British Choirs on the Net

This is a new free listing for composers, and lyricists, of new choral music or arrangements, either in preparation or ready for performance.

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Adrian Cuello is a Colombian composer currently resident in Zaragoza, Spain, where he practices his profession as a opera singer, choir director, musical arranger and composer. As a composer her focuses mainly on pieces for choir.  At present he receives orders from choirs in Spain and abroad. In his compositions he has a single goal  - to make the resultant piece as faithful as possible to the technical requirements of the choir. Visit his website at www.audio.ya.com/adriancuello

Alex Patterson (b. 1988) is a Northern Irish composer currently based in Nottingham, where he has been described as ‘a major creative talent’ (Nottingham Evening Post). Alex’s compositional output strongly reflects, but is in no way restricted to, his passion for choral music.  In addition to commissions for the Choir of St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham, where he is currently composer-in-residence, Alex has also received commissions from the University of Nottingham Chamber Choir, the Ripley Music Festival, the Radcliffe-on-Trent Male Voice Choir and the East of England Singers. A full list of his music can be found online at www.alexpatterson.co.uk

Alexander Campkin is a British composer and conductor. Alexander studied at Oxford University, the Royal Academy of Music in 2008 and in Vienna. He was a finalist in the 2008 British Composer Awards and the NCEM Composers Award, a prize winner in the 2010 “Musica Sacra” International Composition Competition in Poland, and highly commended in the BBC Proms Young Composers’ Competition. Alexander was recently appointed Composer-in-Residence in Neresheim Abbey in Germany and Composer-in-Residence of the Fulham Camerata Choir and Orchestra; other commissions have been from the BBC Performing Arts Fund, the Southbank Centre, the Royal School of Church Music, the Manson Ensemble, the Royal Academy String Orchestra, the Kaxan String Quartet and Pusey House Choir, Oxford.  His music has received performances by the London Sinfonietta, the BBC Singers, the Vilnius Municipal Choir (Lithuania), Trinity Choir Cambridge, Polish Chamber Choir, National Youth Choir GB, Jeunnesse Kammerchor (Vienna) and the Tyler Youth Orchestra (Texas). Venues include the Berliner Philharmonie, Ulster Hall (Belfast), Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), Theater des Augenblicks (Vienna), St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Duke’s Hall, Cal Poly Performing Arts Centre (San Luis Obispo, USA) and Grace Catheddral (San Francisco). His music has been performed in major music festivals in the UK and Europe, and has been the subject of a number of radio broadcasts in Europe, the US and South America.His choral music is available online http://www.alexandercampkin.co.uk/composing.htm     


Alexander L'Estrange (born 1974 Bristol) has carved a hugely successful and varied career as a choral composer, arranger, song writer, jazz double bass player and pianist, choral workshop leader, presenter of children's concerts, jazz examiner and trainer for the ABRSM, and passionate advocate for the importance of singing in schools. L’Estrange’s compositions are testament to an eclectic mix of styles, with echoes not just of the English choral tradition, but also jazz, pop, musical theatre and world music. Since the publication of his stunning Christmas choral anthem Lute-book lullaby recorded by top professional chamber choir . Tenebrae, he has been inundated with commissions from festivals, schools,  groups, choirs and choral societies.The latest large-scale work for SATB chorus, unison children's choir and band, Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose (ahoymaryrose.com) in 2013 came about following the enormous success of its predecessor, Zimbe! Come, sing the songs of Africa!. L’Estrange’s ingenious fusion of traditional African song with jazz proved so popular with choirs all over the world that Zimbe!  zimbe.net) Website www.alexanderlestrange.com “If you had to create from scratch the perfect 21st century musician, Alexander L’Estrange would be your template.”  - Howard Goodall.


Allan Bevan  (b. 1951, Toronto, Canada) is a graduate of the School of Music, the University of Windsor, and holds a Mmus degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Alberta and a PhD in Composition from the University of Calgary. His choral music has won awards in many national and international choral composition events including the 2002 Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Composition Competition, sponsored by Choirs Ontario. He is a three-time winner in the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors' Composition Competition (1999, 2001, 2003).Visit his web site at www.allanbevan.ca

Alan Bullard (born 1947) is a British composer, known mainly for his choral and educational music. His compositions are regularly performed and broadcast worldwide, and they appear on a number of CDs. In 1985 Bullard wrote a setting for unaccompanied choir of four sixteenth-century poems entitled Madrigal Book. This work came to the attention of Steven Wilkinson and was the beginning of a long association with Alan Bullard's choral music, resulting in several broadcasts by the BBC Northern Singers. Meanwhile, his work in the area of choral music for amateurs attracted the interest of Oxford University Press, and there is now in their catalogue a wide variety of Bullard’s anthems and carols for different choral groupings and situations, many of which are performed world-wide. Website http://alan.bullard.tripod.com

Alan Smith is an award-winning composer specialising in choral music.  His work, much of it published in both the UK and America, is regularly performed in churches and cathedrals throughout Britain and abroad.  His pieces range from large scale (for example, he is just completing a Mass setting for St Woolos' Cathedral) to short unaccompanied items and he has written music which is suitable for choirs of all abilities.  For further details, please contact the composer by e-mail: alan@smith22d.fsnet.co.ukk or visit his website: http://members.sibeliusmusic.com/alansmith

Andrew Cusworth is a British composer with a particular interest in choral music. He has written music for choirs of all levels ranging from small children to experienced and professional singers, and is always ready to receive queries about commissioning new works. For more information about Andrew's music and to contact him please visit his website www.andrewcusworth.com

Andrew Goddard is a Fellow of the London College of Music and has been composing for over forty years.   A book of new Christmas Carols called 'Christmas for Choirs, Book 1' has just been released for SATB choirs containing ten pieces.  Further choral pieces for male voice, mixed voice and ladies choirs is available from Westcountry Music Ltd.    Andrew won the Questor's Choir New Christmas Carol Composing Competition prize in November 2005 with his setting of 'Rise up, Shepherd, and Follow'.  He also won the Composition prize held as part of the second British International Male Voice Choir Festival in Cornwall, in April 2005 with his piece entitled 'A Hymn for Cornwall'. In 2006 he repeated his Carol composition success with 'Follow the Star (or Dilyn y Seren in welsh) with won a competition organised by welsh television SC4 and the Daily Post newspaper.. The winning carol was sung by Bryn Terfel and a 30 strong choir in Cardiff in a subsequent broadcast.    For more information visit www.westcountry-music.co.uk


Andrew Downes won a choral scholarship to St. John’s College, Cambridge (in 1969), where he gained an MA degree specialising in composition; and in 1974 went on to study with Herbert Howells at the Royal College of Music.  He is now Head of the School of Composition and Creative Studies at Birmingham Conservatoire.  He has composed a large number of works for Sacred Services and High Voices. Details of all his music, including critical appraisals and sound samples, can be found at www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~downlyn. Scores of his Sacred Music,both accompanied and unaccompanied, including I Will Lift up mine Eyes unto the Hills, In Peace I will Lie Down and Sleep, The Lord is my Shepherd, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, O Love the Lord all ye His Saints, Motet and Mass O Magnum Mysterium, O Praise the Lord, Preces and Responses (2 sets, 1986 and 1997), Coventry Carol/Veni Emmanuel (arrangements) can be viewed by visiting the website of the British Music Information Centre at: http://www.bmic.co.uk/collection/searchform.asp  type “Downes” in Composer Box,, click “submit”,  then look down the alphabetical list of pieces, and click on the relevant treble clef on the RH of the page. Otherwise visit www.andrewdownes.com

Anthony Marshall. I write contrapuntal music, so far, primarily for choirs and in the 'Alla Capella' style. Details available from
abmossview@tiscali.co.uk

Anthony Mudge was born in France and has sung in various choirs since attending school in East Anglia. He has written music in a broad range of classical forms including symphonies, canticles, piano pieces and chamber music, but choral works dominate his output.  He has a particular interest in unaccompanied Latin motets and Gregorian chant, with French neoclassicism and Bruckner foremost among his influences.  Anthony's works have been performed in Norwich and Ripon cathedrals, Paisley Abbey and in Edinburgh, where he now lives.  His website is at http://www.anthonymudge.co.uk


