Choral Music

I write singable music that clearly represents the text being used. To achieve this I do not believe in composing choral music at the keyboard. Most amateur choirs have singers of varying music reading ability, so melody is important, whatever part they sing. I tend to write in a polyphonic style, and often with a modal flavour. A glance at the scores below will enable you to understand my choral style. 

With a background in both college and cathedral music I am adept at involving a variety of musicians in the music I create. I have composed several larger works for choir, instrumentalists and congregation for festive occasions, such as at St Peter's Cathedral in New Zealand (A Hymn to St Peter), First Baptist Kalamazoo USA (Cantata on How Firm a Foundation) and the first Baptist church in America (I heard the voice of Jesus say). 

In 1993 I was commissioned to compose a festival choral piece by Professor Michael Dudman at Newcastle University, New South Wales, Australia. I chose an iconic New Zealand poem Jack-in-the-boat' by Allen Curnow. The three choirs involved in the performance numbered over 200 singers ranging in age from 8 to 18 years and were accompanied by a piano, flute and snare drum. 

Examples of my smaller scale music
  • To see a one page sample please click on the image
  • To find out how to obtain copies of my music please visit my Music Catalogue for more information
Three Part (Christmas)
Christmas Bells
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Two Part
Veni Creator Spiritus
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Two Part
Christ Was Made Obedient
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Christ was made obedient



Four Part (Christmas)
Salus Mundi
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Three Part
O Gracious Light
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Three Part
Faithful Shepherd
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Faithful Shepherd


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May 28, 2012, 3:49 AM
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Shirley Williams,
May 28, 2012, 3:50 AM
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Shirley Williams,
May 28, 2012, 3:51 AM
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Shirley Williams,
May 28, 2012, 3:51 AM
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