Composer: Margaret Rizza (*1929), 2007
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Ave Maria by Margaret Rizza.
Choir Sacred. SATB choir. Choral (Sacred); Choral Octavo; Worship
Resources. Faber Edition: Choral Signature Series. Sacred. Published by
Faber Music (AP.12-0571535402). ISBN 0571535402.
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|Margaret Rizza studied at the Royal College of
Music, London and at the National School of Opera, London and continued her
training in Siena and Rome, Italy.
She sang professionally for 25 years, under the name of
Margaret Lensky. She has sung at many of the leading concert and operatic
venues and under such conductors as Benjamin Britten, Igor Stravinsky and
Leonard Bernstein. She also gave premieres of works by John Tavener, Thea
Musgrave and Richard Rodney Bennett.
From 1977 to 1994, she went on to teach singing at the Guildhall School of
Music and Drama, London. During her years at Guildhall she worked on many
outreach projects taking groups of students to share their music with people
in prisons, hospitals, hospices, inner city schools, MS centres, schools for
the blind and working with people with physical and learning difficulties.
She was also involved with Live Music Now, a wonderful organisation founded
by Yehudi Menuhin who wrote “I can only think of music as something inherent
in every human being – a birthright. Music co-ordinates mind, body and
During these years she also trained and directed the senior choirs at
Sevenoaks School, Walthamstow Hall School and Combe Bank School. Many groups
and ensembles were founded and directed by her including The London Camerata,
The Cameo Opera Group, St Thomas’ Music Group and the Gaudete Ensemble, the
last two groups having been involved in many recordings.
Over the past ten years she has made many recordings, and seven collections
of her music have been recorded and published. Her original arrangements of
Taize chants reached number 1 in the charts and was featured on Classic FM
over several weeks in 2006. Up until 2008 she was closely involved with
Dartington International Summer School, giving master classes and vocal
The Mass of St Benedict, a catholic edition and an anglican common worship
edition, has just been composed and both editions are now published by RSCM.
As well as continuing with her church choral music and music for
contemplative worship she began exploring and writing in a new idiom, that
of ‘Classical Contemporary’. It was in 2007 that she was commissioned by
Harry Christophers to write a choral composition for The Sixteen. This
resulted in 'Ave Generosa' which was recorded on the CD ‘A Mother’s Love’
and was given its first performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2008. It
was premiered in the USA in 2009 and her ‘O Speculum Columbe’ was premiered
also in the USA in 2011. 'Ave Generosa' is scheduled for a performance in
York in 2012.
All her classical contemporary music is published by Faber Music London.
A CD of 15 classical contemporary pieces has just been recorded and
conducted by Eamonn Dougan, the assistant conductor of The Sixteen, and
should be released in the near future.
She hopes to begin work on a creation cantata scored for choir, organ and
instruments. Also she will begin work on a new series of contemplative
compositions together with the setting of psalms and anthems for Church
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