Barry Seaman studied at York University, specialising in composition, and works have been produced and commissioned in many media, with broadcasts on Radio 3, and performed in UK and Europe, USA, Canada and Australia. He has a special interest in music as a healing process. His music for silent films Tsar Ivan Vasilyevitch Grozny (Alexander Ivanov-Gai 1915) and The Life of Richard Wagner (Carl Froelich 1913) was widely toured in the USA. His most recent project is Mirabai, a large scale opera in progress that combines ancient spiritual and romantic ideas, and offers possibilities for astonishing technology, and the project has the collaboration of hologram specialists Musion Systems. Choral commissions include 3 Carols (Roedean School), Hawking (Sussex Philharmonic Choir), The Consoling Song    (Brighton Singers), Bhajans (Madrigal Choir of Binghamton New York). Prize winning choral works include Chamber Music Book V(NFMS/Allegri Singers),Song after Song (Cornelius Cardew Memorial Prize commendation), Sarah Tisdall (Cornelius Cardew Memorial Prize commendation), Chain (Jane's Minstrels Motto Theme competition joint winner), Chamber Music Book IIIa(Gregynog Composers Award of Wales Highly Commended). Mass:The Cutty Wren SSAATB and Gabriel's Greeting are both published by OUP.  To hear Gabriel’s Greeting click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIyhg8e04cI Website: http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/barry-seaman/9/808/b69?trk=pub-pbmap

Barbara Durham (Australia). My publisher is Wirripang and I have works in the Australian Music Centre. I'm a graduate of Melb Uni with B.Mus and B. Mus. Ed. I have recently had 2 choral works published by Wirripang: 'The Lyrebird' and 'Old Man Platypus' for women's choir and piano. The former was performed by the Melbourne Women's Choir conducted by Faye Dumont. More details www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/artist/durham-barbara

BB Cooper has enjoyed a long-established career as a composer with a number of stage productions and recordings to her name, each written in her own unique style.  Work includes "The Jungle Book" (four national tours), "Brontë", "The Golem", "La Bohème", "It's A Wonderful Life" and "The Secret of Minos" (arranged for SATB).  She would like to link up with a choir to perform and record her work.  Contact: bb@artfieldmusic.com.  Website: www.artfieldmusic.com  


Bernard Hughes has written and arranged several works for choir, including commissions from the BBC Singers and the New London Children's Choir. Pieces for children’s choir include the widely-performed Nonsense Songs. More information at www.bernardhughes.co.uk.

Brian Blyth Daubney is a Lincolnshire composer who has written a considerable amount of choral music both 'a cappella' and with organ accompaniment. Much of it is suitable for church use and several extended pieces (Stabat Mater, Requiem and Six Psalms) are ideal for concert performance. Please contact brian@blyth96.fsnet.co.uk for further details.

Bruce & Jennifer Searl compose outstanding contemporary Children’s Choral music published by Aardvark Hill.  Their music blends two rare qualities in the world of choral music of any era – great music that kids love to sing. Each song has strong, beautiful melodies and meaningful lyrics that your children will love to sing over and over again. From the toe tapping jazzy songs like “I Love You” or “The Postman’s Rag”, to the tender and haunting Irish folk songs like “None Is Fairer” and the emotionally moving “Forever Without End”, your choristers deserved to be treated to songs by Bruce & Jennifer Searl. Few songs connect as strongly with singers and audiences that they actually evoke tears from your listeners, yet such is the power of these songs. Most pieces were commissioned for the Oregon Children’s Choral Festival, where each piece turned out to be “Festival Favorites” among singers, directors and the audiences alike. Come listen to audio samples of fun lullaby’s like “Sleepy Time” and award winning songs like “Tell Me How You Love Me”, “Our World”, “I’ll Follow After You” and “Forever Without End” in the children’s choral section at www.aardvarkhill.com

Colin R Cartwright Colin Cartwright studied music at the Royal Manchester college of music before moving to Windsor where he sang as an alto lay clerk at St George's Chapel for thirty years.  He now lives with his wife in France where he divides his time by directing  Chorale Cantique and composing choral music. Much of his music has been performed by this choir including The Magnificat in latin as well a first performance of 'O Sacrum Convivium' at the Ostensions celebrations in St Junien which happen every seven years. More information can be found at www.cramaudmusic.com My latest piece was written on poems expressly written for me to set and is called 'A Christmas Triptych'.


Cecilia McDowall Cecilia McDowall’s works are published by OUP and others and have been commissioned and performed in the UK and worldwide by the BBC Singers, cathedral, college and amateur choirs. More information about her music is available at www.ceciliamcdowall.co.uk

Chris Gordon has written 2 works for choir. The first is a setting (SATB) of Thomas Hardy's short poem 'The Fallow Deer'. The second is a setting of Ted Hughes's poem 'October Dawn' for SSAATB. Both are a cappella. Chris works as a composer, writer on music and music publisher. He owns Cool Wind Music - which is distributed by www.freehandmusic.com - the largest online digital sheet music seller in the world. He also has orchestrated 2 rare songs by Alban Berg which have been published by Universal Edition, Vienna. Further details and copies of the scores to both works from: cgordoncwm@gmail.com

Chris Hutchings is a composer from Scotland, currently studying for a PhD at Glasgow University (specialising in writing music for voices). Recent successes include several performances by Glasgow University Chapel Choir, including a commission for Christmas 2007 "Rorate Coeli De Super", funded by the Britten-Pears Trust, and upcoming performances by Scottish Voices and Tongue Stuff (London) of "La Belle Dame Sans Merci". His compositions have won the John McLeod Award 2001 and the Temple Church Composition Prize 2002, and he has received funding from the St Magnus Festival Trust and from the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust. For further details, sample compositions and/or a sample CD of Chris' work, please email him at hutchingsmusic@hotmail.com or visit www.hutchingsmusic.co.uk

Chris Long has recently  been working with the City of Birmingham Choir as composer in residence, under a year long project run by the Performing Rights Society , Making Music and spnm. The result of this scheme is a 10 -15 minute work for choir and orchestra (O Lord, Remember)
which was recently performed at Symphony Hall by the City of Birmingham Choir and the CBSO and
recieved a British Composer Award in November 2006. The work takes excerpts from the requiem mass and places them alongside an anonymous prayer found at Ravensbruck concentration camp. The piece is a universal prayer of forgiveness and remembrance. Another piece 'Amor Dei' for SATB and organ, written for Choir and Organ, was performed at Saint Mary's Church in Warwick about 12 months ago.  For more details and an extract visit www.chrislong.org.uk or email chris_a_long@hotmail.com

Chris Tradgett has been an amateur musician for longer than he cares to remember; now chiefly singing in St George's church choir in Cullercoats, Tyne & Wear UK. He has been composing for a few years now with a small selection of pieces for a range of musical abilities. He has a variety of compositions for instrumental ensembles and choral groups. Pieces can also be supplied edited for specific requirements - just contact him to discuss. Email chris.tradgett@blueyonder.co.uk or visit www.music-room.freewebspace.com

Christopher Maxim (b.1971) composes in a variety of genres, including sacred choral music, secular choral music, instrumental music and songs. Some of his sacred choral pieces are published by the Royal School of Church Music (www.rscm.com), while other works are published by Stainer & Bell (www.stainer.co.uk), including his popular organ piece, 'Toccata Nuptiale'.  Other compositions may be heard, seen and purchased on the Sibelius Website (http://members.sibeliusmusic.com/chrismaxim1).  Many of Chris's pieces have received several public performances, often in prestigious venues such as cathedrals.  His motet 'Felix namque' was performed in August 2006 by the Latvian Radio Choir at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival.  Chris welcomes commissions for choral pieces and other music.  To find out more, please visit his website (www.christophermaxim.co.uk).

Daniel Bath, a graduate in music from Clare College, Cambridge, composer of much vocal music and choral director for Calderdale Schools' Music Service has composed a new cantata for children's choir. It is a colourfully dramatic setting of Tennyson's poem "The Lady of Shalott" - about 23 minutes' duration and scored for upper voices in 1, 2 or 3 parts with soprano soloist with harpsichord and guitar accompaniment. It was premiered in July 2003 and is eager to be performed again. The composer is more than happy to make arrangements for other forces on demand. Contact: danielbath@talk21.com

David F Golightly has composed a number of pieces for professional vocal ensembles. Rites of Passage is six settings of Puskin poems in English while the Frontiers arrangements are American folk songs for choir and piano. Commissioned by The Soglasie Choir of St Petersburg to write a mass for St Petersburg the work was premiered in 1994 and received a ten minute standing ovation. David's music is published by Modrana Music Publishers Ltd who have a active policy of helping choirs and ensembles perform Modrana publications. David recently composed an SATB setting of The Lord's Prayer. See web site www.modranamusicpromotions.com

David Machell Former Cambridge Choral Scholar, winner of national and international awards for composition, David Machell composes choral music in two strands - first of all an attractive, melodic, accessible style, as typified by Rutter, Chilcott, Jenkins and Carter, and secondly a more contemporary minimalist style as typified by Taverner. His anthem "The Day Thou gavest" is on youtube. Many of his works are published by KevinMayhew.com. Further details on musicopia.co.uk.


