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Dove’s innate understanding of the individual voice is exemplified in his large and varied choral and song output. His carol The Three Kings was commissioned for the famous Nine Lessons and Carols service at King’s College, Cambridge. His Missa Brevis commissioned by the Cathedral Organists’ Association was premiered by the Choir of Wells Cathedral in 2009 and has subsequently been performed in services all over the UK. A set of Canticles for Wells was composed in 2012 along with a moving setting of a Mark Strand poem for tenor Mark Padmore. Larger-scale works with chorus include Köthener Messe and the epic and moving There was a child. Dove’s confident optimism has made him the natural choice as the composer for big occasions. In 2010 A Song of Joys for chorus and orchestra opened the festivities at the Last Night of the Proms.
A sure sense of dramatic narrative also informs Dove’s orchestral and instrumental music. Stargazer, a concerto for trombone and orchestra commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra and premiered by them with Ian Bousfield and Michael Tilson Thomas, has been described by Dove as an opera for the solo instrument. In The Magic Flute Dances, a flute concerto, Dove imagines the life of Mozart’s eponymous instrument once the opera has ended.
Throughout his career Dove has made a serious commitment to community development through innovative musical projects. Tobias and the Angel, a 70-minute opera written in 1999, brings together children, community choirs, and professional singers and musicians in a vivid and moving retelling of the Book of Tobit. His 2012 opera Life is a Dream written for Birmingham Opera was performed by professionals and community choruses in a disused Birmingham warehouse, and a church opera involving community singers The Walk from the Garden was premiered at Salisbury Cathedral as part of the 2012 Salisbury International Arts Festival.
Dove has been honoured with several awards, including the Ivor Novello Award for Classical Music in 2008.