Sharon Pierson, an alto with GCU, has written several lovely carols which have been performed by the choir at their Christmas concerts. Until 1985 Sharon had only written carols for children’s or women’s voices. After a long gap she gave herself a challenge in 2009 to write a carol for four parts. Sing Lullaby was the result and it was performed by GCU at their annual carol concert in Cadogan Hall, Sloane Square.
Sharon Pierson (nee Hesketh) grew up in Bournemouth and has always been grateful to her Mum and Dad for introducing her to music at an early age. There was always some kind of music playing at home, and some of those pieces of music have influenced the style of her writing today. Sharon has always been a singer: as part of a group in church, as part of primary and secondary school choirs, as a member of the Bournemouth Youth Choir performing in Christmas concerts in the Winter Gardens in Bournemouth, and then with Goldsmith Choral Union, choral music (as well as a love of music across a number of genres) has played a big part in her everyday life.
In 1985 Sharon won a Carol competition run by the local radio station, 2 Counties Radio, with The Star So Bright. As her prize, the carol was arranged and orchestrated by Douglas Coombes MBE, choral composer and conductor, and performed at the annual Bournemouth Schools Music Association Christmas Concert in the Winter Gardens, Bournemouth. This carol has recently been published by Lindsay Music. The following year Sharon submitted another carol for the competition but she just fell out of the age bracket for the senior section. However, she was asked if her carol Love Had Come Down could be performed, and it was arranged by Douglas Coombes MBE and performed in the Winter Gardens. The carol was so well received by the audience requests for copies were received by Douglas Coombes and it was published by Lindsay Music. GCU ladies gave the first London performance of Love Had Come Down in The Queen Elizabeth Hall on the Southbank.
Until that time Sharon had only written carols for children’s or women’s voices. After a long gap she gave herself a challenge in 2009 to write a carol for four parts. Sing Lullaby was the result and it was performed by GCU at their annual carol concert in Cadogan Hall, Sloane Square. It was also recorded by the choir and appears on the Christmas CD they produced internally. Sharon dedicated this carol to her Mum and Dad to say thank you for all their love, encouragement and support over the years. Encouraged by members of the choir, friends and family members both in England and Canada, Sharon has gone on to write several more carols all of which have been performed by GCU at Cadogan Hall as part of their Christmas Carol Concerts. They are:
His Name Is Jesus (2010)
Saviour of the World (2011 – Dedicated to Save The Children)
Ring Out The Bells (2012 – Dedicated to GCU celebrating their 80th Anniversary Season)
Holy Night (2014)