David Meacock has produced a variety of arrangements of both sacred and secular choral music, as well as original compositions and reduced orchestrations of Verdi Requiem, Elgar The Dream of Gerontius and Parry I was Glad. See the Compositions and Arrangements page of www.davidmeacock.com for more details.

David Perkins is a composer of choral and theatre music. To date he has written four choral works: Mass, Elegy, Song of Psalms and Re:Creation. See http://www.dp-music.co.uk/choral.html. Re:Creation, his longest and most ambitious work to date, received its premiere in Guildford in June 2007. It is now hoped that other choirs will perform this work in the build up to its London premiere at St John's Smith Square in 2009. He has had several children's musicals published including Shake, Ripple & Roll, Skool & Crossbones, Arabian Nights, The Selfish Giant and The Happy Prince. These and other shows are regularly performed by schools and youth theatre companies in the UK and throughout the world. More information can be found at http://www.dp-music.co.uk/musicals.html

Deborah Mason is seeking a London based British Choir to premiere her new Oratorio "The Rape of the Lock" based on Alexander Pope's poetic masterpiece. The work is scored for 4 - 5 soloists, SATB chorus and chamber orchestra and lasts about 2 hours 20 minutes. It takes its influences from Purcell and other Baroque composers and, like Dido and Aeneas, it can also be staged with 3 principle roles, 6 secondary roles, chorus, dancers and a dog!. The work has received a favourable review as a 'work in progress' at a partial premiere in New York. Sample scores and midi recordings are available. If interested please email Debmason1@aol.com     

Donald Judge (b 1951) conducts Bollington Festival Choir and directs Bollington Festival Music Theatre (for 7-14s), both online at www.marple55.freeserve.co.uk He’s written several pieces for choir and many children’s musicals. Choral works include The Nightingale (Keats, MS solo and TTBB),  has been performed by BFC and the William Byrd Singers. Works for various solos and SATB with piano or organ include Whosoever... (anon, suitable for Christmas), Two Icelandic Lullabies (traditional Icelandic!) and Lines (Emily Bronte). Works with orchestra were written to partner works in specific concerts and use similar forces: Shipwreck (6 min, Emily Dickinson, A Sea Symphony) and The Donkey (15 mins, G K Chesterton, Nielsen Springtime in Fünen / Spring from Haydn’s The Seasons) both include children’s voices but these can be sung by an adult semi-chorus / soloists. May Magnificat (11 min, G M Hopkins) uses exactly the same forces (including five soloists) at Bach Magnificat in D. Death is a Shadow, a 5 min life affirming arrangement of an Italian renaissance song exists in versions for SATB with string or brass quintets with harpsichord / organ. All are amateur choir and audiences friendly! Copies / electronic scores available for inspection, hire, or purchase - email bcmt@marple55.freeserve.co.uk for more details


Elizabeth Sidebotham has, for the past 20 years, had close associations with Cornish choirs. Based near Liskeard in Cornwall she has written and arranged music for TTBB, SATB, and SSA choral groups and choirs. Her TTBB songs have consistently won and been placed in  the Composer's competition held as part of the first British International Male Voice Choir Festival in Cornwall. In 2003 "The Hedgehog Song" gained first prize, in 2005 "The Glade" gained second prize, in 2005 "In Search of Whales"was third and in 2009 "Travel in Style" won first prize.  She is an accompanist and plays for 3 male voice choirs, (Trelawny mvc, Tamar Valley mvc and Rame Peninsula mvc), one ladies choir (vocal group Keltique) and one mixed choir (Tamar Concert Choir) as well as being MD of another mixed Cornish choir (the Kessenyan Singers). More information available from the website  http://www.skypicture.co.uk/

Elizabeth Winters’ choral music has been performed by groups such as the BBC Singers, the Choir of Canterbury Cathedral, the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge and Aurora Nova.  Details of all her music can be found at www.elizabethwinters.com


Francis Pott [b.1957] has acquired a national and international reputation as a composer over the past twenty-five years. His dramatic and emotionally challenging music unites a distinctive personal voice with a highly disciplined but versatile technique rooted in a keen awareness of the past. To date his works (including a steady flow of major commissions) have been heard across the U.K. and also at prestigious venues in Eire, France, Belgium, Italy, Madeira, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Russia, Canada, the U.S.A. and Australia. They have been broadcast in the U.K., the U.S.A., Canada and the Czech Republic, are published by four major houses in the U.K. and enjoy increasingly prominent representation on CD, including a particularly fruitful relationship in recent years with the innovative British company, Signum Records. http://www.francispott.com/
 
Frank L. Appleyard  (b. 1941), a composer. arranger and lyricist, now retired from civil engineering, Born, bred and living near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. He has recently retired from the Huddersfield Choral Society after singing as a Second Bass for 26 years but continues in the same section with the Skelmanthorpe Male Voice Choir where he has clocked 47 years service. Has many compositions to his credit, many performed by the male voice choir but has also had works performed at the Yorkshire Composers' Festivals in Leeds. Visit his website at www.frankappleyard.co.uk

Gabriel Jackson has composed a number of substantial works for choirs, notably Cecilia Virgo and A Vision of Aeroplanes both premiered by the BBC Singers. For further information visit www.bmic.co.uk/alias/gabrieljackson or  www.oup.co.uk/music/repprom/jackson

Geoffrey Dale is a Portsmouth based composer and is currently writing 3 Shakespeare Sonnets for SATB. Already composed are 3 Dylan Thomas setting for SSAATTBB, as well as a Nunc Dimittus for Choir and Organ. Two new pieces have recently been published by Canasg Music - on the web. These are 'Hark how all the Welkin Rings' (Christmas Carol) for SATB and Keybaord Accpt; and 'She moved through the fair'  (SATB arrangement for small choir of old Irish song). The music can be purchased through www.canasg.com/canasgnew3.htm. More details of Geoff's work can be found here...

Graham Andrew began composing a few years ago, just after turning fifty.  As a schoolboy he studied piano, as a student he played orchestral percussion and since then he has sung choral works large and small in a variety of choirs.  His first composition was a song cycle of twenty songs entitled ‘A Christian Journey’, based on the writings of Hans Kung.  Five of these were subsequently adapted as anthems for choir and organ.  More recently he completed an oratorio ‘Ecclesiastes’ based on the old testament book, written for soloists, a large choir and orchestra.  This work has not yet been performed.  There is also an orchestral suite taken from the oratorio.  Further details can be found at www.grahamandrewmusic.com


Greg Bartholomew's music has been performed across the United States and in Canada, Europe and Australia. His choral works have been performed by such ensembles as Seattle Pro Musica, The Esoterics, the Oregon Repertory Singers, Octarium, Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble, and the Oratorio Society of Minnesota. The Ars Brunensis Chorus recording of his choral settings From the Odes of Solomon is available on CD by Capstone Records. Connecticut Choral Arts (Concora) released The 21st Century (A Girl Born in Afghanistan) on their 2007 CD "Songs and Stories of Liberation." Bartholomew has sung since 1991 with Seattle Pro Musica, an award-winning critically-acclaimed choral ensemble. To listen to performances of his works, visit www.gregbartholomew.com

Guy Turner has produced a range of choral pieces, ranging from a Requiem and other substantial Choral Works, though a great deal of Church Music, to many pieces of light music for choirs. His Tequila Samba is published in Encores for Choirs (http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780193436305.do), and his arrangement of Over the Rainbow in In the Mood (http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780193302013.do) is a concert standard. Several other pieces are published by Recital Music (www.recitalmusic.net). Five of his Hymn Tunes are in the new Methodist Hymn Book, Singing the Faith, (www.singingthefaith.org.uk).He has recently published a book of his humorous choral pieces entitled Potato Music (after the showstopper, the Potato Song). See his website guyturner.co.uk.

