Written for SATB choir and Organ.
The Veil of the Temple was commissioned by the Temple Music Trust. The world premiere took place on 27th June 2003 at the Temple Church, London, performed by the Choir of the Temple Church and the Holst Singers, with Patricia Rozario (soprano), conducted by Stephen Layton, as part of The City of London Festival, 2003.
The anthem Mother of God, here I stand was sponsored by the Toulmin Family, and it is dedicated to the Choir of the Temple Church, its Director of Music, Stephen Layton, and the Master of the Temple, the Rev. Robin Griffith-Jones. It was first performed on 13th May 2004, by the Choir of the Temple Church conducted by Stephen Layton.
Mother of God also features in the film Philomena, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan and directed by Stephen Frears.