Pater Noster was composed in 2000 and was premiered in Manchester the following year by the tenors and basses from the Chetham's School of Music chorus. The first performance in the south of England took place in 2003 in Gloucester Cathedral where it was performed by members of the Gloucester Cathedral Old Choristers' Association and recorded.
Pater Noster recalls the chant-like nature of plainsong in terms of its rhythmic and melodic material. The text is homophonic throughout, the use of colourful, often octatonic harmony resulting in some striking chord progressions.
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Douglas Mason began his musical training as a chorister in Gloucester Cathedral Choir under John Sanders. He subsequently read music at Durham University, and went on to train as a music teacher at Leeds University, also singing professionally as a lay clerk in the Choir of Leeds Parish Church at this time.
As a composer, Douglas focuses on choral works in particular, and he has also written and arranged music for schools. As a performer Douglas has sung on numerous television and radio broadcasts and appeared on recordings for several labels, including Abbey, Priory and ASC records. For several years he was also a member of the William Byrd Singers directed by Stephen Wilkinson.