The official website of classical musician William Petter (1982 - 2016), featuring information on his compositions including how to obtain sheet music; details on the recording of his main works, Ablaze with Light; and his professional biography.
"British choral music lost a rare talent in 2016. This outstanding recording makes an uplifting and poignant tribute to a musician who plainly still had so much to offer. There is a timeless quality to his writing, whether it be his moving setting of the Lord’s Prayer or his triumphant hymn-anthem Come Down, O Love Divine; they feel rooted in tradition and yet freshly minted. But Petter’s St Magnus and Vigil masses are his memorial: remarkable for their profound serenity and boundless joy."
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Stephen Pritchard, writing in The Observer
"The music on this CD is excellent and it would enrich any liturgy. The performances are splendid. If you buy this disc, you will be giving yourself the opportunity to discover some very rewarding music."
John Quinn, writing in Musicweb International
"William Petter has made a truly distinguished contribution to the tradition in which he was steeped. His music, of superb technical skill and imagination, will find a permanent place in our choral repertory."
Edward Higginbottom, Emeritus Organist and Fellow, New College Oxford and Emeritus Professor of Choral Music, University of Oxford
"This is music to refresh the soul, ease the heart, set you right with the world, and take you aloft to heaven. William Petter had a true gift for sacred music - to call it 'church music' would be inadequate - and his memorial album is beautifully sung and recorded. Everyone who loves spiritual choral music will cherish it, and I know I shall play it often."
John Rutter, composer