Multitude of Voyces

Multitude of Voyces is a registered nonprofit organisation which makes creative use of music and words to address issues of underrepresentation and marginalisation, focussing on the world of choral church-music. We pay particular attention to gender, people of colour, LGBT+ inclusion, physical or mental health, learning difficulty or disability, and sensory impairment.

We draw together experts working in multiple disciplines to help us develop imaginative and creative responses to identified issues of social-justice.

  • We research, prepare and publish sheet-music and related written content
  • we support composers and writers through the process of publication, providing advantageous terms and support
  • we devise and present intergenerational church-music workshops and church services (including inter-faith events)
  • we advocate for greater Inclusion and Diversity within the broader field of classical music
  • we collaborate with other organisations which share our charitable aims
  • we work with teachers, performers and places of learning (including Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and Special Education) to develop long-lasting strategies for change.

Our groundbreaking Anthology series Sacred Music by Women Composers addresses the severe underrepresentation of women composers within [traditional] Anglican worship, and the historical impact of this underrepresentation within both church and secular society. These volumes draw women composers together in number, as a community, in a way in which they have never been presented before.

Each volume focusses on a different aspect of repertoire and provides a balance of works, incorporating historically-unpublished material alongside contemporary and specially-commissioned works. Each volume incorporates stylistically-varied and contrasting music and texts, ranging from easy solos through to major works for professional choirs. The project draws in historians, archivists, biographers, editors, composer trusts and private individuals.

In addition to benefitting living composers our Anthology series also raises awareness of those overlooked through historical prejudice or disadvantageous social-norms. It provides teachers, choral directors, church musicians and other educators with resources with which to improve their church, school and wider repertoire within an informed context. [A series of lesson plans for GCSE Music, based on these volumes, will follow in 2022]. 

In addition to our Anthology series two further projects are currently in progress: our Inclusive hymn collection, and Makaton Mass. For further information on these two projects please contact the Director.

Financing

Our projects are financed through loans, sponsorship, private donations, grants and through the income from sales of our resources (after production and distribution costs). We benefit from regular support from academics and others able to donate specialised work ‘pro bono’ for projects, however we have no regular funding stream for our ongoing costs. Our work sits ‘outside’ traditional church-music projects and funding is hard to find. Professional fees are paid where possible, but more than half of our work to date has had to be donated in kind; over the coming year we need urgently to address this situation and welcome your support.

In late 2021 Multitude of Voyces will convert to registered charity status.


Volume 1 – SATB Anthems

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  1. Raphaella Aleotti – Angelus ad pastores ait
  2. Rani Arbo – Crossing the Bar
  3. Judith Bingham – The Pilgrimes Travels
  4. Sulpitia Cesis -Stabat Mater
  5. Fanny Hensel – Gebet in der Christnacht
  6. Imogen Holst – A Hymne to Christ
  7. Sarah MacDonald – Crux fidelis
  8. Cecilia McDowall – The Lord is Good
  9. Maria Peruchona – Cessate, tympana
  10. Elizabeth Poston – Sing unto the Lord
  11. Gail Randall – The Call
  12. Louise Reichardt – Weihnachtslied (Christmas Carol)
  13. Anna Semple – Drop down, ye heavens
  14. Undine Smith Moore – We shall walk through the valley
  15. Ethel Smyth – Komm, süßer Tod
  16. Olivia Sparkhall – Dona nobis pacem
  17. Greta Tomlins – Let all the world in every corner sing
  18. Joanna Ward – Hail, O Queen
  19. Judith Weir – Leaf from leaf Christ Knows
  20. Janet Wheeler – Alleluia, I heard a voice
  21. Helen Williams – Great is your faithfulness
  22. Alison Willis – I sing of a maiden

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Volume 2 – Upper Voices Anthems

  1. Amy Bebbington: I sing of a maiden (SSS/A)
  2. Judith Bingham: Les Saintes Maries de la Mer (SSA (some divisi))
  3. Lili Boulanger: Pie Jesu (S & organ)
  4. Hilary Campbell: Our Endless Day (SSA & harp or piano)
  5. Rebecca Clarke: Ave Maria (SAA)
  6. Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade: Car auprès de toi (SSSSAA)
  7. Carlotta Ferrari: Songs for Hildegard
    ii. Nos sumus in mundo (SA)
    iii. Quasi aurora (SA)
  8. Angelina Figus: Hodie Christus natus est (SSA)
  9. Joanna Forbes L’Estrange: Give us grace (SSA (& optional piano))
  10. Bianca Maria Furgeri: Ego flos campi (SSA)
  11. Margie Harrison: The Lord is my shepherd (SSSA (some divisi))
  12. Hildegard von Bingen: O virtus Sapientie (S)
  13. Carol J Jones: All shall be well (SSA & harp or piano)
  14. Linda Kachelmeier: O vis eternitatis (SSS)
  15. Caroline Lesemann-Elliott: Regina Caeli (SS & continuo)
  16. Sarah MacDonald: O beata Trinitas (S (some divisi) & organ)
  17. Gemma McGregor: Love was his meaning (SSA & harp)
  18. Morfydd Owen: He prayeth best who loveth best (S & piano or organ)
  19. Roxanna Panufnik: Ubi Caritas (SS & piano)
  20. Julia Perry: How beautiful are the feet (S & piano or organ)
  21. Elizabeth Poston: Te lucis ante terminum (S (& semi-chorus) A & harp or piano)
  22. Clara Schumann: Let earth’s wide circle round (SSS)
  23. Olivia Sparkhall: Lux Aeterna (SSSSSS & harp or piano)
  24. Grace Williams: Psalm 150 (SS & organ) (Welsh or English)

