Choral

A Canterbury Mass missa brevis (2007) British Composer Award Finalist (Making Music) 2008

  • Unaccompanied SATB
  • Duration: 13′
  • Gemini Publications
  • Commissioned by Janet and Douglas Mackay in memory of Brian Wickham
  • First performance 17 June 2007  |  City of Canterbury Chamber Choir
  • Wingham Parish Church, Wingham, near Canterbury
  • British Composer Award Finalist (Making Music) 2008

A Fancy of Folksongs (2003) - review available

  • English folksong settings
  • Mixed chorus, harp or piano
  • Duration: 12′
  • 1: Green bushes  |  2: The rambling sailor  |  3: The crystal spring  |  4: O, no John!
  • Oxford University Press
  • First performance 13 July, 2003  |  Canterbury Chamber Choir, Sally Pryce (hp)
  • George Vass, conductor  |  St Mary’s Church, Sittingbourne, Kent
  • A joyful celebration of youthful love and courtship, A Fancy of Folksongs bears all the hallmarks of Cecilia McDowall’s appealing and popular style: rhythmic vitality, occasional astringent harmonies, and strong melodies, all brought together to create a distinctive and fresh sound.

A Prayer of St Columba (2017) NEW

  • formerly known as ‘A Blessing’
  • SATB and piano
  • Duration: 3′
  • Oxford University Press (Flexible Anthems)
  • Commissioned by the Whitford family to celebrate their parents’ Diamond wedding anniversary.
  • First performance 19 August, 2012  |  St Albans, Herts
  • Premiered in Albuquerque, February 2018. Choral ensemble from the Cathedral of St John’s  |  Maxine Thevenot, piano
  • Suitable for weddings and any celebratory occasions

A red, red rose (2013)

  • Unaccompanied SSATB with short solo
  • Text: Robert Burns
  • Duration: 5′
  • Oxford Univeristy Press (2013)
  • Written for my niece, Victoria and Tim Shand’s wedding
  • First performance 8 September, 2012  |  Chantage, James Davey, conductor  | St Columba, Pont Street, London, UK
  • With something intrinsically Scottish about it, this tender setting of the well-loved poem by Robert Burns, although written specifically for a wedding, would suit almost any occasion.

A Time for all Seasons (2016) NEW

  • A cantata for mixed voices and youth choir
  • Soprano solo, upper voices, SSATB, piano, and optional percussion
  • Duration: 18′
  • Text: Ecclesiastes and Kevin Crossley Holland
  • Oxford University Press
  • First performance April 2016  |  Harlow Chorus, Alex Chaplin  |  Chelmsford Cathedral
  • McDowall’s impressive range of musical styles, effective antiphonal writing, and artful juxtaposition of textures work together to create a meaningful experience for the listener.

A Winter’s Night – Christmas Cantata (2014)

  • Five carol arrangements in an original setting.
  • Mixed chorus  |  brass quintet, organ and percussion (1 player) OR organ.
  • Duration: 15′
  • 1: In Dulci Jubilo  |  2: O Little One Sweet  |  3: Noel Nouvelet  |  4: Still, still, still  |  5: Sussex Carol
  • Oxford University Press
  • First performance November, 2014  |  Worthing Choral Society, Aedan Kerney, conductor  |  First US performance, Choralis, Gretchen Kurhmann, Washington D.C
  • Through creative re-harmonization, rhythmic variation, and imaginative linking passages, McDowall conjures up a joyful atmosphere, delighting with familiar and surprising material in equal measure.

Ad Lucem A Canticle of Light (2009)

  • Text: Words taken from religious texts, proverbs, poets and philosphers
  • A cantata for soprano solo, SATB and strings or organ accompaniment.
  • Duration: 12′
  • Gemini Publications (orchestral parts for hire)
  • Commissioned by Alan McGlynn for the St Albans Choral Society
  • Review: ‘A powerfully affecting work, inspired by the Amnesty International motto, ‘Better to light a candle than curse the darkness.’

Adoro te devote (2016) NEW

  • Text: Thomas Aquinas
  • SSATB
  • Duration: 4′
  • Oxford University Press
  • First performance May 2015  |  The Choir of Westminster Cathedral  |  Martin Baker, conductor
  • Flowing and expressive, it features homophonic sections, melismatic lines, and optional soaring soprano solos. Adoro te devote is dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Nepalese Earthquake in 2015.

