Alan Smith has been a pastoral musician for over 40 years and currently leads the music at Holy Redeemer church, Pershore, UK. Alan has composed four settings of the 2010 translation of the Mass, including Pershore Mass and Mass of St Kenelm (both Decani Music). Other publications include Psalm Songs, volumes 1-3 (with David Ogden, Cassell, 1998) and Glory to God – New Music for the Mass (with Peter Jones, Decani Music, 2011). A former chair of the Society of St Gregory, Alan is production manager and editorial board member of its journal, Music and Liturgy. Born in 1952, Alan was educated at Dover Grammar School and at York University, where he studied with John Paynter and Wilfrid Mellers. He taught music in Kent, Birmingham, Worcestershire and Herefordshire, before becoming Music Adviser for Worcestershire. He retired in 2011 and now devotes his time to writing, editing, typesetting, music engraving and composing.