Ronald Corp

Conductor & Composer

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Mary’s Song(2001)



His music is rooted in what might be termed the English choral tradition, but his turn of phrase, his subtle harmonic juxtapositions, his sheer inventiveness and personal experience as a choral and orchestral conductor, were all brought together in a work of enormous effectiveness.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Musical Opinion, September 2001

A triumph… the choral writing was striking, ranging from reflective support for soloists, as in ‘And his mercy is on them that fear him’, to the aggressive 7/4 rhythm of ‘Fecit potentiam’ and the grand opening and closing choruses.

London Harmony

It is my and the Choir’s view that Mary’s Song is one of the finest pieces composed for amateur choir in the last 10 years.

John Cotterill (Musical Director of Great Missenden Choral Society)

I was totally engaged with Mary’s Song which sets the text of the Magnificat enlarged by English spiritual poems.  An outrageous piece of freewheeling eclecticism, veering between cinemascopically-enlarged Britten and John Rutter at his cheesiest, it was a complete joy – certainly to hear and, I’m sure, to sing!  …Exhilarating and grand – Corp does like his drum rolls – memorably tuneful.

Michael White, The Hampstead and Highgate Express