Advent Moon (2013)

  • SATB and optional hand bells
  • Text: Angier Brock
  • Duration: 4′
  • Oxford University Press
  • First performance 1 December, 2013 given by
  • The Choirs of Bruton Parish Church, Williamsburg, VA, US

Alma Redemptoris Mater (2010)

  • SSATBB
  • Text: Liber Usualis
  • Duration: 6′
  • Oxford University Press
  • First performance 22 July, 2010  |  The Marian Consort  |  St Mary’s Church, Conwy, Wales
  • A beautiful 6-part unaccompanied Marian motet which combines reminiscences of Renaissance settings of this text with McDowall’s distinctive contemporary voice.

An Hevenly Songe A Heavenly Song (2010)

  • A Christmas carol
  • Text: Medieval English
  • SATB and organ
  • Duration: 3′
  • Oxford University Press (2011)
  • Commissioned by Dulwich College, London
  • The Dulwich College Chapel Choir, John Carnelly, organ and Richard Mayo, conductor

Annunciation (2018) NEW

  • A carol for Advent
  • Text: John Donne
  • Unaccompanied SSATB choir
  • Duration: 4′
  • Oxford University Press (2018)
  • Commissioned by Janet Lince for Choros
  • First performance 4 December 2005  |  Choros/Janet Lince  |  Church of St Peter and St Paul, Deddington, Oxford
  • McDowall creates a captivating atmosphere as the voices explore a soundworld that is mystical, reflective, and bright. The sensitive part-writing and accessible vocal lines will enable choirs of all types to profess the carol’s message of ‘salvation to all’.

As each leaf dances (2017) NEW

  • soprano solo, SSATB, and organ
  • Duration: 6′
  • Oxford University Press
  • Commissioned by Barnardos
  • First performance 19 October, 2016  |  St Paul’s Cathedral, London  | The Choir of St Paul’s  |  Andrew carwood, conductor  |  Simon Johnson, organ
  • Text: Kevin Crossley Holland
  • A powerful anthem about the cruelty of child abuse being overcome by love and kindness. Reflecting this, the first section features a relentless organ part, jagged vocal lines, and dissonant harmonies, before giving way to a jaunty, dancing, and uplifting second section.

Ash Wednesday (2018) NEW

  • SATB and organ
  • Duration: 5′
  • Oxford University Press (publication date 31 May, 2018)
  • Commissioned by the Cathedral of St John’s and Friends, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • First performance 18 February, 2018 |  The Choir of the Cathedral of St John, Maxine Thevenot, conductor, Edmund Connolly, organ, Albuquerque, NM, US
  • Words: Christina Rossetti
  • The vocal lines are affecting and mostly simple, with some highly individual harmonies, while the organ part is by turns expressive and showy

Aurea luce (2010)

  • Anthem
  • SSATB and organ
  • Text: Elpis (wife of the philosopher Boethius)
  • Duration: 4′
  • Oxford University Press (2011)
  • Commissioned by The Friends of Liverpool Cathedral
  • First performance 27 June, 2010  |  The Choir of Liverpool, Ian Tracy, organ and David Poulter, conductor |  Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
  • The choral lines move between sonorous homophonic writing and vibrant imitative passages, and are underpinned by a repeated quaver motif in the organ. Combining a sense of joy with moments of reflection, this anthem will particularly appeal to choirs looking to expand their choral repertoire.

Author of Life Divine (2007)

  • Anthem
  • SA(T)B and organ
  • The Oxford Book of Flexible Anthems ed. Alan Bullard

Ave Maria (2004) - review available

  • Text: Marian
  • SSA
  • Oxford University Press
  • Commissioned by Janet and Douglas Mackay in memory of their parents for the City of Canterbury Chamber Choir
  • First performance 4 April 2004  |  City of Canterbury Chamber Choir/George Vass  |  St Mary of Charity, Faversham, Kent
  • This gentle supplication to the Virgin is built on a plainchant opening, and contains expressive dissonances and suspensions in a setting of great purity and directness. 

