Music for orchestra

Original works

Janya, arrangement for large orchestra (written for Making Music and Adopt A Composer)

This piece is essentially a tone poem telling the life story of a little elephant – written for Jan Modelski Community Orchestra, Chester, as part of the 2016 Adopt A Composer scheme. The arrangement here requires winds (3-3-3-2 minimum), brass (4-3-3-1), strings, and at least 1 percussion player. It is also possible to replace up to 3 of the brass (1 trumpet, 1 horn, 1 trombone) with saxophones.

The original version is also available – for 5-6 flutes, 2 oboes, 5-6 clarinets, 1 bass clarinet, soprano sax, tenor sax, alto sax, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, 2 horns, euphonium, tuba, strings and percussion. I’m happy to do rearrangements on request!


I have produced several arrangements for orchestra, and am happy to arrange pieces on commission, for a reasonable rate (roughly £50 per minute of music – negotiable depending on complexity and number of instruments, email me for details). Some examples are below.

Luckington – fanfare and arrangement – original by Basil Harwood

This is a full orchestra arrangement (full strings, woodwind by twos, 2tpt, 4hn, 3trb, tuba, 3perc, SATB choir) – it has a long brass and organ fanfare at the start, and a two-trumpet descant in the second verse. Hear a recording at SoundCloud or view the score.

Carnival of the Animals / Carnaval des Animaux – original by Camille Saint-Saens

These were originally arranged for the Dick Vet Orchestra of Edinburgh University for a concert in March 2010 (small orchestra version) and rearranged for large orchestra for Cumbria Youth Orchestra in October 2012. Saint-Saens died in 1921, so no copyright applies anywhere to the best of my knowledge.

Email me to order full scores and parts for all of these. Prices for PDFs of all scores and parts: small orchestra – £20 per movement or £70 for the whole set, large orchestra – £30 per movement or £100 for the whole set. Prices for sending you printed parts depend on the number of parts required – email for a quote.

If you would like to order individual parts for any of these, or would like them rearranged for your orchestra, please get in touch.

Other arrangements available on request (to be uploaded): an arrangement of “Loch Lomond” and “Danny Boy” for small orchestra and choir; Ravel’s “Pavane pour une Infante Defunte”; Pachelbel’s Canon; “The Armadillo” and “The Hippopotamus” by Flanders and Swann (arranged under licence from Faber Music)… Contact me for more information.