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Bryant Park Mass premiere

Posted on 14 December 2012

On November 25th, the Bryant Park Mass by postgraduate composer James Cave was performed at St Paul's Cathedral. The performance featured a 12 piece band, and members of St Paul's choir, and was attended by some 350 people.

The piece takes its name from Bryant Park in New York, where much of the work was written. James writes:
'During the summer of 2008, my wife visited New York on business, and I was 'lucky' enough to join her there whilst the city was experiencing a major heatwave. Bryant Park, situated in central Manhattan next to the New York Public Library, was a kind of oasis amidst the dust and noise of the city. For several mornings, I worked on the piece under a parasol in the park's open-air library, surrounded by traffic noise and New Yorkers coming and going. For me, the piece became a celebration of the city and its diversity.'  
The Mass was originally commissioned in 2008 by St James West Hampstead. Since its first performance, it has been played around 50 times, in venues ranging from the Greenbelt Festival to London's prestigious Vortex Jazz Club. The work has been recorded by top producer Mason Neely (download available at; a follow-up record is planned for next year.