Ave maris stella (2001) - review available

  • Text: Ave maris stella, Psalm 26/27, Psalm 106/107
  • Soprano solo, mixed chorus, string orchestra
  • Duration: 12′
  • Oxford University Press
  • Score cat no NH43
  • Commissioned by The Portsmouth Grammar School
  • First performance 11 November 2001  |  Portsmouth Chamber Choir, London Mozart Players/Nicolae Moldoveanu  |  Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral
  • This beautiful and moving piece in seven sections combines text from the Ave maris stella antiphon and Psalms 26 and 106. Starting and finishing in a mood of peace and certainty, the work is structured around a turbulent middle section anticipating the gathering storm.

Ave Regina (2004) - review available

  • Text: Marian
  • Mixed chorus
  • Duration: 3′
  • Oxford University Press
  • Commissioned by Janet and Douglas Mackay in memory of their parents for the Canterbury Chamber Choir
  • First performance 4 April 2004  |  City of Canterbury Chamber Choir/George Vass  |  St Mary of Charity, Faversham, Kent

Be not afeard (2018) NEW

  • Text: Shakespeare
  • SSATB
  • Duration: 3′
  • Oxford University Press
  • Commissioned by the City of Canterbury Chamber Choir in memory of John McCabe
  • First performance July 2016  |  Faversham
  • An atmospheric and expressive setting of Caliban’s dream from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, this piece transports the listener to a mysterious, dream-like place. McDowall effectively employs melismas and ornaments to create a sense of the other-worldly, and her rich, immersive harmonies perfectly characterise the reverie Shakespeare’s protagonist describes.

Before the paling of the stars (2013)

  • A Christmas carol
  • Text: Christina Rossetti
  • SATB and organ
  • Duration 4′
  • Oxford University Press (2013)
  • Commissioned by Peter Beaven and the Choir of the Royal Memorial Chapel, Sandhurst
  • First performance 12 December, 2012  |  Choir of the Royal Memorial Chapel, Peter Beaven, conductor

Bless to me this day (2018) NEW

  • Text: ‘The Journey Prayer’ from the Celtic compendium Carmina Gadelica
  • SA (with divisions) and piano or organ
  • Duration: 4′
  • Oxford University Press
  • Commissioned by the BBC for the Scunthorpe Co-operative Choir, Sue Hollingworth, conductor
  • The sense of prescient optimism is captured in the flowing piano part, while the simplicity of the vocal lines enables the text to be imparted with warmth and sincerity.

Candlemas (2014) (from the Oakham Trilogy – From darkness into light)

  • Anthem (suitable for Candlemas and times of light)
  • Text: Denise Levertov/Nunc Dimittis – in English
  • SATB and organ
  • Duration: 4′
  • Oxford University Press
  • Commissioned by Oakham School, Rutland
  • First performance 3 February, 2013  |  The Oakham Chapel Choir, Peter Davis, conductor
  • McDowall’s Candlemas is a celebratory and powerful piece. Making use of choral divisions and suspensions and a dynamic organ part, this setting of Denise Levertov’s text (on the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple) is reverent, yet joyous, and is ideal for a liturgical setting.

Cantate Astra (2006)

  • A Christmas carol
  • Text: Christie Dickason
  • Unaccompanied SATB choir
  • Duration: 3′
  • Gonzaga Music (2013)
  • First performance 3 December 2006  |  City of Canterbury Chamber Choir/George Vass  |  St Mary’s Church, Chartham, Kent

Cecilia, busy like a bee (2017) NEW

  • SSATB a cappella
  • Text: adapted from the Divine Office for St Cecilia’s Day
  • Duration: 5.5′
  • Oxford University Press
  • Commissioned by Oakham School, Rutland
  • First performance 22 November, 2016  |  Chapel of Royal Holloway University  |  Rupert Gough, conductor
  • reflective and reverential, the influence of plainchant is particularly apparent in the soprano solo, and McDowall intersperses effective imitative passages amidst homophonic writing with rich harmonies.