Gwyn Arch as well as his work as a Musical Director of South Chiltern Choral Society, Gwyn Arch is also a very successful arranger of choral music, with nearly a hundred of his arrangements being published by Faber Music in the last ten years - music for youth choirs and upper voice groups, and including 17 of the 40 arrangements in the highly-successful Faber Carol Book. He also contributes significantly to the catalogue of a leading German publisher as well as publishing his own catalogue of arrangements for Male voice choirs (Grove Music). ...email

Hilary Campbell is an award-winning composer specialising in choral music.  Having read music at the University of York, she subsequently continued postgraduate studies there, gaining a distinction for her MA in 2005.  Last August, she became Composer in Residence for the Ebor Singers ( www.eborsingers.org ), having won their inaugural Competition for Young Composers.  She was also the winner of the Shipley Arts Festival Composer Award 2009, the Philip Bates Prize for Young Composers in 2004, and in 2006 was a finalist in the National Youth Choir Composition Competition.  Recent commissions include a Christmas work for a church choir in Holland, and for Sonitus, the intercollegiate chamber choir.  Hilary is also the founder, director and 1st soprano of vocal octet The Blossom Street Singers (www.blossomstreetsingers.com), a group which performs regularly all over the country for a variety of concerts and functions, is a choral scholar at St Sepulchre Without Newgate and began the mentor scheme with The Sixteen last September.  Additionally, she directs the King William Singers and Streatham Voices. Contact email


Ian Lawson is a composer based in Wales who studied composition at Cardiff university during the 70s. He has a successful track record of composing both concert music and music for film and television. Some of his choral works can be heard on a CD ʻThe Contingent Worldʼ recorded in 2006 by Cantemus Chamber Choir Wales, directed by Robert Court. These include settings of poems by Burns, Rossetti, Blake, Wordsworth and Wilde as well as by the contemporary Welsh poet Hilary Llewelyn-Williams.

Samples from the CD can be heard at www.welshcontemporary.com/ and the CD purchased from the site. Details about how to buy copies of the sheet music can be found by emailing ʻenquiriesʼ.


Ian Schofield has written two sets of Christmas carols:  Illuminare Jerusalem (new, revised edition to be published by Caddy Publishing 2009;  “I cannot recommend highly enough this excellent suite of six carols”: Organists’ Review), and Bendicamus Domino.  His first major choral work: Fire From Heaven for baritone soloist, SATB chorus, brass, organ and percussion, has received six performances by delighted choirs. His Te Deum for SATB chorus, children's choir and orchestra, has been performed by Portsmouth Choral Union (who commissioned it) and Basingstoke Choral Society.  Sing Alleluia for SATB choir and orchestra had two ‘first’ performances in the Petersfield Festival 2006.  Other works include:  Magnificat & Nunc Dimitis, Messa Martellata, Cantate Domino, Lauda Sion, as well as a concerto for two flutes, Variations on a Bach Minuet for six flutes, children's cantatas, and songs for soprano and bass voices. Parodies & Paraphrases on l’Homme Armé for Hampshire Recorder Orchestra (HRO), conducted by Christopher Burgess, received five performances including one by the National Youth Recorder Orchestra. and is available on CD by HRO:  DRD 098.  Ian  is currently a senior tutor and lecturer at South Downs College.   (Publications are by Caddy Publishing www.CaddyPublishing.co.uk except Parodies & Paraphrases.)

James Archer is an accomplished composer having written many pieces of music for choral groups and instrumentalists.  He has also composed his first Symphonic Poem and children's musical, 'Travelling Light' based on the life of St. Paul on the road to Damascus. His Eucharist setting is now complete and information about it can be found on this site. His board game - Cantabile - is designed to help in the training of choristers by coming up with fun questions and answers on notation, church history etc, etc. He has written several works for church resulting in performances in San Diego, New Jersey and Adelaide. More details can be obtained from his web site www.jarcher.com

James Bryce is a Scottish Based composer whose work covers a wide range of genres. In 2002 SPNM shortlisted his choral work "Four Odes After Rumi" based on the text of four odes by the 13th Century Sufi mystic Jalalludin Rumi, scored for two choirs (SATB) and three trombones. Futher details can be found on the SPNM website  

James Lavino is a composer of sacred and secular choral music that has been performed throughout Europe and the USA, recorded by the choir of Westminster Abbey, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.  Recent commissions include pieces for the choir of St Paul's Cathedral, Tewkesbury Abbey, and Exmoor Singers of London.  Additional details can be found on the Boosey & Hawkes [www.boosey.com/lavino] website, or on the composer's website, www.jameslavino.com.


James McCarthy His most high profile works to date are the oratorios 17 Days and Codebreaker17 Days, commissioned by Crouch End Festival Chorus, was inspired by the Chilean mining accident of 2010. It was premiered at Barbican Hall, London, in February 2012 and received a standing ovation. It has since been performed again at the Barbican, in Wellington, New Zealand (and broadcast live on Radio New Zealand), and at Sage Gateshead. Of the 2012 premiere The Independent said, 'the overall effect was remarkably engaging: plenty of interest all the way through with lovely word setting which built, in an organic and integrated way, to a genuinely moving climax.' Codebreaker was premiered in April this year at the Barbican by Hertfordshire Chorus – who commissioned the work – with David Temple conducting. It tells the story of the life and tragic death of Alan Turing. Reviewing the concert, Rosie Pentreath for BBC Music Magazine wrote, 'a deeply moving work that showcases the composer’s ability to craft sumptuous melodies and build powerful climaxes with a full chorus and orchestra...this was a powerful concert that will stay with me for quite some time.' James studied composition at Royal Holloway, University of London with Simon Holt, and has received commissions from numerous ensembles, including Crouch End Festival Chorus, Hertfordshire Chorus, Scottish Opera and Canty. For further information visit www.jamesmccarthy.co.uk


James W. Morgan is an educator, percussionist, composer, arranger and musical director from Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. He studied at the Huddersfield School of Music (1971-74) the Royal Northern College of Music (74-75) and Indiana State University (75-76). James has performed and conducted widely, but is chiefly known for his choral workshops and his work with the Holme Valley Singers, the Holme Valley Orchestra and the Mastersingers, whom he now directs. His compositions and arrangements are well known and he has conducted several with the Mastersingers on the BBC’s Daily Service. His works can be found in his web-site – www.morganmusic.co.uk


James Patten, former Professor of Composition at Trinity College of Music (1965-1970). His choral music includes a Stabat Mater for SATB and string orchestra, Mass for St John for soloists, SATB and Orchestra, plus smaller works (motets, spirituals and Lent Carols. More information is available from his website

Jana Rowland, graduated with a master's degree in Electroacoustic composition in 2001 from UEA Norwich, writing a final one hour choral and electro-acoustic piece called 'The Logic and The Miracle', performed at Norwich Cathedral in 2000. Works soon followed with three choral songs performed at Snape Maltings with English Sinfonietta, A Requiem for choirs, hymns and sacred works including Psalms, and the Eucharist. A 'Magnificat' set for Wenhaston Girls Choir and performed at St Paul's Cathedral is arranged with 'Oranges and lemons', and the bells of London. Settings of poems include AA Milne (The Wrong House) and Spike Milligan ditties. Recent choral commissions include 'The Dream of Sarkis' a setting of a tale by Kahlil Gibran, and SingOut 2010. Rowland teaches composition for Eastfeast and Creative Partnerships in Schools. She is an M.A. (Dist) in Eductaion with research entitled "Music is my First Language" email: janamusic@btinternet.com

Jean Hasse was born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 1958, and graduated from Oberlin College Conservatory, Ohio, specialising in piano, conducting and instrumental music education; she then did graduate work and teaching at Cleveland State University. She moved to London in December 1994 and works as a composer, pianist and publisher. Choral compositions include 'Four Songs from the Japanese' for unaccompanied chorus, 'The French Lesson' for treble choir and piano and 'What do I want for Christmas' for treble choir and piano (or harp). The last two pieces were performed by the Bromley Boy Singers. For more detail visit. www.visible-music.com

Jeffery Wilson studied at the RCM from 1976 with John Lambert and Herbert Howells and latterly with Aladar Majorossy, Gordon Jacob and Olivier Messiaen. Jeffery's vocal output is quite diverse as are his many instrumental works. The composer advises a visit to the website where sound clips and more information abounds. For more details visit www.jefferywilson.co.uk

