Oxford University Press
O Splendour of God’s Glory
for SATB and organ
This energetic setting of words by St Ambrose of Milan is a real showstopper. With pop-influences and a sparkling organ part, Young effortlessly fuses modern and traditional sound worlds, while changes in key and metre build up to an invigorating finish.
See amid the winter’s snow
for SATB unaccompanied.
This setting of Edward Caswall’s well-known text shows all the hallmarks of McGlade’s characteristic style, with changing time signatures, beguiling chromaticisms, and a beautiful, fluid melody.
Becky is newly signed to OUP, and there is a ‘Meet the Composer – In Conversation with Becky McGlade’ on the recorded steam of this Festival if you’d like to hear her talk about her work and hear more of her pieces.
Robert A. Harris
April Rain Song
for SSATB unaccompanied.
This atmospheric setting of the celebrated poem ‘April Rain Song’ by the Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes captures the sense of comfort and security while listening to rainfall. The ebb and flow, careful phrasing, and rich harmony make this an ideal ensemble piece.
Robert A. Harris is Professor Emeritus at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, Illinois. He has been a visiting professor at Wayne State, the University of Texas in Austin, and the University of South Africa in Pretoria.
Let There Be Christmas
This service in song is a joyous celebration of hope and peace for the Christmas season. Using carols, narration, congregational participation and original anthems, this approachable work is the perfect choice for choirs of any size. Extra musical suggestions offer directors creative options for presentation, and the wonderfully crafted and colorful orchestrations by Brant Adams further enhance the festive potential of this thoughtful work.
I Am Power
The opening percussion in I Am Power mimics the sound of marching in this work that reflects on the power of young people to create meaningful change through protests and speaking out against injustice.
Originally written for the Phoenix Chorale in 2010, this shortened version of Ola Gjeilo’s Agnus Dei embraces its peaceful and introspective spirit.
Banks Music Publishers
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The Manger is Empty – a Sequence for Christmas
Sarah MacDonald is a Canadian-born UK-based organist, conductor, and composer. She is Fellow and Director of Music at Selwyn College, Cambridge, and Director of Ely Cathedral’s Girl Choristers. She has toured extensively as a conductor and organist and is in demand as a director of international residential courses. She has made over 35 commercial recordings, and her liturgical works are performed regularly throughout the world. She is a Fellow of the RCO and writes a popular monthly column for ‘The American Organist’ magazine. Sarah received the honorary ARSCM in recognition of her contribution to choral music, and she is a Patron of the Society of Women Organists.
arr Antony Baldwin
Think of a world without any flowers
Antony Baldwin was born in London in 1957. He was a chorister at Southwark Cathedral, and before he left school he gained an ARCO diploma with the paperwork prize. An organ scholarship at Trinity College, Oxford followed, during which time he gained the FRCO (CHM), FTCL and LRAM in organ teaching. Postgraduate studies were undertaken at the University of Durham. He then embarked upon a career in teaching, organ-playing and choir-training. For 27 years, he was Director of Music at the American Church in London. Until 2016, he made regular visits to the United States as a recitalist and formed his own chamber choir in California. He currently lives in Scotland where he is organist of St. Ninian’s Old Kirk in Stirling and is a freelance performer and composer.
Boosey and Hawkes Music Publishing Co. Ltd
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Hope is the thing with feathers
O nata lux
C S Wiggins
op. 143 no. 13 SATB / Organ
Virga, Jesse Floruit
op. 168 no. 6 SATB / Organ
The Silent Cry
arr Douglas Coombes
This Train (Traditional)
The Christmas Life
A setting of the poem by Wendy Cope for SATB with optional piano accompaniment, commissioned in 2015 by Janet Lincé and Choros. Recorded by the choir for their CD: A sense of Advent – Carols and motets for choir sung by CHOROS and conducted by Janet Lincé.
The recording features an a cappella performance. The optional independent piano part includes brief quotes from two traditional carols, which can also be sung if wished.
O Lord support us
This piece won the inaugural Jesus College Composition Competition in March 2020. The text is a prayer by John Henry Newman:
O Lord, support us all the day long of this troublous life, until the shades lengthen and the evening comes, the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over and our work is done; then Lord, in thy mercy, grant us safe lodging, a holy rest, and peace at the last. Amen.
Jesus College Choir conducted by Richard Pinel premiered the piece in 2021
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Both of these are from our new Christmas collection, RSCM Carols for Sopranos, Altos and Unison Lower Voices, which contains 42 carols, all written during lockdown!
Please visit Upper Voice Repertoire resource for review. All pieces are available to learn on MyChoralCoach.
Shepherds are kneeling
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arr Jutta Michel-Becher
Amen, Mary had a Baby
Freude, schöner Götterfunken
Alwin M. Schronen
Stainer and Bell Ltd
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Shruthi Rajasekar, born in 1996, is an Indian-American composer and vocalist exploring identity, community, and joy. Chosen by the Guardian newspaper as a composer ‘who will enrich your life’, Shruthi creates intersectional music that draws from her unique background in the Carnatic (South Indian classical) and Western classical idioms. Recent projects include works for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, the Minneapolis-based VocalEssence, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Psappha. Shruthi has won numerous honours for her compositions, including the Khorikos ORTUS International Award, the Composers Guild of New Jersey Award, and the Global Women in Music Award from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights & Donne in Musica Adkins Chiti Foundation. Her music has reached hundreds of thousands of listeners on Spotify’s Classical Releases, BBC Radio 3, and radio stations across the USA. Read more…
O Western Wind
Sarah Cattley is an award-winning composer based near Cambridge, where she studied Music at Newnham College. Sarah was Caritas Chamber Choir’s Composer of the Year 2017–18 and she enjoys a close relationship with the choir with her music is available on their two CDs.
In 2019, the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music commissioned Sarah to write a set of Preces and Responses, which were premiered during the festival evensong and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, conducted by Christopher Batchelor. In the same year, she was joint winner of the National Centre for Early Music’s Young Composer Award, with her piece Dream Fever for bass viol and electronics, which was recorded for Radio 3’s Early Music Show by Liam Byrne, and has since also been broadcast on Resonance FM.
Sarah is very inspired by people and events of the past; previous pieces have been about Charlotte Brontë, echoes of Monteverdi’s music ringing round a Venetian basilica, and the suffragist links between composer Hubert Parry and Newnham College. She also creates poetry to be set to music, both for her own use and for composer Janet Wheeler. Wheeler’s Tomorrow is Today, commissioned by Papagena, sets a specially conceived text by Sarah about daybreak and the dawn chorus. Read more…
Come, and let us return unto the Lord
SATB Double Choir (with tenor solo) & Organ
A composer chiefly of sacred choral works written in a boldly tonal idiom and with a polished command of vocal ensemble, Gareth Treseder, born 1985, studied at Bristol University and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, of which he is an Honorary Associate. A professional singer, he is a Gentleman of the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, and has performed with a variety of distinguished groups, including the Monteverdi Choir, the BBC Singers, Sonoro and the Eric Whitacre Singers. In 2019 his setting of Ivor Gurney’s poetry, The Songs I Had for chorus and orchestra, was premiered at the Gloucester Three Choirs Festival. Marking the hundredth anniversary of the First World War, his cantata In Flanders Fields received its US premiere courtesy of the Harvard University Choir, and his carol Le sommeil de l’Enfant Jésu, written in aid of the Macmillan Cancer Support and the Choirs Against Cancer initiative, has been widely performed across the UK. Read more…
Wise Music Group
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