MazeMusic

See our repertoire listed in repertoire resources SATB & SAB, Community, Youth, Cambiata & Children’s Voices, Upper Voices.

MazeMusic publishes choral music by Janet Wheeler and by Sarah Cattley. For news updates, recordings and to order scores visit their individual websites.

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for score videos of 18 works, including sacred and secular, Christmas, lighter and more serious pieces. An hour of music performed by the Maze Consort and conducted by Janet Wheeler.

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New from MazeMusic in 2020-21

New for Christmas

The Gift on the Living by Janet Wheeler

A lively setting of a text from Carmina Gadelica suitable for Advent and Christmas.

Duration: 4’30”

New anthem

Hale Sterne Superne by Sarah Cattley

Hale Sterne Superne is a setting of three verses from a Scots poem in praise of Mary by William Dunbar. The piece was a commission for a virtual assumption evensong in summer 2020, put together by present company (Beatrix Swanson Scott and Morgan Edward Overton). The poem has a fantastic lilting rhythm, and this setting has no divisi, making it suitable for smaller ensembles.

New piano duet version

The Ceaseless Round of Circling Planets by Janet Wheeler

Originally written in 2016 for the Thaxted Festival, The Ceaseless Round of Circling Planets is a 20 min work for choir, orchestra and solo waterphone. A new piano duet reduction of the orchestral accompaniment (still with waterphone) was due to be premièred by Enfield Choral Society and Mark Sproson in April 2020 when Lockdown struck.

Listen to part of movement 3 from the 2016 première – with unearthly waterphone sounds, Orlando Gibbons’ hymn Eternal ruler of the ceaseless round and a nod to Holst.

New recordings

Two of Sarah’s pieces, Sicut Cervus and Song of Hope, will appear on a new CD by Caritas Chamber Choir under their director Benedict Preece.

Crossing the Bar: Music for Reflection and Hope is due to be released this autumn under the Ulysses Arts label. This will be the third Caritas disc to feature Sarah’s music since she was the choir’s Composer of the Year in 2017.

Janet’s piece The Christmas Life has been recorded by Choros and Janet Lincé as part of their CD: A sense of Advent.

See MazeMusic’s repertoire submissions SATB & SAB, Community, Youth, Cambiata & Children’s Voices, Upper Voices. for more details and a perusal score.


Gordon Thornett

See Gordon’s submissions in the Member Composers repertoire resource.

New Christmas settings for choirs by Gordon Thornett

Are you looking for something new for Christmas? If so, you’ve come to the right place!

I’ve been a choral singer for most of my life, including over 35 years as a member of the CBSO Chorus.  I’ve also conducted and written and arranged music for various choirs. Please have a look at some of the Christmas repertoire listed below – and let me know if you’d like any further information or free inspection copies. You can contact me at gtbham@me.com.

The following list also appears on my website, www.newcarols.com, where you can click on any title to hear a recording or video of each piece. Please give it a try!

Settings for mixed choir (SATB)

Noel!

See amid the winter’s snow
Rise up, shepherd
Star of the East
Bright was the Star
Guiding Star

A jazzy new setting in 7/8 time of the traditional carol
New setting of these well-known words

Spiritual arrangement + optional oboe/fl solo
Haunting setting of ‘Brightest and Best’
SATB setting of a poem by Brian Holmes
A new lively 7/8 setting of ‘As with gladness’

OUP

OUP

OUP
OUP
self published
self published

All of the above were written for the CBSO Chorus, and orchestrations are available, although piano or organ accompaniment would prove equally effective.

Kling no Klokka
Let the church bells ring!
Star of Wonder
Lo, in the cold of winter deep
Little lamb, who made thee?
What Child is this?

Written for Nidaros Cathedral Boys’ Choir
English version of ‘Kling no Klokka’

Reflective setting of ‘We three Kings’
Advent setting – words by Julie M Myers

Simple a cappella setting of Blake’s poem

‘Greensleeves’ carol, arranged for SATB choir with soprano soloist

self published
self published

self published

Shawnee

self published
Norsk Musikforlag

Settings for children’s choirs

The sleepy shepherd boy
Christmastime in the eyes of a child
Christmas is coming

Written for CBSO Children’s Choir (unis./SA)

Unison or 2-pt (secular) with piano

A simple unison piece for quite young children

self published

self published

self published

Upper voices (SSA)

Sweet chiming Christmas bells
The Angels’ song

A jolly arrangement for voices and piano, incorporating ‘Ding dong merrily on high’
New setting of ‘It came upon the midnight clear’

self published

Faber

Larger scale pieces

Gloria in D

Festive Overture

for mixed choir (SATB), soprano solo, brass, timps & organ
The joy of Christmas (orchestra and chorus)

self published

Faber

Useful links

My self published pieces can be seen/heard at the following websites:

For OUP, Faber, Norsk and Shawnee publications, please search under my name or click on the following links:


David Fawcett

See David’s submissions in the Member Composers repertoire resource.

Cantata: A sure refuge

The story of the Mayflower Pilgrims, told for our own time

Facing persecution by an intolerant regime in their homeland, a minority religious group face the terrible choice of abandoning their faith or leaving their homes behind. They decide to flee in secret, to seek refuge in another country where they may be free to practice their religion in peace. But they face a difficult and life-threatening journey to get there. Exploited by unscrupulous people-traffickers, robbed of all they have, set adrift on rough seas in unseaworthy boats, betrayed, captured and returned, only to try again, they eventually manage to cross the border sea and start with industry and perseverance to build their lives anew. But before long they are forced to flee again.

The year is 1620, and a community of non-conformist Christians from the East Midlands have spent the last 12 years in Holland, escaping religious persecution in James I’s England. But looming religious war with Catholic Spain threatens to rob them of their hard-won freedom. They make their way back to England, meeting others on the way to their eventual final embarkation from Plymouth on board the ship, Mayflower, with the hope of finding a land they can call their own, a sure refuge in the New World.

Commissioned with funding from Arts Council England as part of the Mayflower400 commemorations, A sure refuge is a substantial new cantata by David Fawcett telling the story of the Separatists, with a text based on contemporary accounts and the Book of Psalms.

Alternating narrative recitatives with choral settings of the Psalms with which the Separatists reflect upon their experiences, the cantata uses contrasting styles, from the lyrical to the dramatic, moving through the piece as a whole from conflict towards resolution. The choral material throughout is accessible, tuneful and comfortably within the technical range of most amateur choirs.

Exploring themes of persecution, alienation, exploitation and refuge, and drawing on the timeless Book of Psalms, A sure refuge is as relevant a reflection upon our own era as it is a historical account of the Mayflower Pilgrims of Jacobean England. It is a thought-provoking and moving work, which will engage both choirs and audiences, providing space to reflect upon their own response to contemporary events.

A sure refuge is set for Mezzo, Tenor and Baritone soloists, mixed choir, strings, piano, three horns and timpani. With 16 varied movements, in total it is 50 minutes long. It will receive its first performance by Gainsborough Choral Society in Lincolnshire in November 2021.

An introduction to A sure refuge, including a recording of its Overture, can be seen in this video: https://youtu.be/GhgKnVV1rnY

Videos of the remaining choral movements and further information, including a movement-by-movement description of the work, can be found on the composer’s website.

Sample pages from each of the choral movements and the Overture can be viewed here.

Vocal scores, full score and orchestral parts are available from the composer to buy or to hire, either option at very reasonable rates. Please contact David Fawcett to receive a without-prejudice quote tailored to your own specific requirements.

View sample pages from A sure refuge