Music written specifically for children’s choirs
- New! “Why We Sing” for 2-part choir and piano, ideal for children’s choir, with a third verse that can be rewritten to suit any cause that you want to sing about (the current version is about laws to protect the environment). Click here to download (Creative Commons licensed) – part of #ChoirsForClimate.
- “All My Friends Live In My Pocket” – a song about social media for children’s choir and piano, unison with some optional harmonies, this won second prize in the Children’s Choir Of Teh Internet’s composition competition! It was premiered by a school choir in Wisconsin on 16th May. Download a sample copy here (PDF). Recording available on request, hopefully coming to the site soon.
- We Are One Voice – available (with piano accompaniment) for unison voices, 2-part children’s choir, or SSA for more advanced young singers.
- Welcome Carol (unison voices, with piano and/or guitar) – free as part of #choirsagainstracism. A simple, gorgeous carol, showing how Jesus and his family gave welcome to strangers, were welcomed as refugees, and how we should do the same. Creative Commons license.
The wonderful Inverness NYCoS choir directed by John Thomson have recorded it below:
Version with piano accompaniment, 2 pages
Version with tune and guitar chords only, 1 page
- 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.
- It’s Raining – (3′, unison choir and piano, easy for choir and slightly tricky for piano – fabulous words by Alastair MacIver). Buy it from MusicSpoke.
- Under The Wide and Starry Sky – (2′, unison choir and piano, very easy – words by Robert Louis Stevenson). Buy it from MusicSpoke.
- It’s Raining and Under The Wide And Starry Sky will be published in NYCoS’ next 3-4-5-Note Songbook – ordering details to follow as soon as they’re available.
- The Water Cycle – 6′, children’s choir (SA with some optional divisi and solos), piano, vibraphone, xylophone and marimba (percussion instruments can easily be changed), and optional rainsticks. Copies £1.50, PDF £25.
- Child In The Manger – 3′, SA choir and piano, fairly easy. Available from MusicSpoke. The recording below is by a girls’ choir at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh, ages 13-17, but would be suitable for younger singers also.
Music for upper voices which could also be sung by children’s choirs
- The Rules – for 2-part choir and piano, optional divisi to 4 parts. This is a somewhat dark and angry piece and might not be suitable for very young singers. Part of #ChoirsForClimate – available under a Creative Commons license.
- Loch Lomond for 2-part SA choir, and both parts could be doubled by lower voices if you have some older singers on cambiata/tenor/baritone/bass – first verse with easy harmony, second verse can be sung to the same harmony or to a slightly more challenging version. Easy, 2 minutes. Single copies 50p, PDF £10.
- A Red Red Rose for 2-part SA choir. Easy, 2 minutes. Single copies 50p, PDF £10.
- Ye Banks and Braes for two-part choir – SA, SB or TB (or ST/AB). Please order this title from Spartan Press – click here to go to their website.
- 3 Churches Communion Setting – can be performed by unison choir and organ (i.e. treble voices only, if desired). Commissioned by 3 churches in Edinburgh. Purchase from MusicSpoke – a congregation-only version (4 pages) is also available, £1 per copy or free with the PDF of the full version.
- Carmina Gadelica is now published by NoteNova, and available for SSA choirs – easy enough to be sung by younger choirs. See http://notenova.com/catalog/composer/chris-hutchings/ for a list of my works on NoteNova.
- Crux Fidelis – unison version with organ – 1′, trebles or unison choir. Copies 50p, PDF £10.
- I Know That My Redeemer Liveth – unison version with organ – 2′, unison choir with organ. Copies £1, PDF £20.