Humphrey Clucas is known for a wide range of choral and vocal music, alongside a growing body of instrumental music, and this beautiful and evocative song is set to words by A.E. Housman.
Originally for voice and lute, Evenfall also works well with piano accompaniment and the edition includes versions for high voice (A minor) and low voice (E minor). The accompaniment is simple and supportive, allowing the flowing melody to soar above, with a tonal and accessible style which should appeal to singers of all ages and abilities.
Humphrey Clucas was born in 1941 and read English at King's College, Cambridge, where he was also a Choral Scholar. Having taught English for twenty-seven years he subsequently became a Lay Vicar at Westminster Abbey but is now retired.
As a composer he is self taught, and although he is well-known for a set of Anglican Responses written as an undergraduate, almost all his serious music has been written over the last twenty-five years. He has a growing reputation as a choral composer and has produced an impressive and steady stream of choral works, both sacred and secular, alongside much instrumental music. He has written works for Cathedrals in Chichester, Guildford, Salisbury and Winchester, as well as for King's College, Cambridge, Southwell Minster and Westminster Abbey.