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Secular Choral Music

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

Ian Assersohn

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

3 minutes

Easy – Moderately Difficult 

Published June 2019

Explore more from our Emerging Voices series for changing (or ‘cambiata’) voices.

Make Us a Channel of Your Peace

Bob Chilcott

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.

Upper voices, SATB, and piano

4 minutes

Easy

Published June 2020

Three American Songs

Michael Higgins

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.

SATB (with divisions) and piano

8 minutes

Moderately Difficult

Published June 2020

See the light

Sarah Quartel

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 

4 minutes

Very Easy – Easy

Published January 2020

Explore more from our Songbird series for upper voices. 

Swept Away

Sarah Quartel

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.

SSATBarB unaccompanied

4 minutes

Moderately Difficult Published October 2019

Explore more from our Voice Junction series featuring secular songs for all modern mixed-voice singing groups. 

Poems of Love and War

Howard Skempton

“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.”

- reviewsgate.com

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.

SATB unaccompanied

8 minutes

Easy – Moderately Difficult

Published May 2020

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