Kit Grahame

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Kit Grahame was born in 1985 in Wollongong, Australia. His mother, a piano teacher, introduced him to music at an early age, and he has always had an interest in composition. He was examined in Solo Piano through the Trinity College London and completed his Higher School Certificate in Music in 2002, with an emphasis on Composition. He also played clarinet in community bands and orchestras, and has sung with various community and semi-professional vocal ensembles during high school and university.

Over the last few years, he has sung with the Australian Contemporary Chorale, a Melbourne-based choir dedicated to performing exclusively new Australian music, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus, LOW REZ Melbourne Male Choir, London Oriana Choir, and he currently sings with the Fourth Choir in London.

Some of Grahame's compositions and arrangements have been performed by choirs in Australia, including most notably, the Australian Contemporary Chorale, with the world première of Ave verum corpus, and the Australian première of Stabat Mater in October 2007. Thanks to the SibeliusMusic/ Score Exchange website, he received an offer from the Chamber Singers, Inc. of Northeast Ohio, to première Stabat Mater in the USA in October 2005, and Weihnachtslied for their Christmas concert in 2008. There are now several MP3 excerpts from their performance available on this website.

Other performances include: Raised Voices, a 20-member a cappella group based in the Shoalhaven area (performed àpán ìgola at the Major's Creek Folk Festival in 2002); and the Australian National University Choral Society (SCUNA), (performed Weihnachtslied for their Christmas Concert in 2004.)

Some of Grahame's other compositions include: Magnificat anima mea Dominum, which has already been received with interest by local musicians; and his most challenging work yet, a setting of the Ancient Greek text of the Nicene Creed, Pisteuo eis hena Theon (Πιστεύω εἰς ἕνα Θεόν), in which he has explored new and interesting harmonic and rhythmic ideas. His current projects involve experimenting with setting other languages, including psalms in Hebrew (Adonai ro'i, lo ekhsar) and Anglo-Saxon (Hu lange wilt þu?).

For the past five years, Grahame has been arranging popular music for TTBB for LOW REZ.

A quote from Dr J.D. Goddard, Founder and Artistic Director of Master Singers, Inc. of Northeast Ohio & Chamber Singers, Inc. on Stabat Mater:

  • "This is quite a dynamic piece for having been written by a 19 yr. old Australian young man… It is modern yet classical in sound and structure, i.e. chaos to resolution, cluster chords, modal, yet sensible in usage. It definitely carries a great weight with regard to the dramatic involvement of the singers and the stylistic interpretation it so richly deserves. The dynamics alone are impressive: ppp-fff. This Stabat Mater will be full of tension-filled dramatic moments followed by equally as many relaxed and gentle moments of pathos and serenity. This is an absolutely wonderful composition. It possesses all of the great ingredients of an a'cappella composition: drama, tonality versus atonality, extreme dynamics, serious subject matter, superb moments of musical nuance, challenging rhythms, tricky metric notation and flowing melodic lines of romanticism. This piece has it all, and yet it is only 20-25 minutes in length."

His work is inspired by many different musical styles, and he has drawn influence from the works of composers such as Debussy, Pärt, Kodály, Messiaën, Morten Lauridsen, and Eric Whitacre, although he likes to write freely. His portfolio contains modern and inventive settings of Latin spiritual texts. He has written for choirs and various instruments, although most of his recent work is vocal. Grahame completed a Bachelor of Arts at the Australian National University, majoring in Linguistics and International Communication (Spanish), with minors in German, Mandarin Chinese, Latin, and Ancient Greek.

If you are interested in performing one of my compositions, and would like to let me know, please contact me through this website. I would love to hear about the interesting places around the world my music goes!

All of my compositions are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International licence.