Celebration (2016)

  • Organ solo
  • Duration: 6.5′
  • Oxford University Press
  • Celebration was commissioned especially to accompany the academic procession at Portsmouth University and was performed on the mighty Guildhall organ by David Price (University Organist).
  • First performance  July 2016  |  Guildhall, Portsmouth  |  Dr David Price, organ

Celestial Fire (2014) (from the Oakham Trilogy – From darkness into light)

  • Anthem (suitable for Pentecost and any time of the year)
  • Text: Denise Levertov/Veni Creator Spiritus – in English
  • SATB and organ
  • Duration: 4′
  • Oxford University Press
  • Commissioned by Oakham School, Rutland
  • First performance 25 May, 2013  |  The Oakham Chapel Choir, Peter Davis, conductor

Christ Child (1994)

  • A Christmas carol
  • Text: GK Chesterton
  • Mixed chorus, organ
  • Duration: 3′
  • Gemini Publications
  • First performance December 1996  |  Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy Choir, conductor Philip Berg  |  Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, London

Christmas Bells (1993)

  • A Christmas carol
  • Text: Longfellow
  • SA, organ
  • Gemini Publications
  • Commissioned by Colet Court, St Paul’s Preparatory School
  • First performance December, 1993  |  Colet Court Chamber Choir, conductor, Ian Hunter  |  St Mary Abbots, Kensington, London

Christus Natus Est Christmas Cantata (2002 rev. 2003) - review available

  • Five carol arrangements in an original setting.
  • Soprano solo (optional), unison children’s choir (optional), mixed chorus. There are three accompanying versions: Chamber orchestra [2/1.2.0.1 – 2.0.0.0 – hp – perc – strings] OR brass quintet, organ and percussion (1 player) OR organ.
  • Duration: 15′
  • 1: Personent hodie  |  2: Entre le boeuf  |  3: Gaudete  |  4: Infant Holy  |  5: Angelus ad virginem
  • Oxford University Press
  • Score cat no X467
  • First performance December 2003  |  St Albans Choral Society, St Albans Young Singers, Orchestra Nova/George Vass  |  Alban Arena, St Albans

City Almanac (2006)

  • Text: Christie Dickason
  • SSA and piano
  • Duration: 4′
  • Gemini Publications
  • Commissioned by South Hampstead High School
  • First performance 6 July, 2006  |  South Hampstead High School Junior Choir, Helen Reid, piano, Diana Kiverstein, conductor  |  Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod

Cradle Song (2005) - review available

  • A Christmas carol
  • Text: William Blake
  • Upper voices
  • Duration: 3′
  • Oxford University Press
  • First performance 2 December 2006  |  Trinity Juniors Equal Voice Choir/Simona Budd  |  St John’s, Waterloo, London

Deus, portus pacis (2009) British Composer Awards Finalist 2010

  • Text: John Walton
  • A cappella SSATB
  • Duration: 6′
  • Oxford University Press (2009)
  • Commissioned by Musicians Benevolent Fund
  • First performance 18 November, 2009  |  The Choirs of St Paul’s, Westmnister Cathedral and Westminster Abbey  |  St Paul’s Cathedral, London
  • British Composer Award Finalist (Liturgical) 2010

Deus, qui claro lumine (2005)

  • Motet
  • Text: Liturgia Horarum
  • Unaccompanied SSATB or SSSAA choir with soprano solo
  • Duration: 7′ 20″
  • Gemini Publications
  • Commissioned by Yoxford Festival 2005
  • First performance 20 August 2005  |  Choir of New College Oxford/ Edward Higginbottom  |  Yoxford Church, Yoxford, Suffolk

Every Winter Change to Spring Christmas Cantata (1991)

  • Soprano solo, three-part upper voice or lower voice chorus, orchestra [1.1.1.1 – 1.1.0.0. – perc – strings] or organ or piano
  • Duration: 20′
  • Gemini Publications
  • Commissioned by Gillian Humphreys
  • First performance 5 December 1991  |  Gillian Humphreys (s) London Musici/Mark Stephenson  |  St Nicholas, Chiswick, London
  • See also: Two Negro Spirituals

Everyday Wonders: The Girl from Aleppo NEW (to be published August 2018)

  • Upper Voices, SATB and optional solos from the choir; violin solo and piano accompaniment
  • Duration: 18′
  • Oxford University Press
  • Commissioned by The National Children’s Choir of Great Britain
  • First performance 10 August, 2018  |  NCCGB  |  Harriet Mackenzie, violin  |  Claire Dunham, piano  |  Dan Ludford-Thomas, conductor  |  Birmingham Town Hall, UK

