Frank Morgan Music and Publishing was set up in January 2014 by James Allerton.
James is a musician and composer who lives and works in Stockport. James has over 30 years experience of being involved in liturgy within the Roman Catholic tradition. He is a member of the music group at Our Lady and the Apostles Parish in Edgeley, Stockport, where he sings and plays the violin, and occasionally plays bass, keyboards and ukulele…
James also regularly writes psalm settings for use in the parish, and with another member of the music group has written other liturgical material.
James is mostly a stay at home daddy, using his youngest child’s nap time as composing time (whenever possible). However, for one morning a week, he teaches in his children’s primary school, where he leads hymn practice, takes the school choir for rehearsals and also teaches music in each year group. He also leads hymn practice in another local primary school, and has provided specific input, teaching the Apostles’ Mass in a third local school. In addition, James also has a number of private pupils, whom he teaches guitar, keyboard, mandolin and violin.
James sat the ABRSM Grade 8 Music Theory exam in June 2015. The results have now been published. James is very proud to have gained a mark of 90/100, which means he has passed with distinction.
James set up Frank Morgan Music and Publishing in order to publish his own material. He has recently published a new Mass setting entitled the Apostles’ Mass, which has been tried and tested in both parish and school. The published version is available in a guitar/melody edition. A keyboard version has also been approved and is now available to buy. In addition, James has published his own version of the Ave Verum Corpus. See here for more details.
In exciting new developments, Frank Morgan Music and Publishing has published two further sets of new music. The first is another new Mass setting, entitled the Testament Mass, written by two more members of Our Lady’s music group, Fran Fitton and Nick Bennett. Details are available here. The second is a Book of Common Psalms written by James Allerton and Nick Bennett. Further details are available here.
Both the Apostles’ Mass and Testament Mass have now been added to the official list of approved Mass settings.