Jenny Lisk is a composer, just finishing a MMus in composition at the Guildhall School of Music. Jenny has composed carols, song collections and choral/theatre music as well as non vocal chamber music, and has had her work performed by Bath Spa University College, Bristol Chamber Choir and the Takacs String Quartet.. More details can be obtained be emailing Jenny Lisk

Jenny Nicholson has made her home in Pembrokeshire West Wales, from where she writes music for voices and choir.  For many years Jenny was a professional singer and has taken her love of singing and the voice into her choral writing.  She says, "voices are a reflection of the heart, and are capable of an infinite and beautiful variety of expression - it is my part as a composer to construct works that allow voices to fully express their greatest potential."  Her works are currently being performed by choirs in Wales and she has recently had a performance of one of her SSA works at St. David's Cathedral.  She is happy to undertake commissions for works and is open to discussing requirements - you can contact her via her website on. www.jennynicholsonmusic.com

Jil Bartley is a composer living and working in France. Jil completed Requiem, a choral/orchestral work with two soloists using the original latin mass text (about 28 mins in performance). Requiem received a successful premiere in Nice, followed by performances in Monaco Cathedral, Vence Cathedral and at the Summer International Festival, Krakow, Poland. There have been two broadcasts of Requiem in Australia ( 2006) and several broadcasts in Germany ( 2007/2008 ) plus a British Premiere of the work by Arun Choral Society in Arundel Cathedral, Sussex in 2006. CD available plus list of other works. email. jil.bartley@sfr.fr  website www.jil-bartley.com    

John Baird hails from Greenock in the west of Scotland. Despite making London his home since his college days, he maintains a strong affinity with Scotland, and its influence is apparent in much of his music. John studied with herbert Howells and Sir Adrian Boult at the Royal College of Music, where he also met his wife, Penny. Subsequently he has divided his career between composing, conducting, playing and teaching - mainly at Westminster School - becoming Director of Music there in 1983 and then Composer-in-Residence from 1996-1999. Always with a commission on the go, John's output varies tremendously from anthems and motets, to choral symphonies and christmas carols! Please visit: http://www.johnbairdcomposer.co.uk/index.html for more information.


John Davison made an SATB arrangement of the Somerset folk song O Waly Waly, originally as a gift for an American choir who were visiting Southwark Cathedral one day when he wandered in there, but now he can't track them down.  If there is a British choir who like English pastoral stuff he would be happy to send them a copy.  For details please email John Davison

John Garrett is a Fellow of the London College of Music and a Licentiate of Trinity College London, He is a classical Singer, Conductor and private Voice and Piano Coach. Whilst at college he won the University singing prize and the Irwin scholarship and later studied privately with Patrick McGuigan from the RNCM where several of his own pupils have gone on to study voice. He studied composition with Richard Steinitz at the University of Huddersfield. 

John Conducts several choirs and is based in Lancashire. More recently he has rediscovered his love of composing and in particular music for choirs. Several new pieces are now available and samples of these can be listen to by clicking the following link www.classicalsingersdirectory.com


John Hosking is Assistant Organist of St. Asaph Cathedral. He studied at the Royal College of Music and held organist appointments at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster Abbey and Truro Cathedral. His compositions are mainly liturgical, but he has just produced a large-scale work "The Seven Trumpets" with the same instrumentation as the chamber version of Karl Jenkins' "The Armed Man". Details of all compositions are available from his website, www.freewebs.com/johnhosking


John Marlow Rhys, winner of the 2000 International Composers Prize in Budapest, Hungary, has written a 4/5 minutes piece called "Resonemus Laudibus" for SATB and organ. The piece is somewhat 'minimalist' and benefits from a resonant ambience. Details of this and other choral works are available from the composer's website

John Pitts - Winner of the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship Fund Composition Award 2003 and SPNM shortlisted composer from Bristol, with various anthems and other Christian music are available online to see, hear and buy from http://pitts.listen.to or contact johnpitts@blueyonder.co.uk  

José Manuel Rosa is a ‘Holy Minimalism’ Composer (like Arvo Pärt and Sir John Tavener). Please visit MySpace, Youtube, Facebook and Linkedin fo more details of my woks. You can hear some of my pieces simply typing on Youtube “Holy Minimalism”. Then you will find pieces by me as well as by Arvo Pärt and Sir John Tavener. I am seeking choirs interested in doing performances or some recording of my works. Besides “Primera Carta de San Pedro” and “Salve Regina”, I could compose many other works (for choir and organ). The choir can sing using the recording of my music (in karaoke mode), that you can download below. The choir could sing also with an orchestra, since the score is for orchestra and choir. If the choir does some performance or recording, please send me the one, for example trough Youtube.com or 4shared.com. If the videos or recordings are Full HD I could put them on my site. Anybody can contact me at the following address: jmrosa100@gmail.com


Kathryn Rose is currently organist and choirmistress at St Andrew's Church, Leytonstone, where several of her choral works have been sung; other churches that have used her music include St Mary's Addington, St Paul's Woldingham and St Chad's, Chadwell Heath. In April 2014 her work was selected to be included in a community songbook, "Sing For Our Planet". Kathryn has a strong interest in making music more readily available to the general public and is passionate about removing barriers to access. She has organized performances of public-domain music aimed at raising awareness of copyright and intellectual property issues from the perspective of audience, performers and composers. Because of her commitment to accessibility Kathryn puts her much of her work online at the Choral Public Domain Library (see http://www3.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/Kathryn_Rose ) to encourage sharing. For more information see her website at http://www.artsyhonker.net 


Kim Kirkman has composed pop songs for choirs, children's music for choirs and Church Music, including a Salve Regina. For more information email kimkirkman73@hotmail.com

Laurence Hughes is a composer who has written a lot of choral music - some of which has been performed by the BBC Singers, The New London Childrens' Choir, The New London Collegium, Highgate Choral Society, The Arcadian Singers of Oxford University and others, and has been broadcast on BBC Radio and TV. Works range from songs for children, through church music, to larger pieces like his Requiem and 'On The Morning of Christ's Nativity' for choir and orchestra. You can view, play through and download his music

at http://members.sibeliusmusic.com/lah/


Lisa Mears is a composer and musician based in Swansea, having studied at Bristol University and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Lisa’s song cycle Cinco Canciones Espanolas and Mosaic Counterpoint, for mixed chamber ensemble, were Highly Commended by the Society for the Promotion of New Music in 2004 and in 2006 Mosaic Counterpoint was the winning entry in the BSO Kokoro Ensemble Composition Competition.  Lisa was a shortlisted composer in the Cornwall International Festival of Male Voice Choirs Composition Competition 2012, a finalist in the Small Choirs Festival Composition Competition 2012 and First Prize winner at the Small Choirs Festival Composition Competition 2013. Lisa’s music is regularly performed by choirs and musicians around the UK. For more information please email: lisajmears@yahoo.co.uk or lisamears@msn.com


Louise Duke is seeking a choir to perform her new work - a requiem scored for SATB, organ, for all movements except one that has cello and baritone soloist. It has 8 movements, mostly in Latin. It lasts approx 22 mins. It is written on music software. Contact number is 01305 767446. Address, 85 Portland Rd, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 9BG. The easiest way to contact her is by email louise.spider@gmail.com


Luca Tieppo I am an Italian professional composer and in Italy I have won several prestigious competitions, such as the Milano Milhaud in 1994 thanks to which I became the youngest composer in residence at "Pomeriggi Musicali" in Milan, with Marco Tutino as musical director and in cooperation with Sonzogno music publisher. Many of my works have been performed successfully in Italy and abroad. For example, recently my "Preludes sur la Danse" (a collection for piano solo) have been premiered in Connecticut by Scott Mayfield and have received the appreciation of several international pianists. Also my "Bergen Elegy" (Elegy n°1 for string orchestra), after having won the first prize at the International Composing Competition "Ottorino Respighi" in 2007 (in commission Arvo Paert), has successfully been performed in Italy by many orchestras. Here in London I am completing the orchestration of a sacred work, for choir, four soloists and symphony orchestra with electric guitar, electric bass, drums and percussions. It is entitled "Resurrection Mass" and is a Mass for the Easter time, which follows Vatican II and in English, as the language of the new generation in the world. Now I am looking for opportunities this work to be performed. Email Luca Tieppo