Five Seasons (2006) - further information available

  • A cantata to celebrate the organic landscape
  • Text: Christie Dickason
  • Mixed chorus, oboe/cor, harp, string quartet,
  • Duration: 25′
  • Gemini Publications
  • Commissioned by Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir, funded by Respect Organics and Arts and Business
  • First performance 18 November, 2006  |  Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir, musicians from Kokoro, contemporary ensemble of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra  |  Sherborne Abbey

From darkness into light (2014) The Oakham Trilogy

  • See: Light Eternal  |  Candlemas  |   Celestial Fire

I have done what is mine to do (2006)

  • Anthem
  • Text: 13th cent. attrib. St Francis of Assisi (d.1226)
  • SATB – a cappella
  • Duration: 2′
  • Shorter House Publications
  • First performance 4 October, 2006  |  Choir of Ely Cathedral; conductor, Paul Trepte  |  Ely Cathedral  |  Composed for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the ordination of The Reverend Canon Dr Peter Sills, Vice-Dean of Ely on St Francis Day

I know that my Redeemer Liveth (2009)

  • Anthem
  • A cappella SSATB or with piano accompaniment
  • Duration: 4′
  • OUP publish the ‘a cappella’ version; Gemini Publications with the piano accompaniment
  • Commissioned by the Epsom Choral Society
  • First performance March 2009  |  Epsom Choral Society/Robin Kimber  |  St Martin’s Church, Epsom, Surrey

Jesu, the very thought of Thee (2010)

  • Anthem
  • Text: St Bernard of Clairvaux (trans: Edward Caswall)
  • Double choir and organ
  • Duration: 9′
  • Oxford University Press (2011)
  • Commissioned by The Right Revd. Professor Stephen Sykes
  • First performance 2 June, 2010  |  The Choir of St John’s College, Durham, conductor George Richford  |  Durham Cathedral

Laudate (2008) - Review available

  • Mezzo-soprano solo, SATB and orchestra [2 oboes (1 dbl cor) 2 trumpets, timps and strings]
  • Duration: 12′
  • Gemini Publications
  • Commissioned by St Albans Choral Society
  • First performance 12 April, 2008  |  Frances Bourne (mezzo-soprano) Orchestra Nova, George Vass (conductor)  |  Cathedral and Abbey of St Alban

Light Eternal (2014) (from the Oakham Trilogy – From darkness into light)

  • Anthem (suitable for Remembrance)
  • Text: Denise Levertov/Lux aeterna – in English
  • SATB and organ with tubular bell (optional)
  • Duration: 4′
  • Oxford University Press (2014)
  • Commissioned by Oakham School, Rutland
  • First performance 11 November, 2012  |  The Oakham Chapel Choir, Peter Davis, conductor

Lonely Hearts (2005)

  • Three songs
  • Text: Christie Dickason
  • SSAA with harp or piano accompaniment
  • Duration: 8′
  • 1: Autumn Migration  |  2: Night Garden  |  3: Would like to meet
  • Gemini Publications
  • First performance 19 June 2005  |  City of Canterbury Chamber Choir/Ruth Potter (harp)/George Vass  |  St Mary’s Church, Chilham, Kent

Magnificat (2003)

  • A setting of the Magnificat in six movements
  • Soprano solo, mezzo soprano solo, mixed chorus, orchestra [0.2/1.0.1 – 0.0.0.0 – strings]
  • Duration: 28′
  • 1: Magnificat  |  2: Ecce enim  |  3: Quia fecit  |  4: Et misericordia  |  5: Fecit potentiam  |  6: Deposuit potentes
  • Oxford University Press
  • Commissioned by Finchley Choral Society
  • First performance 15 November, 2003  |  Rachel Nicholls (s), Ruth Peel (m-s), Finchley Choral Society, Orchestra Nova/George Vass  |  Church of St Jude-on-the-Hill, Central Square, London NW11
  • (from CDLX7146)

Missa Brevis (Tongues of Fire) (rev. 2013)

  • SATB and organ
  • Duration: 15
  • Kyrie  |  Gloria  |  Linguae Ignis (Optional) |  Sanctus  |  Benedictus  |  Agnus Dei
  • Gemini Publications
  • Commissioned by the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, 2013
  • First performance 19 May 2013  |  Choir of LFCCM, Michael Waldron, organ, Christopher Batchelor, conductor, St Pancras, London.

