Music by choir type: Easy SATB | Medium SATB | Difficult SATB | SATB accompanied | Children | SABar | Upper voices | Lower voices
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For all recordings in one place, see my SoundCloud page.
Buy “To The Mountain” on Bandcamp, or download it from iTunes (US users click here for iTunes link)
“We Are One Voice” has been accepted for publication in the Hong Kong Children’s Choir 50th Anniversary Songbook – link to follow!
“Answer The Question”, commissioned by the National Library of Scotland and performed by the Reid Consort, will be available soon. It’s a choral setting of a 1962 Mathematics examination paper, for SATB (divisi useful but not vital). Contact me for a score if that sounds interesting to you! Quite high difficulty level but worth it.
In London City Chorus’ recent Call for Works, “Incitement to Sailing” from The Birlinn was one of the 3 winners (from almost 100 submissions), and so was “They” by Alison Willis – which I wrote the words for! Definitely the first award I’ve won for lyrics, and perhaps the first time someone’s done lyrics for one piece and music for another and had them both win a competition like this? Both works will be performed in St Pancras Church, London, on 6th July 2018 – see London City Chorus’ page for details.
“My Father” from #choirsagainstracism was broadcast on Radio 3’s “In Tune” on Friday 6th April! “Rather beautiful” – Sean Rafferty, “In Tune”, BBC Radio 3
Another bit of happy news: my “Responses” (see the PDF score) got chosen for the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, and were performed in St Pancras Church at 6pm on 13th May, conducted by Christopher Batchelor. Here’s the full brochure, including works by several composers who have become friends over the last few years.
New music! “We Are One Voice” is a very flexible piece for choirs (commissioned by Beaconsfield Choir Festival) – ideal if you have a number of choirs of varying abilities and numbers of parts and want them all to sing one piece together that they can also use individually. It’s available for any type of choir and piano (available for 2-part, SSA, TBarB, SABar, SATB and unison) – click here for scores and a recording. Scores £2 each, or £25 for a PDF.
Pieces that haven’t been performed yet: “Hush, My Dear” is a very easy Christmas carol for SATB (PDF score, demo recording): “Lighten Our Darkness” is a tricky motet for TTBarB (PDF score, demo recording). If you would like to perform these, I’d be happy to give you free scores for performance, in exchange for a recording.
“Be Still, My Blessed Babe” is an art song / carol for solo mezzo-soprano and piano (possibly the darkest Christmas carol ever written – PDF score £10). Here’s the recording – thank you to Ruth Carlyle and David Barton for premiering this!
On Saturday 17th March in St Mary’s Cathedral, Palmerston Place, the Edinburgh Singers premiered “I brought your name to the river” with words by Aine McAllister, which was commissioned with support from Creative Scotland. Full concert details here. The piece is for 6-part mixed choir (SMezATBarB) – preview the score here (with piano reduction) and listen to the opening here (full recording coming soon). Price is £30 for a PDF or £2.50+P&P per printed score.
“To The Mountain” is available on Bandcamp! You can buy the CD and have it sent in the post, or download the whole album.
I’ve just been awarded some funding by the National Library of Scotland to do a choral piece based on mathematics exam papers from the 1960s. This is going to be quite different from what I’ve written before! More news on that once I start writing it… It’ll be performed in April by the Reid Consort.
Thank you to Creative Scotland for funding a new commission for The Edinburgh Singers! “I Brought Your Name To The River”, with text by Aine McAllister, will be premiered on 17th March in St Mary’s Cathedral, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, and performed again in Stirling on 18th March. (see a sneak preview on Twitter)
Other upcoming premieres include “We Are One Voice”, with text by Euan Tait, at Beaconsfield Festival of Choirs on 3rd March 2018.
“A New Year Carol” was performed by Carillon Singers (England) and Voces Inauditae (Scotland).
“Welcome Carol” from #choirsagainstracism was sung by Dunbar Youth Voices in their Christmas concert on 14th December, and by a children’s choir in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in their Christmas Eve service.
If you’re performing any of my works at Christmas, please let me know – it’s always good to hear of more performances.