Mark Browse is a choral composer whose works have been performed in the UK, Europe and the USA.  Lyrical in style and firmly rooted in the great English tradition of choral music, his compositions range from simple short songs and anthems to opera and oratorio.  For more details visit markbrowse.net

Martin Read's music has been performed by numerous choirs - incl Bath Bach Choir, Bath Camerata, The Holst Singers & Winchester Cathedral Choir. Much of his Christmas music, including a setting of Wendy Cope's The Christmas Life,  is published by Banks. More details

Michael Overbury is a freelance musician living in Nottinghamshire with a life-time's experience of working with liturgical music. Almost all his works are suitable for church choirs. Reviews include the following choice remarks:

* exceptionally clear, user-friendly format; as generous to its listeners as to its singers; approachable and singable; ...provides top lines that are fresh, memorable, and patterned just as he gives to lower parts logical and expressive lines well within the reach of a competent parish church choir; deserves to be better known

* long, flexible skeins of melody - * lovely harmonic sequences - * bare, timeless feel, a kind of ancient rawness - * fluid harmonisation - * exquisite, gorgeous, yearning - * apt, chromatic - * flexible, expressive, well-conceived - * lovely anthem, with a touch of Dowland-like sadness - * thoughtful, ruminative - * reflects expert knowledge of the limits and possibilities of the genre; wisely provide interesting but not disconcerting harmonic movement; expressive, effective, fluid - * declamatory, assertive, ceremonial.

* quotes from a review by Francis O'Gorman in Organists' Review September 2015

"... a fine congregational setting, which ... will add dignity and beauty to parish worship." (Peter Westfield in New

Directions); "beautifully crafted with elegant choral parts; harmonically rich" (John Hogan, Bendigo Cathedral, Australia)

"I like your Mass setting" (S. Morley, Catholic Diocese of Sale, Australia)

To obtain a Catalogue please email to overburys@yahoo.co.uk


Michael Short studied music at Morley College and London University and in 1966 won a Mendelssohn Scholarship to study composition in Italy with Goffredo Petrassi and in London with Sir Lennox Berkeley. He recently completed a Celebration Ode for chorus and orchestra, commissioned and first performed by the Hastings Philharmonic Choir conducted by Shirley Carey.  A couple of  recent works have been published by Roberton (now distributed by Goodmusic)  They are Three Shakespeare Songs, and A Wedding Song, both for unaccompanied SATB. He is also working on a large-scale cantata based on the life and work of Galileo Galilei, scored for narrator, chorus, small ('motet') choir, string quartet, and orchestra.  Anyone interested in putting on a performance of this work, which requires a large and competent choir, such as could easily cope with Walton's Belshazzar's Feast or Holst's First Choral Symphony.  Please contact him at mshort@dassells.free-online.co.uk

Michael Maxwell Steer was a Canterbury chorister whose career lay in composing, writing & producing for broadcast tv & radio. As well as conducting the world premiere of Nicholas Nickleby while London Director of Music for the RSC, his electronic work Elegy was premiered by the SPNM, and he was Head of 20thC Studies at the Junior Royal College of Music. Maxwell’s play A Tormented God was commissioned by the Royal National Theatre. In 1991 he turned his back on the mainstream world to develop his creative commitment to green and holistic values. These pieces reflect the integration of Maxwell’s mature musical language with his alternative spiritual values. For further information visit http://msteer.co.uk

Nicholas Wilton. Extracts of my sacred choral music (mostly a cappells for SATB and a couple of pieces for SSAA) can be listened to at my web site www.catholicmusic.co.uk . There is a page of a few of the reviews I have had and one can also look at sheet music samples on the Music Samples page and download these. Sheet music for all pieces including more recent ones which are not on the CD (sung by Magnificat, directed by Philip Cave) is produced to a high quality and can be bought directly from me. My email address is sales@catholicmusic.co.uk  

Organists' Review described some of my pieces as "...miniature masterpieces...a result of pure inspiration...I want every choir...to perform these wonderful pieces. Quite simply they are the finest music of their type I have seen in a long time." (Michael Edwards). Recently Cantiones Sacrae of Dundee performed for the first time in Scotland my Missa Brevis - as well as Locus iste - a piece the choir commissioned. Both pieces were well received.


Noel Bannister is a professional musician, composer/arranger based in East Sussex who writes music for local choirs in a variety of styles. These can be heard here http://www.noelbannister.co.uk/pages/Choral.htm


Owain Park is a British born composer, conductor, singer and organist. Owain was a chorister at St Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol, and there developed his love of choral music. He has written a number of choral works, from three male voices to double mixed choir. In 2010, Owain won the NCEM Composers' Award, with his setting of George Herbert's poem 'Virtue' (the piece entitled 'Sweet Day'). The same year, he won the Phoenix Singers of Shrewsbury International Composition Competition with his setting of Maragret College's poem 'Time Was'. Owain has also recieved accolades from the HMC, and the BBC, and was awarded a 'Highly Commended' placing in the Proms Young Composers' Competition in 2010 for his setting of Tennyson's 'Tears, Idle Tears' (which can be found on YouTube).

Owain is also a member of many choirs, such as the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, the RSCM Millennium Youth Choir, the City of Bristol Choir, Exultate Singers, the Wellensian Consort, and the Hogan Ensemble, as well as school chapel and chamber choirs. As well as singing these choirs, Owain enjoys conducting them, and plans to pursue a career in conducting and composing music. Owain can be found online at http://www.owainpark.co.uk/, and emailed on info@owainpark.co.uk

Patricia Evans I have recently been commissioned to compose a choral piece to be performed at the end of 2014. Some of my choral pieces have been performed in Northants. As part of the Composers association, I have had several works performed,  most of these are SATB and unaccompanied. Email. evans.35@ btinternet.com


Patrick Larley studied at the RNCM and is now a freelance composer, conductor and keyboard player. His choral works, performed throughout the UK and in America, have been recorded on CD and broadcast on Radio 3 and are published by Chudleigh's Music. To listen to his music, order copies or discuss possible commissions visit  www.patricklarley.com or email enquiries@patricklarley.com

Paul Ayres, British composer and arranger (and also a choral director himself) has a large catalogue of works at www.paulayres.co.uk His choral music has been widely performed, commissioned, published and broadcast. Music for all sorts of choral group - amateur, professional, children's, youth, adult, sacred and secular. Free perusal scores are sent as Finale or PDF files.

Paul Freeman studied at Wolverhampton & Kingston University and has had works performed all over London and the UK. He composes almost entirely for the Church. He also gives piano recitals in London. Works include a large scale Requiem, Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis, The Preces & Responses and anthems and motets for specifics and general use as well as works for other genres. For more information and contact details visit http://profmusic.tripod.com

Paul Magee is a self taught British composer and publisher of his own work. He composes primarily for Piano but does have a choral 'Recordare' available lasting approximately 7 minutes, written for SATB, Chorus and Orchestra ready for a premiere performance. He can create a Piano reduction of the score if necessary. He is also working on a Benedictus for a Chorus of SATB singers and Orchestra. The score for 'Recordare' is available for a limited period from http://www.free-scores.com/Download-PDF-Sheet-Music-bootheven.htm  - For further details e-mail: Paul Magee at pemmusic@btinternet.com


Peter Owens Over many years’ experience as a conductor of school and amateur choral groups, Peter has regularly composed and arranged music for choir – both with instrumental accompaniment and a cappella – in response to opportunities and requests for concerts and church services. As friends and colleagues increasingly ask for the scores of these pieces to sing with their own groups, a collection of Peter's choral music is offered here, which may be listened to, downloaded, copied and performed free of charge. The music has proved popular with singers, audiences and congregations in England and abroad and evokes Peter’s own eclectic tastes: as well as Renaissance, light and folk music, he especially enjoys conducting sacred Russian repertoire; he has published articles on the music of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and led the group Intimate Voices in performances of Stockhausen’s Stimmung. Though a graduate in music from London University, Peter is self-taught as a composer; his work has received encouragement from Alan Bullard, Andrew Carter and John Rutter at recent gatherings of the Association of British Choral Directors. for more information and contact details visit http://www.peterowens.net

Peter Willsher, freelance composer & conductor, had led an active musical life in England before emigrating to Canada in 1988. In England he had been the director of music at several schools noted for their choral and orchestral programs, including sung performances in Westminster Abbey, and the Goldsmith, Queen Elizabeth and Royal Albert Halls. As a professional conductor, he has directed several choirs and orchestras in Ontario and Quebe. He is a prolific composer who writes in a variety of styles. For the students at West Heath School he wrote several cantatas, piano pieces and a song cycle for piano and string accompaniment.His next project will be a Missa Brevis for the Cantabile Chorale in Montreal, it will highlight the plight of underprivileged children. Visit www.peterwillsher.com for more information or works and contacts..


