Explore our most recent Secular music for choirs. Where available, sample pages, audio recordings, and additional information can be found on the specific web pages for each product linked below.
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Slow Down has a relaxed swing feel, with imaginative lyrics by the composer that encourage us to take time out of our busy lives. The baritones have fun with a scat bassline while the upper parts enjoy exploring a swung quaver style, all underpinned by a supportive yet characterful piano part. Also available in a version for TTBB and piano.
CCBar and piano
Easy – Moderately Difficult
Published June 2019
Explore more from our Emerging Voices series for changing (or ‘cambiata’) voices.
In this expressive setting, Chilcott adapts the Prayer of St Francis, with its focus on peace and unity. A semi-chorus, which may be taken from within the choir or by an upper-voice or children's choir, weaves Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy' melody into the texture, creating a powerful presentation of the unifying power of song.
Higgins's arrangements of three North-American traditional songs are sophisticated and beautiful. 'Bright morning stars', 'Little wheel a-turnin'', and 'He's gone away' are set in a characterful way, and supported by well-crafted piano accompaniments.
See the light sets a text by the composer inspired by the Hawaiian story 'The Bowl of Light'. With its uplifting melodies and energetic rhythms, this accessible piece explores the light in each person and creates a sense of community, while the sparkling piano accompaniment supports the voices with its repeating figures.
SA and piano
Very Easy – Easy
Published January 2020
Explore more from our Songbird series for upper voices.
Setting words by the composer, Swept Away is a beautiful, haunting piece with pop-inspired rhythms and harmonies. The scat syllables of the lower parts are combined with a flowing melody in the soprano to create a powerful work exploring the journey of the singers in the wind.
Published October 2019
Explore more from our Voice Junction series featuring secular songs for all modern mixed-voice singing groups.
“The settings [are] as sharply etched as Viking jewellery: lyrical, intense, concise, the one-syllable-per-note style adding to the sense of directness, of nothing being wasted.”
This is an imaginative setting of a sequence of nine poems from 'Viking Poetry of Love and War' by Judith Jesch. The war poems are formal and celebratory, making vivid use of figures of speech known as 'kennings', while the love poems are more direct, and sometimes playful.