Explore new repertoire for SATB choir with James Davey.
The Beatitudes of Jesus
A 10-minute piece for SATB choir and either organ or strings, Paul has set the Biblical text known as the Beatitudes. The dedicatee is Paul’s brother, singer and conductor Gavin Carr, who has recorded it with the Bath Philharmonia on Stone Records. The score is published by Goodmusic Publishing. Paul Carr is known to many as the composer of Requiem for an Angel.
A Lullaby of Home
Jessica Curry is a composer who has won many awards, including a BAFTA, for her writing for computer games. ‘A Lullaby of Home’ is taken from the score for the game, So let us melt, and is scored for SATB choir with harp, piano, and strings, with optional electronics. It’s a story about the world today and how it came to be as it is, about friendship and duty, and the wonder of nurture. This short piece is taken from the hour-long track, which choirs could dip into for other repertoire. Published by Faber Music.
Piping down the valleys wild
For SATB and piano with optional bass and drum kit.
In this jazzy setting of William Blake’s Introduction to his Songs of Innocence, Chilcott’s extended harmonies and syncopated melodies bring new energy to the text, challenging the expectation of the listener. The voices are supported by a stylistic piano part, which may be played as written or serve as a guide, and the optional bass and drum kit part is printed at the back of the score.
Bright morning stars
From Three American Songs for SATB (with divisions) and piano.
Higgins’s arrangements of three North-American traditional songs are sophisticated and beautiful, supported by well-crafted piano accompaniments. The first, ‘Bright morning stars’, is illuminated by a shimmering piano part with opportunities for a soloist or small group. Energy and bounce is abundant throughout the second, ‘Little wheel a-turnin”, where the melody is passed around the voices and coloured with interesting harmonies. The last piece, ‘He’s gone away’, is a parting song between two lovers with flowing melodies and accompaniment, and ends on a note of anticipation.
Purcell arr. Stanley Hoffman
When I am laid in earth
For soprano solo and SATB unaccompanied (would work well with a choral quartet).
In this innovative arrangement Stanley M. Hoffman takes Henry Purcell’s most popular solo aria, the ‘Lament’ from his opera Dido and Aeneas, and re-imagines it as a work for unaccompanied soprano solo and SATB choir, thus making a staple of the solo song repertoire available for choral performance. The chromatic passage that opens the piece is sung wordlessly by the bass section, and Hoffman’s setting features imaginative interplay between chorus and soloist, sharing the well-known lyrics between them, and sensitive dynamic contrasts.
De Virgine Maria
Sleep, Holy Babe
Moisés Simons arr: Douglas Coombes
Grow your garden
Clap Your Hands
Ruth Morris Gray words by Shakespeare
Under the Greenwood Tree
Save us, O Lord.
An anthem on one line in canon.
Joanna Forbes L’Estrange
Carol of the Crib
Banks Music Publications
Keep on Singing!
How Lovely are thy dwellings fair
Ashes to Dust
Kate Rusby (arr. Jim Clements)
Underneath the Stars
O Praise the Lord
For more information visit Sarah Cattley
Ivy Chief of Trees
The Lake Isle of Innisfree
From the cycle “Gather the Good Days”