Missa Mariae (2014)

  • SSA and organ (or piano)
  • Duration: 10
  • Kyrie  |  Gloria |  Sanctus  |  Benedictus  |  Agnus Dei
  • Gemini Publications
  • Commissioned by Queen Mary’s School, Thirsk, 2014
  • First performance 9 July 2014  |  Chapel Choir of Queen Mary’s School  |  Nicholas Carter, conductor

Night Flight (2015) Winner of the British Composer Award for Choral Music 2014

  • SATB and cello
  • Text: Sheila Bryer
  • Duration: 13′
  • New Moon  |  Crow Landing  |  Before Dawn
  • Oxford University Press 2015 (New Horizons)
  • Commissioned for the Musique Cordiale International Festival, Seillans, Var, France by Richard and Sue Street
  • First part performance of Night Flight (Before Dawn), 14 August, 2012
  • First US performance of ‘Night Flight’ 3 March, 2013
  • First UK complete performance of ‘Night Flight’ was given by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, Graham Ross, conductor, at the Fringe in the Fen Festival on 6 July, 2013
  • First London performance, 13 May, 2014  |  City Chamber Choir, Stephen Jones, conductor
  • Winner of the British Composer Award for Choral Music 2014

Now may we singen (2007)

  • A Christmas carol – a cappella
  • SATB
  • Duration: 3’48
  • Oxford University Press (The Ivy and the Holly – New Horizons)
  • Recorded by The Sixteen
  • Commissioned by Concord Singers
  • First performance December 2007  |  Concord Singers, conductor Mary Lock  |  Corn Exchange, Bedford

O Oriens (2013) British Composer Award Finalist (Liturgical category) 2013

  • A setting of one of the seven Advent O Antiphons – a cappella
  • Text: Magnificat Antiphon
  • Mixed chorus
  • Duration: 3′
  • Oxford University Press 2013
  • First performance 4 May, 2012  |  Choir of Merton College Chapel, Oxford, Benjamin Nicholas, conductor
  • Delphian recording DCD34122
  • British Composer Award Finalist (Liturgical category) 2013

Of a Rose (1993)

  • A Christmas carol – a cappella
  • Text: Anon
  • Mixed chorus
  • Duration: 3′
  • Novello: Noel 2
  • First performance 11 December 1993  |  Goodworth Singers/Alan Lloyd Davies  |  Royal Chelsea Hospital, London

On Angel’s Wing (1998 rev. 2002)

  • Text: John Clare
  • Soprano solo, baritone solo, mixed chorus, unison children’s choir, 2 pianos, timpani and 3 percussion
  • Duration: 13′
  • Gemini Publications
  • Commissioned by Royal Leamington Spa Bach Choir
  • First performance 28 June, 1998  |  Royal Leamington Spa Bach Choir, directed by Janet Lince  |  Royal Leamington Spa
  • revised version for soprano, baritone solo, mixed chorus, unison children’s choir, piano and percussion (1 player)

Preces and Responses (2010)

  • Text: Book of Common Prayer 1662
  • A cappella SATB
  • Oxford University Press 2011
  • Commissioned by the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music 2010
  • First performance 16 May, 2010  |  The St Pancras Church Festival Choir, conductor Christopher Batcelor  | St Pancras Church, London, UK

Psallite Domino (2010)

  • Text: Liber Usualis
  • A cappella SSATB
  • Commissioned by The Reverend Dr Hugh White, Vicar of Deddington
  • First performance 15 May, 2010  |  The Choir of St George’s Chapel, Windsor, conductor Tim Byram Wigfield  |  St Peter’s and St Paul’s, Deddington, Oxon

Psalm 65: Thou, O God, art praised in Zion (2012)

  • An uplifting Psalm for Thanksgiving and all seasons of the year
  • Text: Book of Common Prayer 1662
  • Soprano solo (optional), SATB, organ and trumpet (optional)
  • Duration 12′
  • Commissioned by Robin Vicary for the London Pro Arte Choir
  • First performance 24 November, 2012  |  London Pro Arte Choir, Robin Kimber, conductor, Katherine Crompton, soprano, Edward Batting, organ, Kate Moore, trumpet,
  • Mill Hill, London UK

