In September 2017, Giles (the Director of Music here at Whitkirk) read an article by the composer Professor Philip Wilby in a Royal School of Church Music publication. In this article, Philip Wilby wrote about an event called Ripon Cathedral New Music Week, which was to take place in May 2018.
It was to be a celebration of fifty years of new music, and during the week-long event the regular services at the Cathedral were to include not only liturgical music written by established contemporary composers, but also would encourage the submission of new compositions with any successful new scores being prepared for performance and recording.
Giles submitted an organ solo that he had composed called Carillon and was later delighted to be told that the assessment panel wished to include it as part of Ripon Cathedral New Music Week. Giles’s piece was chosen as the organ voluntary for a service of Choral Evensong held at the Cathedral on Sunday 13 May 2018 and as one of the pieces that were played for a Ripon Cathedral Lunchtime Concert on Thursday 17 May 2018.
Giles’ organ solo Carillon was published in November 2019 by Tim Knight Music.