Phil Baker studied composition with Edmund Rubbra at GSMD and as a post-graduate student supervised by Simon Holt at Royal Holloway College, London, for the degree of M.Phil. His output includes arrangements and Gebrauchsmusik for children and music for theatre including a chamber opera on Chaucer’s The Pardoner’s Tale (using original text) and an operatic musical based on Swift’s ‘Gulliver’s Travels’. His work has received performances through the SPNM, at The Hawth Theatre and Studio in Crawley, at the Lewes, Brighton and Huddersfield Festivals, in Chichester Cathedral and the Gardner Arts Centre and elsewhere. Works in progress The Bayeux Tapestry – an opera in English, French and Latin based on the depictions of The Bayeux Tapestry; libretto by William Gilbert. Christmas Carol on a text from the Carmina Gadelica: SATB a cappella For more information email  lindsay-phil@talk21.com


Philip Armstrong has recently completed an extensive work for 5 vocalists (lyric soprano, mezzo soprano, contralto, tenore robusto & basso profundo), mixed choir and large orchestra. Entitled 'The Rage of Achilles', it is a setting of the first part of Homer's Iliad. You can listen to a sample of the piece at www.philiparmstrong.net or request a copy of the full score at gt@philiparmstrong.net Philip Armstrong studied composition at the RAM and his pieces have been performed internationally and shortlisted by the SPNM. This is exciting and energetic music!

Phillip Cooke is A British composer, born in Cumbrian and currently a Junior Research Fellow at Oxford University. He studied at Durham, Manchester and Cardiff Universities and has had works played by many of the country’s top choirs and ensembles. He has recently written pieces for the Temple Church Choir, Choir of Gloucester Cathedral and the Choir of Queen’s College Oxford. His work has been featured in this year’s London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, Lake District Summer Music Festival and he was the featured composer in the December 2009 edition of Choir & Organ (who commissioned a new motet). He is writing new works for several choirs, including a Te Deum for Aurora Nova to be performed in St Paul’s Cathedral in 2011. He has written a large body of work, both secular and sacred which can be viewed and downloaded at www.phillipcooke.com

Philip Lawson was a Lay Clerk at Salisbury Cathedral for 11 years having been a freelance singer in London. He has for 13 years now been a baritone with The King's Singers and is also their principal arranger. His compositions and arrangements are published mainly by Hal Leonard Corporation, but he has works published by several other houses. For a complete listing go to www.philiplawson.net, or contact Philip direct via The King's Singers' website www.kingssingers.com

Philip Stopford, Director of Music Belfast Cathedral has a range of new choral music compositions available on line, with audio clips and downloadable PDF files. ...more

Phillip Neil Martin was awarded the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Prize 2003. He has just completed a new piece for Unaccompanied SATB Chorus called “I See Heaven” commissioned by by Christopher Glynn and the St. Stephen's Festival of Arts and Faith 2005. "I See Heaven" will receive its first performance by the choir of St. Stephen’s Festival of Arts and Faith at St. Stephen’s Church, Gloucester Road on 10th July 2005 and will ten be available to other choirs. Duration abt.6 minutes. For more information email or visit PNM's new Website

Ray Saunders ( b 1951 ) is an English Composer living in the South West of England. Ray is a retired Head teacher and started writing choral music four years ago whilst a baritone member of Weston Super Mare Choral Society. His work has been performed by traditional choral societies, community choirs and youth/school choirs. His music and lyrics tell stories which reflect world issues and modern themes. His most successful performed work to date has been a 40 minute choral cantata entitled ‘ A Better World ‘ which is a story about two refugees and their trials and tribulations on their journey to a new future. It is held together by a series of brief narrations, each with a choral backing and a slide show of original art work to illustrate each song in the story. His music in contemporary in style and although mostly in SATB format, it is very flexible and can easily be adapted to other choral formats and choirs of all abilities. Information about his musical services can be found on line at his website http://www.raysaunderschoral.com and he can be contacted by e mail at  rhs.saunders@virgin.net . The website showcase page enables all current scores to be viewed and listened to.


Ray Smith (b.1947) is a composer and arranger of, mainly, choral music. From a full Latin text mass for choir and orchestra lasting over 75 minutes to a cappella works such as his setting of Ave Maria (world premier by Lincoln Cathedral Choir – lower voices only [AATTBB]).  A major new work, The Shewings, based on the writings of Julian of Norwich, will be premiered on 10th May 2014 at 7pm, St Wulfram’s Church, Grantham and will be performed wholly by women. Ray also covers the non-sacred area with arrangements of traditional British songs and others from around the world. For full listing of all works available go to http://www.scoreexchange.com/profiles/raysmith or to contact him on e-mail at ray@penray.co.uk


Richard Donnelly is 33 years old. Between 1996 and 2003 he lectured at University College Chichester, specialising in composition. His works include an opera, "Think Bike" (1999), the soundtrack to an award winning dance film, "Double One" and various solo piano and ensemble pieces. Among his organ voluntaries and works for unaccompanied choir, several received their first performance in Chichester Cathedral. His favourite choral composers are Ligeti, Holst and Gesualdo. He hopes to compose the first oratorio to be performed in zero gravity. Email: composerdonnelly@hotmail.com
Richard Lambert (born 1951, Bath) is an experienced composer with a special interest in choral music. His catalogue is shamelessly eclectic in its mixture of styles, and yet is still intrinsically English.  His   kappelmeister music serves school, church and community - a wide range of pieces written over many years for enthusiastic amateurs.  These pieces have mostly been composed to order for specific forces and represent his passion for serving the wider community.  Recently, he was pleased to collaborate with the celebrated poet, George Szirtes, on a major choral work, The Returning,  which commemorates the centenary of World War 1.  It is written in such a way as to include a roll call which can be tailored to include the performing choir's local fallen.  It is 43 minutes long, and would make an excellent companion piece to Vaughan Williams'  Dona Nobis Pacem,  as the orchestration is almost identical.  Of his two Christmas motets, 'Hodie Christus natus est' was performed by Clare College this year.  There are several  psalm settings, hymn descants, new settings of Christmas carols and secular part songs in his catalogue.  Please see  www.richardlambertmusic.co.uk for more information

Robert Hanson was born in 1948 and educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham, and Southampton University, obtaining his Ph.D. in 1976.  He is an experienced orchestral and choral conductor, concentrating on the latter in recent years.  He has taught at Dartington College of Arts and from 1991 until 2007 he was Director of Music at Morley College, London.  He now works freelance, composing, conducting and teaching. His choral music ranges from editions of Renaissance, Baroque and Classical music through arrangements of Romantic songs for to a wide spectrum of original work. More information email Robert Hanson rfhanson@btinternet.com

Robert Hugill is a London based composer who has written a wide range of choral music both sacred and secular. His sacred music has been performed by a variety of choirs including St. Woolos Cathedral, Newport, South Wales; the Oxford Oratory; St. Mary's Catholic Church, Cadogan Street, Chelsea; St. Peter's Church, Ealing. He has written commissions for Crouch End Festival Chorus and for the London Concord Singers. The eight:fifteen vocal ensemble and FifteenB are showcasing Robert's music at a mini-Festival at St. Peter's Eaton Square in Jan/Feb 2008 to celebrate the release of Robert's new CD 'The Testament of Dr. Cranmer'. http://www.divine-art.com/CD/25053info.htm All of Robert's music is available on-line, with samples, programme notes etc, at http://www.sphericaleditions.co.uk/

Robin Benton is a graduate of London University and has written 2 Christmas pieces for SATB Choir and piano.  These are published in the US by Emerson Music (www.emersonmusic.com). Visit his website at www.robinbenton.com

Robin Mayhew Robin  was a 1960's rocker with a band called The Presidents which 'almost made it big'.  He then worked as sound engineer for many high profile acts during the 70's including all the live shows for David Bowie's alter ego phenomenon Ziggy Stardust followed by Lou Reed, Mott the Hoople and David Essex.  Now in retirement he has become a songwriter and composer making music for anyone and everyone. Visit http://www.robinmayhew.co.uk

Rod Mather is the Choral Director of St. Clement's on the hill Anglican Church in Stafford, Brisbane, Queensland. He studied music at Kingham Hill School in Oxfordshire under the composer Bryan Kelly. During his time at St. James the Great he helped to form the Newport Pagnell Deanery Choirs Festival where the choirs of the deanery get together for a well rehearsed Choral Evensong. This has been so popular now that after 10 years it is still going strong with the addition of a concert for presentation pieces.  Please visit http://www.rodeby.noteperfect.net to view his compositions and arrangements.It is intended that the music on his website can be freely shared without worry.

