SATB a cappella – difficult

“Difficult” – these pieces require a choir who can all read music fairly fluently and who are comfortable with some clashes, unusual harmonies and awkward time signatures, but they are very rewarding for a choir who enjoy some challenge. All would be approachable by a typical auditioned university, cathedral or college choir.

Secular pieces

  • Sleep (5′, SATB, difficult) Words by William Drummond of Hawthornden (1585-1649). Copies £1.50, PDF £25.
  • The Toads’ Chorus (4′, six-part choir, difficult). English. Secular. Copies £1.50, PDF £25.
  • Also see “Three Memories of Kurdistan” at #choirsagainstracism, available for SSAATTBB.

Sacred music

  • The Lord’s Prayer – for SATB soloists and small SATB choir (could be done by two SATB solo quartets). Professional difficulty. Part of a Compline setting commissioned by St Mary’s Schola, Arlington, Virginia. PDF £30, single copies £2.50.
    Most recent performance by Icosa Choir, October 2016, listen below:
  • New! O Clavis David – for SSAATTBB (could be done by 8 soloists, but would work much better with a larger choir). A setting of one of the O Antiphons. Commissioned by the Quodlibet Chorale and premiered in Edinburgh, November 2015 (alongside settings by Gjeilo, Esenvalds, MacMillan, Rubbra and Lukaszewski). PDF £25, single copies £2.
  • Rest Eternal / O Saviour Of The World – for SATB choir (no divisi) and optional organ (from “Requiem”). Requires accurate tuning of semitones for ATB parts. PDF £25, single copies £2.
  • Speravi in Te – SATB choir with divisi, challenging, 5′. Latin. Version with piano reduction also available. Commissioned by Choir and Organ Magazine for their New Music series. Winner of the New London Singers Composition Prize, June 2012 – hear a recording here. Single copies £2, PDF £25.