Three movements from “The Birlinn” for SATB choir and piano were premiered in St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, on 12th November – hear recordings and get perusal scores! Available for SATB choir or TBarB choir.
For a sample, listen to “Incitement to Sailing” below:
I’m writing a new piece for Beaconsfield Festival of Choirs, with lyrics by Euan Tait. This will be sung by all the choirs at the end of each performance. Making it flexible enough for any size or combination of choirs is quite an interesting challenge…
Thank you to the BBC Singers, who workshopped “The Beach” from #choirsagainstracism earlier this month! It sounded fabulous. Sadly I can’t share the recording in public as it was only a workshop – contact me privately if you’re interested in performing the piece and would like to hear this first.
A little experiment – I’ve put up a new piece for which you can pay as much (or as little) as you want! It’s a 3-part round called “A Bicycle Wheel”, should be suitable for any level of choir.
Hear “My Father” from #choirsagainstracism in a beautiful new recording by KC VITAs chamber choir, Kansas:
And coming soon: “After Culloden” (easy, for SATB) will be performed by Rudsambee Company of Singers in Edinburgh, at St Giles’ Cathedral, Sunday 13th August, 6pm – admission free!
Brian Bilston, the unofficial poet laureate of Twitter, has very kindly allowed me to set his poem “The Kindness of Strangers” to music. It’s written in memory of the bombings in London and Manchester (and set to music also with the tragedy at Grenfell in mind). It’s about 3 minutes long, for SATB (maximum divisi to SSAATBB, ideal if you’re a bit short on tenors), easy to medium difficulty.
Download a sample score
Hear an audio demo
Download a sample score with piano reduction
Adeste Fideles has been accepted for Project: Encore, which aims to get second (and further) performances for new choral works. Hear it below:
New! A New Year Carol – SATB with a few bars of soprano divisi. Would make a good closer or encore for a concert near Christmas, or (ideally!) for a concert around the start of the year. Download the score and hear an audio demo. £20 for a PDF to print unlimited copies, or £1 per printed copy (plus postage if outside the UK).
Janya – rescored for full orchestra
My three SABar Scots songs, published by Spartan Press, will be performed by Heritage Masterworks Chorale on Saturday 9th September, in St Mary’s Church, Thirsk, North Yorkshire.
“My Father” will also be performed in Edinburgh by Voces Inauditae, on Saturday 16th September (SSAATTBB version).
Commissions coming up for Dingwall and District Choral Society, Napier University Chamber Choir, and the Edinburgh Singers!
And watch this space for exciting publication and CD news… working on the cover design now. In the meantime, enjoy these preview recordings:
“In Springtime” from #choirsagainstracism was featured in a workshop by Dorking Camerata (Surrey, England) on 6th May conducted by Amy Bebbington, and has also just been recorded by the Reid Consort in Edinburgh: hear it below! More recordings coming soon. Thanks to Creative Scotland and the Hope Scott Trust for funding this:
Sleep Songs: Wordless Lullabies For the Sleepless is fully funded on Kickstarter! I’ll be writing a wordless lullaby for American mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen. You can still support the project and order a copy of the album, scores of all the lullabies, or even a personalised recording.
On 7th and 8th April, the Reid Consort in Edinburgh recorded several of my works, including “Next Morning”, “3 Churches Mass”, and “In Springtime” from #choirsagainstracism. Those will be online soon!
Thank you to Quintessential Voices for recording “Mary Morison”! Listen below:
“Mary Morison” will also be included in Quintessential Voices’ concerts on 19th May (Hetton Methodist Church) and 11th June (Brancepeth Castle), both near Durham – concert details here.
New pieces up at #choirsagainstracism – “3 Memories of Kurdistan” (The Beach, In Springtime and My Father) with words from Kurdish refugees, free to fight prejudice and hatred, or to raise funds for refugees or related causes. The PDF is available as a single download – get the SSSSAAAA version or the SSAATTBB version.
The University of Glasgow Chapel Choir gave the premiere of “No Man Is An Island” (version for men’s voices), another piece that’s part of #choirsagainstracism – hear a recording below!