SATB a cappella – medium

“Medium” difficulty means that having at least some readers in each section will be very helpful; these pieces should be approachable for any auditioned choir or church choir, and for some unauditioned choirs.

  • 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).
    Download a sample score
    Hear an audio demo
    Download a sample score with piano reduction
  • 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 a sample score. £20 for a PDF to print unlimited copies, or £1 per printed copy (plus postage if outside the UK).
  • “Three Memories of Kurdistan” is a set of pieces from my #choirsagainstracism
    project, all available in SSAATTBB versions. Visit the page for more. You can hear “In Springtime” from this set below:
  • New! O Clavis David – for SSAATTBB (could be done by 8 soloists, but would work much better with a larger choir). Quite challenging but rewarding. 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.
  • New! Mary Morison – 4′, SSATB choir a cappella, fairly easy. Copies £1.50, PDF £25. Hear it below:
  • New! Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep – SATB (no divisi), 3′, ideal for a memorial event but would also make a lovely concert piece. Single copies £1.50, PDF £25. You can hear it below:

  • New! Videntes Stellam – SSATBB, 3′, ideal for the few weeks after Christmas. Medium difficulty. See the score here (piano reduction provided). Single copies £1.50, PDF £25.
  • New! Bright Star – SSATBB, 3′, secular. Medium difficulty. The words are a sonnet on love by John Keats (1795-1821). See the score. Single copies £1.50, PDF £25.
  • Responses (for use in Anglican churches) for SATB choir (no divisi) – see the score. Single copies £1/$2, PDF £20/$30.
  • Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (in Latin) for SATB, ATBarB, or TTBB choir.
    See the Magnificat for SATB here (soprano and alto soloists required, fairly tricky) – £30 for a PDF or £2 per copy.
    and the Nunc Dimittis for SATB or TTBB here (published by NoteNova) (some divisi for sopranos, moderate difficulty).

  • Balulalow – choir only version or with a piano reduction. For SATB choir with soprano and baritone soli, fairly easy, 6′. Text in Scots – a pronunciation guide is provided. Hear a recording. Single copies £2/$3, PDF £30/$45.

  • We Three Kings (arrangement), published by NoteNova – for SATB choir, medium difficulty, 2’30”.

  • As The Rain Hides The Stars – for SATB choir (some divisi, min. 2 singers per part). Medium difficulty. World premiere available! Single copies £1.50, PDF £25.
  • O Mare! SATB or SSATBB, needs at least 4 people to a part but fairly easy. 5′. Latin. Secular, WP available. Copies £1.50, PDF £25.
  • Regis Regum Rectissimi – SSAATTBB choir, moderate difficulty, 5′. Latin. Winner of the Temple Church Composition Prize. Hear a recording. Copies £1.50, PDF £25.

See also my pieces for smaller mixed choirs (3-part, SABar and ATB) – most of these are easy rather than medium, but “Duncan Gray” and “Good King Wenceslas” would present a good amount of challenge for a choir.