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Choral Music

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Comes the Light Picture of carol singersAn a cappella setting for SATB of a poem which invites the audience to "Sing Out" for joy at the birth of the Saviour.  3'26"
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Sir Christemas* Sir Christemas imageA setting of the medieval poem of the same name


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Alleluia Alleluia score coverAnother setting of  yet another medieval poem


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The Bee Carol Bee hives in winterA setting of Carol Anne Duffy's "Bee Carol" making a feature of musical clusters".

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The Braes o' Gleniffer* Stanely CastleA setting for SATB and choir of a poem by Robert Tannahill in which a woman reflects on memories of her lover, inspired by the Braes of the title.  4'26"
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The next three pieces comprise "The Fair Rosamond" Trilogy
         
The Maze of Love* Fair Rosamond in her BowerThe lyric imagines the young Rosamond as she falls in love with King Henry II, as is installed in a bower in a maze in the grounds of Woodstock Palace.  She is captivated by love, then comes to realise she is captivated in a more dangerous sense. "  3'40" image of loudspeaker  
         
Rosa Mundi* A setting for SATB and organ of a new poem by Anna Robinson, commemorating Rosamond Clifford, mistress of Henry II, and written for Woodstock Music Society.  5'08" image of loudspeaker  
         
Godstow* GodstowA setting for SATB of the poem by Robert Southey immortalising the Fair Rosamond and her resting place in Godstow, just outside Oxford.    4'39"
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* Please note the sound files marked * on this page are electronic renderings
direct from the scores - not recordings of actual performances
         
Winter Bells A light hearted Xmas piece for SATB and piano, lyric by Anna Robinson  3'12"

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The Dream of the Magi* A new piece for Xmas retelling the story of the Magi and their dealings with Herod.    5'44"

   
         
         
 

The next three pieces comprise the collection "Supernatural Ballads" for SATB and brass band, a setting of the poems:

 Sir Patrick Spens
The Wife of Usher's Well
The Twa Corbies

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c.17'30"
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 (SATB + Brass Band)
 
  Please note: the scores below are all for choir with piano accompaniment.  Please contact me for details about brass band parts.      
The Wife of Usher's Well* A good woman loses her three sons, but is revisited by their spirits. SATB and piano.  6'05"
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The Twa Corbies* Two crows are overheard in their grisly musings about a dead knight one has found. SATB and piano. 4'00"
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is with band
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Sir Patrick Spens* Sir Patrick is presented with a thankless task by the king:it all ends badly.SATB and piano. 7'24" Audio is with band image of loudspeaker  
       
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 "The Dalmeny Stones" - SATB choir and brass band  *

 

picture of score Dalmeny StonesThis is a piece for SATB choir and brass band in 6 movements inspired by Dalmeny Kirk near Edinburgh, and the stonework around its south doorway. The movements are Procession; Plainsong; The King; Manticore; Agnus Dei; Terrebolen; Procession (reprise).  There is much more more information on the piece here. If you go to that page, you will find information the inspiration for the piece, a further link to view a PDF of the band and vocal score, and links to mp3s of the individual movements. Click here to visit "The Dalmeny Stones" information page. image of loudspeaker  
 
Gloria (SATB)* This is a lively setting of part of the "Gloria" text for SATB choir, organ and brass band. Band parts cover if there is no organ available.  Quite straightforward for band and choir.        3'51" image of loudspeaker  
Gloria (TTBB) As above, for male voice choir