I’ve worked with the composing team of Kendal Kirkland and Rod Iliffe for a number of years now. We create choral works which try to fuse a number of traditions: rock, classical and folk among others . We’ve also put on entertainments of words and music.
Kendal Kirkland lives in Finedon, Northants. and is a practising vet and specialist in animal behaviour. She has sung in a number of choirs and between 1991 and 1996 was lead singer and composer in the rock band Alter Ego, for whom we wrote about 200 songs. Rod Iliffe was the key board player with Alter Ego. He works as a music teacher and also musical director for a number of theatre and musical companies in the Midlands.
First performed at the Southwark Festival in 2000, this full length-musical tells the true 11 th century love story of Abelard and Heloise. At the first performance, the role of Abelard was taken by Martin Jarvis OBE. The “scenery” was created by audio-visual artist Lucy Ryan.
>>Download The background to Heloise
A Requiem is a concert piece for choir, organ, soloists, rock band and narrator. It was premiered and recorded in January 1994 at St Matthias Church, Richmond, Surrey; since then it has been revised and lengthened and performed in Ely, Corby, Rothwell, Milton Keynes, Windsor, Wellingborough and Greenwich. A reviewer of the first performance described it as “ an outstanding achievement...a well-structured work which successfully fused its diverse traditions.”
>>Download the full words of A Requiem
VENI CREATOR SPIRITS
A smaller piece for choir and soloists, written to welcome in the 21 st century.
THE SONG OF ST FRANCIS
A piece built around St Francis’s sermon to the birds with a children’s choir playing the part of the birds! St Francis is a perennial theme in my poetry, prose and lyric-writing.
>> Hear the song ASHES OF DEAD STARS by ALTER EGO. Click here
All words are ©Ian Florance, All Rights Reserved.
All sound files are © Kendal Kirkland, Rod Iliffe and Ian Florance. All Rights Reserved.
I’m happy for you to download and print one copy of these words for private reading.