Music by choir type:
SATB a cappella: Easy – Medium – Difficult
SATB with accompaniment (mostly organ)
Children’s choirs or unison voices
Others: small mixed choirs – upper voices – lower voices
And by type of music: liturgical – secular – Christmas – chamber music and solo works
For recordings, see my SoundCloud page.
This year I’ve been selected for Adopt A Composer! Run by Making Music and Sound And Music, and funded by PRS For Music, it pairs composers with amateur groups from Making Music to write a custom piece in collaboration with the group. I’ll be working with the Jan Modelski Community Orchestra, based in Chester. Really looking forward to this, as it’s the first chance I’ve had to write a new piece for a full orchestra and get it performed.
In choir composing news, I’ve just finished a new communion setting for 3 churches in Edinburgh – this will be premiered in October. See a preview of the score here – it’s for choir and/or congregation, accompanied by organ. It can be sung with just a unison line, or SATB choir.
I’ll be attending the Association of British Choral Directors’ Convention in Manchester (at the RNCM) from 28-30 August – come along, listen and pick up a catalogue! I’m representing a collective of Scottish composers – myself, John Hearne, Rebecca Rowe, Ed Jones and Steven Griffin. Three of my works will also be featured in the reading sessions – “Come Away, Death” (SATB, easy), “Good King Wenceslas” (SABar, easy), and the first ever performance of “Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep” (SATB, medium).
Also a new piece just added – “Bright Star” for SSATBB choir. See the score here – written as part of the Choralnet Showcase Dare, in just one week.
New piece! Child In The Manger – SA and piano (could also be accompanied by harp, organ, or guitar). Single copies £1.50, PDF £20.
New piece! Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep – SATB (no divisi), medium difficulty, 3′, ideal for a memorial event but would also make a lovely concert piece. Single copies £1.50, PDF £25.
New recording – Patapan for SSA choir, performed by the Carvetii Trio. See the score here – email me to place an order, £1.50 per copy or £25 to print as many as you need.
Delighted to announce that several of my works will now be published by NoteNova Publishing! Based in Pennsylvania, they offer a wide range of beautiful choral music, and I’m very proud to be alongside my fellow composers there. In their catalogue so far: Carmina Gadelica, my three-piece set of “God To Enfold Me”, “Come I This Day” and “The Peace Of God” (all now available for SSA, SABar, ATB or TBarB choirs); Good King Wenceslas for SABar choir; In The Bleak Midwinter for SATB choir; Nunc Dimittis for SATB or TTBB choir; and my arrangement of We Three Kings for SATB choir.
And over here, I’ve just added a new piece for young choirs – It’s Raining – 3′, unison choir and piano, easy for choir and slightly tricky for piano, fabulous words by Alastair MacIver.
Composing is going to be on hold for a while as my wife and I have just had our second child! (Zoe, a sister to our 2-year-old daughter Robin).
But if you’d like to order music, or discuss a commission for 2016 (or late 2015), now would be a very good time to do so as we try to support our growing family.
New recording – listen to the new “Nunc Dimittis” for ATBarB (also available for TTBB or SATB).
Latest pieces – order now and get a world premiere:
Drop, Drop, Slow Tears – for SSA trio
St Paul Responses – for SATB choir and cantor. Responses for Anglican evensong or similar services.
A Mother’s Blessing – for SATB choir, easy. A beautiful piece for a baptism or christening, no divisi and simple to learn.
The above are £1-£1.50 per copy, or £20-£25 for a PDF to print infinite copies.
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (in Latin) for SSABar, SATB, ATBarB, or TTBB choir
See the Magnificat for SATB here (soprano and tenor soloists required, fairly tricky)
and the Nunc Dimittis for SATB here (some divisi for sopranos, moderate difficulty).
Price is £40 for a PDF of the set (or £3 per single copy).
O Praise The Lord Ye Angels Of His is now available on St Giles Cathedral Choir’s new CD “O Clap Your Hands” – order from McAlister Matheson Music in Edinburgh (UK orders here, international orders here).