Music for Upper Voices

Across the Years

acrosstheyearsvsSeven contrasting and attractive movements, drawing on traditional songs and melodies, with the theme of music across the generations
(30 mins)
SA and piano
Alternative instrumentations
i. String quintet, piano duet and percussion
ii. Piano duet

Publisher: Prime Music PMVS 118
Recording: MMST/Prime CD 003
Commissioned by the Songtrees Project, first performed 13th June 2005

Can you count the stars?


S(A) and piano (4 mins)

Publisher: Oxford University Press ISBN 0-19-3511428




Christmas Pudding

Christmas PuddingAll your favourite carols stirred into one increasingly riotous pudding!
(4 mins)
SA and piano

Publisher: Prime Music PMVS 104a

Christmas Pudding SA VS excerpts

Good for you!

goodforyouvsSix attractive and tuneful songs for upper-Good for you! Vocal score excerpts-01voice choir, highlighting healthy living
(15 mins)
SA and piano (Piano duet accompaniment also available)
Publisher: Prime Music PMVS 117 (chorus part PMCP 117
Recording: Prime CD 003
Good for you! Sample Pages

How the Whale got his throat

(choral work – see Instrumental Works for version for narrator and orchestra)

Whale 3A tuneful and very attractive setting of Kipling’s famous poem

(15 mins) SA choir, narrator and instrumental ensemble (1,1,1,1; 1,0,0,0; harp, 2 perc, strings)

Publisher: Prime Music

Commissioned by the Green Lake Festival of Music

                                                 first performed July 1998


If you love me

(5 mins)                                                                                                                    SA and organ (or piano)

Publisher: Prime Music                                                                            Recording: PRCD 1220


Images of Youth

Images of youth VSSeven contrasting movements, being settings of Shakespeare, Kingsley, Gay, Blake, MacNeice and Douglas, celebrating the innocence and vitality of youth
(30 mins)
SA and orchestra (2/2,2,2,2: 4,2,3,1; timp+2 perc, strings (or just Piano duet)

Publisher: Plymouth Music Company
Vocal score: HLM 1001
Commissioned by Richmond Education Committee, first performed on 4th July 1993

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace

Peace image(4 mins)

SA and piano or organ

Publisher: Oxford University Press A448
Recording: PRCD 770

.Mayhem! The misfortune of Miss Maisy Murgatroyd

A power-struggle between teacher and class – with a tragic ending
(18 mins)
SA, mezzo solo, strings, perc and piano (or just piano)

Publisher: Prime Music
Vocal score: PMVS 101
Recording: PrimeCD 001


Musical Pie

Five contrasting light-hearted movements, using familiar folk melodies as well as original music and words
(15 mins)

Publisher: Prime Music
Vocal score: PMVS 102
Recording: Prime CD 001


Sing Africa

Three vibrant arrangements of African songs
(12 mins)
SSAA with piano and hand-drums

Publisher: Prime Music
Vocal score: PMVS116a

Sing Africa SSAA excerpts

Recording (of SATB version of Sing Africa): PrimeCD 005


Sinner man

Sinner Man(4 mins)
SSAA unaccompanied

Publisher: Lorenz
Vocal score: 15/1492
Commissioned by Piggott School, UK

Snow White

Adapted from the classic Grimms’ fairy tale
(30 mins)
SA choir, mezzo solo, narrator, string quintet, perc and piano (or piano alone)

Publisher: Prime Music
Vocal score: PMVS 106
Recording: PrimeCD 002
Commissioned by Green Lake Festival of Music, first performed 20th July 2002

South Downs Way

South Downs WayA suite of four movements, setting words by Philip Young
(16 mins)
SA and instrumental ensemble (flute, 2 clarinets, trpt, cello and piano) or just piano

Publisher: Prime Music
Commissioned by the Petersfield Musical Festival, first performed 14th March 2011


Te Deum

PraiseA lively and uplifting setting in English (We praise thee, O God)
(8 mins)
SA and piano (or organ)

Publisher: Prime Music
Vocal score: PMVS 114
Commissioned by the Burlington Boys’ Choir, USA, first performed on 29th May 2009


.Ten folk songs

Folk danceArrangements of traditional melodies
SSAA unaccompanied

Publisher: Novello
Vocal score: 16 0200


The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord's Prayer VSA beautiful and lyrical setting of the traditional text of the Lord’s Prayer
(3 mins)
SA and piano or organ

Publisher: Prime Music
Vocal Score: PMVS 112



The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Pied piper image

Robert Browning’s famous poetic tale, with lots of possibilities for dramatic representation as well as concert performance

(20 mins)
SA, tenor (or Sop) solo, narrator, piano (with opt. brass quintet and 2 perc)

Publisher: Prime Music
Vocal score: PMVS 105
Recording: PrimeCD 001
Commissioned by Green Lake Festival of Music, first performed 26th July 1997