Music by choir type:
Easy SATB / Medium SATB / Difficult SATB / SATB accompanied / Children’s choirs or unison voices / SABar / upper voices / lower voices
And by type of music: liturgical / secular / Christmas / chamber music and solo works / #choirsagainstracism
For all recordings in one place, see my SoundCloud page.
Choirs Against Racism now has four FREE pieces for choirs!
- “Welcome Carol”, a unison carol to support refugees (easy enough for even primary school choirs) – performances coming up on 10th Dec (Inverness) and 18th Dec (Glasgow)
- “Of Equality” by Jessica Rudman, words by Walt Whitman (for choir and piano, fairly easy)
- a three-part setting of John Donne’s “No Man Is An Island” (SSA, SABar or TBarB, fairly easy) – at least one performance coming up in 2017
- “I Was Listening To A Pogrom” (words by Michael Rosen), set for singer(s), speaking chorus, and piano (slightly trickier but worth it).
Many upcoming Christmas performances!
Inverness NYCoS choirs will give a performance of “Welcome Carol” from #choirsagainstracism on 10th December, 2pm in Culduthel Christian Centre, Inverness;
Voces Inauditae will perform “In The Bleak Midwinter” in a concert on 2nd December, 4pm in Old St Paul’s Church, Edinburgh;
New College Choir in Edinburgh will also be singing “In The Bleak Midwinter” in their carol service on 9th December;
Cumbernauld Choir will sing “Child In The Manger” in their Christmas concert on 9th December, 7.30pm in St Mungo’s Church Hall, Cumbernauld;
and Wimbledon Choral Society will premiere “Adeste Fideles” (a new commission) on 17th December, 6pm in St Paul’s Southfields, London.
A new project – Choirs Against Racism, including a new piece with lyrics by Michael Rosen (Children’s Laureate). All the music on that page will be free to use for political causes against racism, xenophobia and hatred. #choirsagainstracism
The score for Mary Morison (SSATB) is now published – see it here. Suitable for most choirs, could be learnt by ear, £1.50 per copy or £25 for a PDF. Thanks to to the Deutscher Chor of London who premiered it in Buckingham Palace earlier this month!
Thanks also to Icosa Choir for premiering The Lord’s Prayer this month! Recording now up on Soundcloud!
Some lovely feedback from Neil Ferris at Wimbledon Choral Society: ‘I am really delighted with Chris’s carol for WCS and we are all looking forward to performing in December. It has all you could want for a carol; jaunty rhythms, beautiful harmonies and a noisy finish!’ They’ll premiere “Adeste Fideles” on 17th December – details on the Wimbledon Choral Society website. If you’d like to commission a piece from me, more details here.
Also you can now listen to the recording of Janya, my piece for Adopt A Composer, performed by the Jan Modelski Community Orchestra!
A bit of international news: Chautauqua Community Chorus will perform “Balulalow” and “Child In The Manger” in Gladstone, Oregon, this Christmas.
Some upcoming performances to announce!
The Lord’s Prayer will be premiered by Icosa Choir in London in October;
Mary Morison was commissioned by the Deutscher Chor London and they’ll premiere it in Buckingham Palace(!) in October;
Thou Knowest, Lord, The Secrets Of Our Hearts will be performed by Libricini in Norfolk in October;
Child In The Manger will be performed by Cumbernauld Choral Society this Christmas;
Adeste Fideles was commissioned by Wimbledon Choral Society and will be premiered in St Paul’s Wimbledon this Christmas;
Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep will be performed by the Oriel Singers in Cheltenham in November.
Thanks to all of the above – more details coming soon!
And two new two-part arrangements added – Loch Lomond and A Red Red Rose. Both are written for SA but could be performed by any 2-part group – single copies of each are 50p, and a PDF to print infinite copies is £10 (or £15 for both together).
Thanks to all involved in “Janya”, which had a wonderful premiere on 9th July! Here’s my write-up. I’d love to hear from anyone interested in giving the second performance – it’s ideal for community orchestras, and I’m working on rescoring it to make it more flexible in instrumentation. If you’d like to see the score, please email me.
Here are a few comments from the premiere:
“It was fantastic and the group seemed to love performing it, it suited them so well and pushed them into new areas (loved the sound effects)”
“The piece by the young composer was absolutely brilliant and the orchestra played it beautifully! It seemed as if he composed it using the orchestra’s constellation eg strong brass section as a strength. I loved it”
This was commissioned through the Adopt A Composer scheme by Sound and Music, PRS Foundation and the Dorothy Green Trust.
I wrote some programme notes for Janya, my #AdoptAComposer piece – here they are! The concert will be on a BBC Radio 3 broadcast, I’ll update this once I know.
