes is a prolific composer and has written for all ages &endash; professional and non-professional &endash; and his output includes symphonies, operas, church music, secular choral music, part songs, ensemble music, music-stories and music for children. Many compositions have been supported by grants from the Arts Councils of England and Scotland and by sponsorship from industry. Two of his musicals for children, The Legend of the Firebird and Zalzabar have so far received well over 2000 performances each.
For the BBC he has arranged all the hymns in the very successful Come and Praise and Come and Praise Beginnings collections, for which he has also composed a number of hymns; most schools in the UK use these books.
His Mass (1991) for SATB Soli, SATB Choir and orchestra, composed for the Collegium de Senlis, France, has received many performances in a number of countries including, Britain, France, S.Korea and the USA where it was given its USA premiere in 1995 by the Mastersingers of Philadelphia (conductor Robert J. Reilley.) In October 2002, it was recorded on CD by the Suwon Civic Chorale, one of S. Korea's leading professional choirs, who have undertaken to record all of the composer's major choral works over the next few years. His Requiem (SATB soli, choir and orchestra) for the Mastersingers of Philadelphia which was premiered in December 1997 has received a number of performances in various countries. The choir, Amici, based in Taunton, Somerset, directed by John Cole, gave the first performance in England in July 1999.
In recent years, Douglas has been commissioned by a number of USA choirs and works include The West Chester Mass (for West Chester University, Pennsylvania1998), Te Deum (Paoli Presbyterian Church, Paoli, Pennsylvannia 1999), and The Olivet Canticles (Olivet Methodist Church, Coatesville, Pennsylvania, 1999)
In 2000 he wrote a 2-act ballet, The Pied Piper which was composed for the Millennium Festival Celebrations of Potton, a small Bedfordshire town where he lives. The ballet received its USA premiere in August 2003 in Ocean City, New Jersey. In June, 2000 he conducted the premiere of his Double Concerto for Clarinet, Organ and Strings
In December 2000, The Infancy of Christ, a Christmas Cantata, was premiered respectively in Sandy, Bedfordshire, and in the USA.
In 2001 he composed This Precious Earth (for Children's voices and piano for Jersey Education Authority), Lauda for Choir and Orchestra (settings of Psalms 146-150 for Stevenage Choral Society, Herts,) Aesop's Fables (for Amici of Taunton. 2001).
Works written in 2002 include an Oboe Concerto (for Bryan Shaw - 1st performance April 2002), Three Latin Motets (Choir, Flute, Harp and Cello for a Belgium Choir - 1st performance in October 2002), To Saddle, To Horse for Orchestra (premiered in a concert given by the New English Concert Orchestra in July in the grounds of Hatfield House, Hertfordshire and written for a cavalry display to be given by The Napoleonic Association.) Missa Brevis No.1 (Soli, a cappella SATB choir - for the Suwon Civic Chorale &endash; to be premiered in 2004) Missa Brevis No2 Soli, SSA choir and keyboard &endash; for the Choirs of the Country Day School of the Sacred Heart , Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and first performed in February 2003 at the Kimmel Centre, Philadelphia) and The World's Redeemer, an Easter Cantata for Soprano solo, Narrator and Organ (or piano), for the Paoli Presbyterian Church Choir, Paoli, USA and premiered in March 2003
Recent works include A Christmas Celebration (Narrator, SSA Choir and Keyboard) and a Song Book for the children's charity Barnardo's which will be published at the beginning of 2004. He is now working on a choral work for the Hertford Choral Society (Now Welcome Summer &endash; A Choral Serenade) and a work based on the story of The Sorcerer's Apprentice for Children's Choir and Wind Band for Bedford Schools.
A number of his smaller instrumental and choral pieces are used for examinations of the Associated Board, Trinity and Guildhall.)
Many of the works mentioned above are published by Lindsay Music.