Regina Caeli Shortlisted for British Composer Award (Liturgical) 2005 - review available

  • Text: Marian
  • SATB (divisi) a cappella
  • Oxford University Press
  • Commissioned by Janet and Doug Mackay in memory of their parents for the Canterbury Chamber Choir
  • First performance First performance 4 April 2004  |  Canterbury Chamber Choir/George Vass  |  St Mary of Charity, Faversham, Kent
  • Shortlisted for British Composer Award (Liturgical) 2005

Rise heart; thy Lord is Risen (2008)

  • Anthem for Eastertide/Ascensiontide
  • Text: George Herbert
  • A cappella SSAA
  • Duration: 2′
  • Gemini Publications
  • Commissioned by Portsmouth Grammar School

Shipping Forecast (2011)

  • Text: Seán Street | Psalm 107
  • Mixed voice choir and string accompaniment or piano
  • Duration: 14’30
  • 1: Donegal  |  2: They that go down to the sea  |  3: Naming
  • Oxford University Press (Autumn 2011)
  • Commissioned by Portsmouth Festival Choir
  • First performance 18 June , 2011  |  Portsmouth Festival Choir  |  Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral

Song of the Sea (2011)

  • SATB and organ
  • Duration: 4′
  • Gemini Publications
  • Commissioned by Liberal Jewish Synagogue
  • First performance 5 February, 2011  |  The Choir of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, Timothy Farrell, organ, Cathy Heller-Jones, conductor  |  Liberal Jewish Synagogue

St Martin’s Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (2003) - review available

  • Canticles
  • Mixed chorus, organ
  • Duration: 10′
  • Gemini Publications
  • Commissioned by Joyce and Leonard Wright
  • First performance 2 February, 2003  |  Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields, David Hurst , organ, Nicholas Danks, conductor  |  St Martin-in-the-Fields, London
  • Recording: available ‘Spirit of St Martins’

Stabat Mater (2004) British Composer Award Finalist (Making Music) 2005

  • Text: Liber Usualis
  • Baritone solo, two-part children’s chorus, mixed chorus, orchestra [1.0.1.1 – 2.0.0.0 – hp – 3.0.4.3.2]
  • Duration: 30′
  • 1. Stabat Mater dolorosa 2. Quis est homo qui non fleret 3. Pro peccatis suae gentis 4. Eia mater, fons amoris 5. Sancta Mater 6. Virgo virginum praeclara 7. Inflammatus et accensus
  • Oxford University Press
  • Commissioned by St Albans Choral Society to celebrate their Diamond Jubilee with financial support from the Williams School of Church Music and members of the choir
  • First performance 23 October 2004  |  Michael Bundy (bar), Parmiter’s Senior Singers, St Albans Choral Society, Orchestra Nova/George Vass  |  St Paul’s Church, St Albans, Hertfordshire
  • British Composer Award Finalist (Making Music) 2005

Standing as I do before God (2015)

  • A reflection on the eve of Edith Cavell’s death, October 12, 1915
  • Text: Edith Cavell  |  Sean Street
  • Soprano solo, SSATB
  • Duration: 5′
  • Oxford University Press
  • Commissioned by Sospiri and recorded by Susanna Fairbairn, soprano solo, Sospiri, conductor Christopher Watson on August 2, 2013

Talking Turkeys A Christmas carol (2007)

  • Text: Benjamin Zephaniah
  • SATB, piano, double bass and glock
  • Duration: 4′
  • Gemini Publications
  • Commissioned by Portsmouth Grammar School
  • First performance 14 December, 2007  |  Portsmouth Chamber School  |  Portsmouth Cathedral

The Angels for the Nativity (2005)

  • A Christmas carol
  • Text: William Drummond
  • SATB and organ
  • Duration: 3′
  • Gemini Publications
  • First performance 10 December 2005  |  The Addison Singers/David Wordsworth  |  St Michael and All Angels, Bedford Park, London W4

The Lord is Good (2012) British Composer Award Finalist (Liturgical category) 2012