I’m also very happy to announce two more forthcoming commissions – a new Christmas piece for Wimbledon Choral Society, and a new piece for Napier University Chamber Choir in 2017! If you’d like to commission a piece for your choir, please get in touch.
Final score and parts have been sent off for #AdoptAComposer, and I was in Chester on 23rd April for a final session with the orchestra. Here are some of the orchestra and me with the little elephant (statue) who inspired the piece:
Here’s the recording of “Dominus Regnavit” from last month! Hope you like it. Please share via Twitter or Facebook if so.
And I’ve just finished a commissioned arrangement of “Mary Morrison” for the German Choir of London, which will be performed in Buckingham Palace in October! Copies will be available after that – email me if you’d like to see a sample (it’s for SSATB, suitable for amateur choirs, especially if you have more voices in upper sections).
My folk song arrangements of Ye Banks and Braes (2-part) and a set of three for SABar (Afton Water, A Red Red Rose and Jock O’ Hazeldean) are now available from Spartan Press.
I was delighted to be one of the composers selected for the final stages of Bristol University’s Old Hispanic Office project for composition – 10 choral composers and 10 instrumental composers were selected. Instrumental works were performed by Kokoro Ensemble, and the choral works by Bristol Cathedral Choir and Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford – the latter group included my Dominus Regnavit for SATB choir and organ!
Here’s the most recent blog entry for #AdoptAComposer. And I’m pleased to announce that “A Mother’s Blessing” and “Child In The Manger” will soon be published by NoteNova.
On the 8th of February, “God To Enfold Me” (in an SATB version) was performed by King’s Voices directed by Ben Parry – in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge!
My “Adopt A Composer” piece for the Jan Modelski Chamber Orchestra is coming along well – writing for an orchestra with very variable forces is tricky, but it’s working out so far.
For church choirs, you can now hear all my Easter music in one playlist below:
I still have several commission slots open for 2016, and would really love to hear from anyone interested in commissioning new work – here are some details of my previous commissioned work, always well received.
New #AdoptAComposer blog entry! More about my first workshop of going through ideas with JMCO, and some interesting stuff about elephants…
And “Thou Knowest, Lord, The Secrets Of Our Hearts” has been featured on Choralnet as a Silver Platter award winner (SSAA, quite tricky but rewarding). I’d love to hear from any choir interested in doing the second-ever performance of it – a US premiere is still available.
New recording just added – “Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep”:
See the score here – SATB (no divisi), would suit 4 soloists. Only £25 for a PDF to print unlimited copies, or £1.50 per single copy.
Two premieres! On Sunday 29th November at 6pm, the Quodlibet Chorale in Edinburgh gave the premiere of my “O Clavis David” as part of an Advent Service at Greyfriars Kirk (alongside pieces by Esenvalds, Gjeilo, Dubbra, Part, Tavener, MacMillan and Lukaszewski – it sat very well in that company). The piece is for SSAATTBB choir, and fairly challenging – see the score here. And George Watson’s College girls’ choir, Cantemus, gave the Scottish premiere of “Child In The Manger” (SA and piano, medium easy) in their service of Nine Lessons and Carols at St Giles Kirk, Edinburgh – hear a recording.
Thanks also to Ralph Earwicker and Harkness Ladies’ choir, who gave the world premiere on November 7th in Yorkshire and are performing it a few more times over the Christmas season.
On Nov 5th, I went to Chester to meet with the Jan Modelski Community Orchestra as part of Adopt A Composer. I’ve also started a blog about the project – keep up with all my progress here.
My new communion setting was performed at a joint service of three Edinburgh churches, on Sunday 25th October at 11am – full details here, thanks to all who came! All three churches (Greyfriars Kirk, Augustine URC and St Columba’s by the Castle) will use the setting regularly over the next year. If you’d like to see the music, here’s the score – it’s for choir and/or congregation, accompanied by organ. It can be sung with just a unison line, or SATB choir, or both.
New music added in the last few months
O Clavis David for SSAATTBB choir, 4′, suitable for Advent. On the tricky side but should be possible for good amateur choirs. Single copies £2, PDF £30.
Videntes Stellam for SSATTB choir, moderate difficulty, 3′. Version with piano reduction also available for perusal.
Child In The Manger – SA and piano (could also be accompanied by harp, organ, or guitar)
Dominus Regnavit for SATB choir and organ
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
“Bright Star” for SSATBB choir – written as part of the Choralnet Showcase Dare, in just one week
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.
These are all priced at £20-£30 for a PDF to print infinite copies, or £1-2 per printed single copy.