Paul Mealor's If Ye Love Me for upper Voices and Organ.
Commissioned by St Marylebone Parish Church in memory of Miss Joie Macauley, the 900th Anniversary of the parish and the 200th Anniversary of the present parish church; first performed at the parish church by the Choir of St Marylebone Parish Church on 23rd July 2017.
"This is simple, beautiful and outstandingly effective. The simple melody is sung unison throughout, except for a single two-part chord at the climax, with a top G in the upper part (otherwise the top note is E). The organ is rooted with G and C pedal semibreves alternating, and the whole piece forms a huge arc from pianissimo to fortissimo and back to pianissimo." - ‘Sunday by Sunday’
Paul Mealor's upper voice setting of the familiar words If ye love me. It offers a gentle unison melody over held chords on the organ, building to a climax on the words 'may abide with you' - the emphasis on the pronoun marking out a difference from most other settings. This is an effective, somewhat plaintive setting which any upper-voice choir would find attractive and not too demanding. - 'Organists' Review'