I Sing Of A Maiden (2005)

for three equal parts and solo

Written for the children of Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Bolton, this setting of the Middle English Lyric builds from a solo, through a round, to a three part canon before concluding, as it began, with a solo.

 

God Be In My Head (2005)

for SATB (with optional split into 4 choirs!)

Thomas Tallis, John Taverner and the many and varied rounds that children learn were the inspirations behind this setting of words from The Book of Hours. Children often have their first experience of part singing through the medium of rounds, and so I thought why not see what the effect of a choral 'round' would be. The basis of the piece is a simple SATB setting of the words, and it can be used in this way to great effect. However, once the choir are confident with their parts, why not try splitting them into 4 groups and try the piece as a round - the sound is amazing and really uplifting for both singer and listener alike!

 

Song Of Exodus (2008)

for SATB with optional Tenor solo

This simple setting of Exodus 15 is ideal for the Easter liturgy. It has a lively 'Gospel' feel, and is set in a straight forward verse/chorus style, putting it well within the reach of most church choirs, even at such a 'repertoire rich' time of the liturgical calendar.

 

Anima Christi/Seven Last Words (2010)

For SATB and solo Bass

A simple but moving setting of the text made famous through the hymn 'Soul of my Saviour', juxtaposed against the final words of Christ as taken from the Gospels.

 

For Valour... (2011)

For Solo Tenor, SATB semichorus, SATB main chorus and a bell

Written for a special Armistice Day concert at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral on 11th November 2011, this piece sets Wilfred Owen's tragic 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' alongside other 'official' writings from the First World War (propoganda, a soldier's prayer and extracts from letters of condolence sent home to the families of soldiers who had been killed in action): all of which is backed by the Old Testament writings 'To everything there is a season...', while a Passing Bell calls us to remember all who have made the 'ultimate sacrifice' in war.

 

Te Deum Laudamus (2012)

For SSAATTBB and Organ

This was commissioned by a friend to celebrate the birth of his niece and is a joyful outburst of praise to God. It sets the original Latin text and contains a mix of:

  •  long unison plainsong-esque melodies for the whole choir to acclaim ‘with one voice’; 
  • shorter phrases based on simple reciting notes as used by celebrants at services over the years; 
  • polyphonic passages to emphasize the sheer numbers of worshipers wishing to praise God; and
  •  harmonies drawn from the earliest examples of church music written for part singing right through to the more ‘cutting edge’ styles of the early twenty first century.

A highly rewarding challenge for any choir!

 

More choral music will be added soon.