Roger May is an award winning composer with a growing catalogue of vocal and choral works that have been performed across the South of England. His musical style is tonal yet colourful with rich harmonies, and is well-liked by performers and audience alike. Roger is also active in instrumental music: his orchestral works have been performed by the National Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra of Opera North, he is Composer-in-Residence with the National Saxophone Choir, and he has orchestrated for major film and TV productions. For more details please go to www.rogermay.co.uk

Roger Teichmann (b. 1963) is a composer of choral, orchestral and chamber music.  His cantata The Serpent God for soprano, baritone, chorus, orchestra and organ, was premiered at a gala concert in Oxford Town Hall in April 2007.  Other choral pieces include O Vos Omnes, And I Saw An Angel and The Human Form, the last two of which were written for, and premiered by, the group Oxford Collutorium.  His latest commission is for a setting of Psalm 100 for choir, organ and strings, to be performed in mid 2009.  More details are available from his website: www.rogerteichmann.org.uk

Ronald Law has been working with Schools, Churches and Choral Societies for over 30 years. He has recently made his many compositions available to all on www.musicbusinessplus.com For further details, list of works, etc. contact him at Music Business Plus, 47 Huntley Road, S11 7PA  Email - Ronlawmusic@aol.com Tel.  0114 2668 913

Santino Dear Composer of sacred and classical music orgininario of Palestrina, Rome - Italy. Composer of over 173 sacred songs for choirs a cappella or with instruments, with texts in Latin, Italian, and some in English, plus a Missa Brevis for SATB and orchestra or organ, and a requiem Mass for voices mixed and orchestra. I also wrote 290 classical works for piano, organ, woodwinds, orchestra. My songs are sacred chants from, SATB, up to 8 mixed voices. All these works are included here: http://santinocara.musicaneo.com/ and on my official website: http://www.santinocara.com/


Sheena Phillips is an award-winning composer, arranger and choral director based in London.  She was founding director of Rudsambee Company of Singers in Edinburgh, and lived in the US for 15 years, where she composed for and directed community, church and college choirs.  She is published by Boosey & Hawkes, Earthsongs, Santa Barbara Music Press, National Youth Choir of Scotland and others, and self-published at Canasg Music.  Free perusal scores on request.  Website at www.sheenaphillips.com   


Simon McEnery has been commissioned to write choral music by Salisbury Cathedral (Pentecost, Passio Christi Conforta Me, Light), the Eton Choral Course (Gerard Manley Hopkins Responses) and Berkhamsted Choral Society (The Nativity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, 3 Sacred Pieces), and ranges from anthems to oratorios via incidental music to theatrical productions.   He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Southampton University.   He specialises in music that draws heavily on popular music and music theatre styles placed in a choral or liturgical context.   He publishes his own music via his website, which also contains music samples: www.mcenery.co.uk.

Stephen Trahair has been involved with local church choirs and amateur music groups in West Devon for many years, and has first-hand experience of the difficulties of obtaining suitable music for 3 or 2-part choirs, and choral groups of limited ability.  He has written many works for choirs with limited resources and/or ability, including Psalm-Anthems, introits and a Mass setting.  He also writes organ music for amateur organists, including A little organ book of hymn preludes, described by Organist's Review  as "a delightful book ... a welcome addition to the repertoire for the player of about grade 6 standard."  His work is published by his own company, DocWrite Church Music, whose catalogue can be found at www.swcchoir.org.uk

Stephen Tyler is a British composer and choral conductor, and founder of Reading A440 Choir.   His music is wide ranging in style and subject matter.   All of his scores can be viewed in full online at: www.stephentylermusic.com


Steven Giffin is a Welsh composer who specialises in choral and educational music.  He has had performances of his music around the world including in the USA, New Zealand and Italy.  His music has been described as "alluring" (Kenneth Walton, The Scotsman) http://www.scoreexchange.com/profiles/griff / http://www.facebook.com/pages/Griffmusic/148251751879579 / http://www.youtube.com/mrgriffmusic

Steven Kings is a former winner of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival Young Composers’ Competition and the Tong International Piano Duet Competition. His haiku mass for SATB and brass ensemble was shortlisted for a British Composers Award in 2003. Other choral compositions include a setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in Greek (2004), as well as four Meditations on religious texts, and a set of Three Advent Carols. He has also made arrangements of the National Anthem and the Welsh Anthem for choir, brass and percussion. For further information contact drstevenkings@hotmail.com or visit www.stevenkings.co.uk

Thomas Neal (b.1990) is an organist, conductor, and prize-winning church composer. Notable works include Salve Regina (2008) for Westminster Cathedral Choir, Te lucis ante terminum (2009) for the Oundle for Organists POS Course in July 2009, and Pange lingua (2009) for the Ebor Singers and the National Centre for Early Music, York. Thomas' music appears regularly in concert programmes and in the schedules of cathedral choirs, including recent performances in Venice, Oxford, London, Birmingham, York, Akron (Ohio), and Paris. Thomas is currently an undergraduate at Clare College Cambridge. Email: cauliflower@hotmail.co.uk

Tim Knight is an established composer with choral works published and performed in the UK, USA and Canada. He has a wide variety of works available for choirs of all sizes and is currently working on a Te Deum for an American Choir. Any UK Choir wishing to give a performance of this is welcome to contact him. Commissions, however small, are always very welcome, further details of all works, Recordings etc are available at www.tim-knight.20m.com

Timothy Salter has written a large body of choral music spanning most of his composing career.  His works range from the luminosity and excitement of such pieces as Katharsios (piano, percussion and chorus) to the lyricism, sadness and humour of his many English folk-song arrangements that have delighted audiences around the world.  See www.timothysalter.com for details of scores and recordings.

Waddy Thompson is an American composer residing in New York City. He has written many vocal works, including several for chorus, most recently a Christmas carol for SATB and a work for TTBB accompanied by organ or 3 French horns and bassoon. He studied composition at the Eastman School of Music and with Carlisle Floyd. See www.waddythompsonmusic.com for more details.


Will Todd (b.1970) has completed numerous commissions for choirs including Northampton Bach Choir, Hertfordshire Chorus, Derby Choral Union and Durham Choral Society.  Born and brought up in County Durham, much of his music is based around North Eastern themes, but his love of story telling has also led to the creation of a number of important works on subjects ranging from murder in 1960s New York to the ancient Nordic Myths.  His extensive output includes oratorio, many sacred settings, opera, musicals, orchestral works and works for children.  Notable and often-performed works include oratorios The Burning Road (about the Jarrow March) and Saint Cuthbert; and Mass in Blue  - a jazz setting of the latin mass.  Visit www.tyalgumpress.com for more information, a complete list of works, and details of how to obtain scores

William Copper, who studied composition with George Crumb, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Joseph Schwanter, is publishing a great deal of choral music. Highlights include "Lovelife Dances" and "New Lovelife Dances" two half-hour suites for mixed chorus with piano, 4 hands, and "Sea Songs", four a cappella settings of sea poetry, duration around 10 minutes. Works in preparation include a Magnificat for chorus and orchestra, "Dinggedicht-Fugen" for chorus and piano (in German), and a Mysteries of Light Mass for chorus and orchestra. Information at www.hartenshield.com, email music@hartenshield.com.



Lyricists


Don Read is a professional song-writer and, in collaboration with choral arranager Michael Neaum, has recently completed fifteen lyrics to popular classical pieces of music including Long Live Love (Beethoven- Pathetique), Tomorrow Is Forever (Albinoni-Adagio In G Minor), If We Were In Love (Chopin- Etude In E Major), and is  now looking for adventurous choirs to perform some or all of them. For more details email Don Read