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Volume 3 – Advent to Candlemas

  1. Amy Beach: Lord, now lettest thou (Nunc dimittis) (SATB & optional organ)
  2. Judith Bingham: Lo! the star (SSAATTBB & organ)
  3. Kerensa Briggs: A tender shoot (SSATB)
  4. Maddalena Casulana: Attesa/Expectation (SATB) (Italian or English)
  5. Sarah Cattley: Ivy, chief of trees it is (SA or TBar solos, SATB (some divisi))
  6. Avril Coleridge-Taylor: The Shepherd (TBar & piano)
  7. Libby Croad: Silent night (SATB)
  8. Melanie DeMore: Blessed be! (SATB & walking stick)
  9. Emily Hazrati: Coventry Carol (SSAATTBB)
  10. Tamsin Jones: Noel: Verbum caro factum est (SABarB or TBarBB)
  11. Hannah Kendall: Nativity (SSA soloists, SSA)
  12. Isabella Leonarda: Alma Redemptoris Mater (SATB & continuo)
  13. Sarah MacDonald: Hymn for the Feasts of St Joseph (T solo, TBarB & optional A) (English with optional German)
  14. Elizabeth Maconchy: Nowell, Nowell, Nowell (SAT/B)
  15. Emma Mundella: The Desert (SATB & optional organ & S descant)
  16. Helena Paish: While Mary Slept (S solo, SSAATTBB)
  17. Maria Theresia von Paradis: Es ist ein’ Ros’ (SS & piano)
  18. Katharine Parton: Gaudebat et Ridebat! (SSATB & snare drum)
  19. Yshani Perinpanayagam: In Bethlehem above (SATB)
  20. Sheena Phillips: The Christmas Bird (SATB & flute)
  21. Elizabeth Poston: The Lamb (S or T & piano)
  22. Rhian Samuel: Rhyfedd, rhyfedd/Wonder, wonder (SATB & organ) (Welsh or English) please revisit this page for information about the world premiere of this work.
  23. Olivia Sparkhall: Gabriel’s Message (S & T solos, SAT/B & piano)
  24. Amy Summers: Nunc dimittis (SATB)
  25. Alice Tegnér arr. Sarah MacDonald: Bethlehem’s star/Betlehems stjärna (S & B solos, SSAATTB & organ) (English with optional Swedish)
  26. Alison Willis: There is no rose (SSAATTBB)

Composers with submissions featured in repertoire resources Amy Bebbington, Sarah Cattley, Olivia Sparkhall, Janet Wheeler

What they are saying

‘Thank you for undertaking this important work, which will benefit our work here enormously.’

Jared Johnson, Trinity Cathedral, Columbia (US)

‘Every cathedral and major parish church in the land with a choir should have copies – and that’s just for starters.’

Jonathan Manners, Manager, BBC Singers

‘It’s not often that anthologies maintain this level of excellence.’

Edward Higginbottom Emeritus Professor of Choral Music, University of Oxford

‘These volumes will serve the effect of transforming our repertoire focus.’

Dr Tim Williams, Director of Music, St Wulfrum’s Church, Grantham

‘It is inspiring to find the words and music of many talented women brought together in this new collection of sacred music.’

Gemma McGregor, composer

‘The choral music ‘publishing event’ of the last couple of years may well have been the release of Multitude of Voyces’ Sacred Music by Women Composers.’

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‘These volumes are an absolute treasure-trove of forgotten and new choral music.’

Alison Willis, composer

‘I’m really so excited by this book- it’s just perfect for us!!’

Laura Brown, Director of Music, Octavian Singers

‘I don’t think I’ve sung more than a couple of songs by women in the years I’ve been singing, and I really felt the impact of just holding a book full of women’s music.’

Heather, choral singer

‘With the advent of projects and books such as Multitude of Voyces’, women composers can see that they do have a tradition to be part of, a tradition that goes back over a thousand years and will only continue to grow with the burgeoning discovery of music by women in all eras of music. I can only imagine what there is yet to discover in libraries all over the world’.

Judith Bingham OBE, composer