World Premiere of Philip Moore’s Messe Solennelle

On Sunday 7 July, at the 10.30 am Eucharist, the Cathedral Choirs will give the world premiere of Philip Moore’s Messe Solennelle. Commissioned by Bishop Graeme and Susan Knowles, this is an exciting new work which will showcase our magnificent Cathedral organ as well as the combined voices of the Cathedral Choir, St Edmundsbury Singers and Youth Choir. The distinguished composer and cathedral musician Philip Moore was Organist and Master of the Music at York Minster from 1983 to 2008, and we are honoured to be giving the first performance of this new piece.

Bishop Graeme writes: “Susan and I realised that in the years 2023 to 2025 we celebrated some milestone anniversaries. 2023 saw our Golden Wedding anniversary and the 20th anniversary of my consecration as a bishop. This year, 2024, I shall have been 50 years in deacon’s orders and in 2025 I will see, God willing, my 50th anniversary as a priest. We thought about how we might mark these events and settled on commissioning a piece of music for the Cathedral Choirs. In discussion with Timothy, we decided to approach Philip Moore, whom we had known from our time in the northern province, to compose a setting for the eucharist.”


Bishop Graeme was acting Dean at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in 2018 before we welcomed Dean Joe to the post. Prior to this, he served as Bishop of Sodor and Man and as Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral.