Peter Aston (5 October 1938 – 13 September 2013) was an English composer, academic and conductor who is well known for his choral works. Born in Birmingham, he studied at Birmingham School of Music and the University of York. In 1964, he became a lecturer in music in the University of York and in 1974 he was appointed professor of music in the University of East Anglia, where he subsequently became Emeritus Professor of composition.
Although best known for his liturgical choral works, his output included chamber works for voices and instruments, choral and orchestral works and an opera for children. He is probably best known for his Communion Service and Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in F.
He founded the Norwich Festival of Contemporary Church Music and he was a Lay Canon of Norwich Cathedral. For fourteen years he was the conductor of the Aldeburgh Festival Singers. He was also involved with the Sacramento Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra. He was an editor of Baroque music and founded the Tudor Consort and the English Baroque Ensembles.
"Petit homage à Gabriel Fauré" is published by Banks, and is available for purchase and download here: https://www.banksmusicpublications.co.uk/publishers/banks-music-publications/petit-hommage-a-gabriel-faure
I realized AFTER the fact of doing this that there is already a FINE upload of this work on the Concert Hall by my great friend, Erzahler! Andrew, I meant no "intrusion" upon your excellent upload, and dedicate my performance with friendship to you!
Here is Andrew's performance:
I'm wondering if this piece by Aston is based upon an actual work by Fauré, so I hope that if it is, someone will tell us which one!
There are several photos of Peter Aston attached below.