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Aurea Luce was written at the request of Madeleine Mitchell and Geoff Poole by way of celebrating my 50th birthday at a concert in my home town of Shaftesbury, Dorset. The work is based on a plainsong melody sung as a hymn for the Feast of St. Peter's Chair in Rome, reflecting the dedication of the church in which the premiere took place. I started writing the work on International Women's Day 2015 and it was serendipitous that the hymn?s text is ascribed very unusually to a 5th century female author, Elpis (reputedly the first wife of the philosopher Boethius). The title translates as '..with golden light..' and in context within the verse it reads as:


Aurea luce et decore roseo, lux lucis, omne perfudisti seculum,

decoran caelos inclito martyrio hac sacra die, quae dat reis veniam.

(The beauteous light of Eternity hath flooded with blissful fires this golden day

which crowns the Prince of the Apostles, and gives unto the guilty a free way to heaven).

(The Poissy Antiphonal, fol. 412v)


The piece states the plainsong clearly at the beginning, with a gradual accumulation of bells (constructed from patterns taken from St. Peter's Church bell changes) making conscious reference to the tintinabulation style of Arvo Pärt. It also hints at James Macmillan's 'Kiss on Wood' which was written especially for Madeleine and which has become one of her very special 'calling cards'.

The work was premiered on 19 September 2015 at St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury by the dedicatees, Madeleine and Geoff. 


9 minutes

Madeleine Mitchell (violin), Geoff Poole (piano), St Peter's Church, Shaftesbury, 19th September 2015

1 Piano, 1 Violin
Composition date


Violin Muse Madeleine Mitchell (violin) 20th October 2017


14 April 2024 Melrose Parish Church Hall, St Mary's Rd, Melrose, TD6 9LJ

Boglárka György (violin) and Amy Butler (piano),

Melrose Music Society


17 March 2022 Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama Manchester

WCLC - Madeleine Mitchell Violin Recital with Nigel Clayton, piano

5 March 2019

University Women’s Club, 2 Audley Square, London W1K 1FB.

Madeleine Mitchell, Violin
Konstantin Lapshin, Piano

15 June 2018

Bryanston School, Dorset

Madeleine Mitchell (violin)

Nigel Clayton (piano)

4 November 2017

Canterbury Festival

Madeleine Mitchell (violin), Nigel Clayton (piano)

25 October 2017

Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music

Madeleine Mitchell (violin) 

Nigel Clayton (piano)

10 October 2017

Middlesex University, Department of Music

Madeleine Mitchell (vln) and Nigel Clayton (pno)

10 October 2017

Concert Room, The Grove Building, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, London, NW4 4BT

Madeleine Mitchell (violin)

Nigel Clayton (piano)

3 October 2017

Performance on The Violin Channel

Madeleine Mitchell (violin)

Nigel Clayton (piano)

7 September 2017

Powis Hall, Bangor University

Madeleine Mitchell (violin)

Nigel Clayton (piano)

8 April 2016

The Christian Community, 73 Cainscross Rd, Stroud

Madeleine Mitchell (violin)
Geoffrey Poole (piano)
Severnside Composers Alliance

7 April 2016

 St. Paul's Church, St. Paul's Road, Clifton, Bristol

Madeleine Mitchell (violin)
Geoffrey Poole (piano)
Severnside Composers Alliance

26 January 2016

City University, London

Madeleine Mitchell (violin) Ian Pace (piano)

19 September 2015 St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury Madeleine Mitchell (violin), Geoff Poole (piano)