  • SATB and two soprano soloists
  • Text: Lamentations of Jeremiah
  • Oxford University Press (2011)
  • First performance 31 March 2012  |  Merton College, Oxford
  • Naxos recording: ‘Desolata Est’  |  Sospiri  |  Chris Watson, conductor
  • British Composer Award Finalist (Liturgical category) 2012

The Night is Still (2009)

  • A Christmas Carol
  • Text: Tennyson: In Memoriam XVIII
  • Voice 1 & 2 and organ
  • Oxford University Press from The Oxford Book of Flexible Carols ed. Alan Bullard

The skies in their magnificence

  • Text: Thomas Traherne
  • SSAATTBB
  • Duration: 5′
  • Gemini Publications
  • Commissioned by English Music Festival
  • First performance 27 May 2008  |  The London Chorus/Ron Corp  |  Dorchester Abbey

The St Albans Service (2012)

  • SSA and organ
  • Evening Canticles – Mag and Nunc for upper voices
  • Gemini Publications (2013)
  • First performance 14 November, 2012, St Albans Girls Choir, St Albans Abbey, Tim Winpenny, conductor
  • Commissioned by Nicholas Jardine

Three Latin Motets (2004)

  • Text: Marian texts
  • SATB (with divisions) a cappella
  • Duration: 9′
  • 1. Ave Regina 2. Ave Maria 3. Regina Caeli
  • Oxford University Press
  • Commissioned by Janet and Douglas Mackay in memory of their parents for the City of Canterbury Chamber Choir
  • First performance 4 April 2004  |  Canterbury Chamber Choir/George Vass  |  St Mary of Charity, Faversham, Kent

Thy voice, o Harmony, is divine (2009)

  • A cappella SSATB
  • Commissioned by Magdalen College School, Oxford
  • First performance 3 July, 2009  |  The Choir of Magdalen College School  |  Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford
  • Commissioned in the year of Haydn’s
  • Bi-centenary to celebrate his visit to Oxford.

Tongues of Fire Missa Brevis (2000)

  • Mixed chorus, organ, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba
  • Duration: 25
  • 1: Kyrie  |  2: Gloria  |  3: Linguae Ignis  A  4: Sanctus  |  5: Benedictus  |  6: Agnus Dei
  • Gemini Publications
  • Commissioned by Thames Philharmonic Choir and Kingston Brass Ensemble
  • First performance 6 May 2000  |  Thames Philharmonic Choir, Kingston Brass Ensemble  |  Kingston Parish Church, Surrey

Towards the morning (2008)

  • Text: Psalm 139
  • A cappella SSATB
  • Duration: 5′
  • Gemini Publications
  • Commissioned by Berkhamsted Collegiate School for Head Teacher, Dr Priscilla Chadwick

Two Negro Spirituals (1991)

  • Soprano solo, three-part upper voice or lower voice choir, piano
  • Duration: 6′
  • Gemini Publications
  • Commissioned by Gillian Humphreys
  • First performance 5 December 1991  |  Gillian Humphreys (s), London Musici/Mark Stephenson  |  St Nicholas Church, Chiswick, London
  • See also: Every Winter Change to Spring

When time is broke or Three Shakespeare Songs (2016) NEW British Composer Awards Finalist 2016

  • 1.  Give me some music  |  2.  Mark how one string  |  3.  How sour sweet music is
  • Text: Shakespeare (obviously!)
  • SSATB or  upper voices – SSAA
  • Duration: 12′
  • Oxford University Press (2016)
  • First performance 28 January, 2016  |  BBC Singers, David Hill, conductor, LSO St Luke’s, London
  • First Broadcast 28 April, BBC Radio 3, 2016
  • Programme note available on request.
  • See also OUP website:https://global.oup.com/academic/product/when-time-is-broke-9780193408241?cc=gb&lang=en&#

Would like to meet (2014)

  • The final song from the Lonely Hearts collection (see Lonely Hearts above)
  • Text: Christie Dickason
  • SSA with piano accompaniment. Also with chamber ensemble accompaniment.
  • Duration: 3′
  • Oxford University Press (2014) Songbird series
  • First performance 19 June 2005  |  City of Canterbury Chamber Choir/Ruth Potter (harp)/George Vass  |  St Mary’s Church, Chilham, Kent
  • Recorded on the Dutton Epoch label CDLX 7197