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CATALOGUE

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CHORAL

THE PIED PIPER (BROWNING)

CANTATA

First Performed: Formby Choral Society; Formby; May 1987

SAB solos, SATB, children’s choir, piano duet and percussion

A BRAND PLUCKED FROM THE BURNING


CANTATA ABOUT JOHN WESLEY

First Performed: Formby Choral Society; Southport Methodist Church; June1989

ST solos, SATB, organ and percussion

SEVERN MEADOWS (IVOR GURNEY)


CANTATA

First Performed: Chester Bach Singers; Thomas  Guthrie; Chester; Oct 2002

B solos, SATB, 9 instruments

BELLS! (VARIOUS)


CANTATA

First Performed: Chester Bach Singers; June 2010, St John's Chester

ST solos, SATB, children’s choir, handbells, string quartet and piano

BALULALOW

CAROL

First performed St Mary's Ashton-on-Mersey Choir; December 1986

SATB, organ

'TWAS IN THE YEAR THAT KING UZZIAH DIED

CAROL

First Performed: St Mary's Ashton-on-Mersey Choir; December 1985

SATB, organ

WATTS CRADLE SONG


CAROL

First Performed: St Mary's Ashton-on-Mersey Choir; December 1988

SATB unacc

RISE UP SHEPHERD AND FOLLOW

CAROL

First Performed: Chester Bach Singers; December 1995

SATB unacc

SONG OF THE NUNS OF CHESTER

CAROL

First Performed: Chester Bach Singers; December 2000

SSAATTBB, organ

THE BURNING BABE (SOUTHWELL)

CAROL

First Performed: Choristers of Manchester Cathedral; December 2003

SS, organ

THE JESSE TREE


CAROL

First Performed: St George's Singers, Poynton; December 2005

SSAATTBB, unacc

TWO CAROLS OF ST JOHN OF THE CROSS

First Performed: Manchester Cathedral Choir; December 2006

SATB, unacc

PAST THREE O'CLOCK


CAROL

First Performed: Chester Bach Singers; December 2008

SATB unacc

BLAKE'S CRADLE SONG


CAROL

First Performed: St Michael's, Stalybridge Choir; December 2008

SATB, organ

DONE IS A BATTLE (DUNBAR)

ANTHEM

First Performed: RSCM Cathedral Course, Worcester; August 1985

SSAATTBB, organ

GENTLE JESUS, MEEK AND MILD

ANTHEM

First Performed: St Mary's Ashton-on-Mersey Choir; 1986

SATB, unacc

JESUS CHRIST THE APPLE TREE

ANTHEM

First Performed:St Mary's Ashton-on-Mersey Choir; December 1988

SATB, organ

MARVEL OF MARVELS


ANTHEM

First Performed: RSCM Cathedral Course, Lincoln August 1995

SATB, organ

WHITSUNDAY (HERBERT)


ANTHEM

First Performed:All Saints, Hockerill Choir; December 1988

SATB, organ

CHRIST IS THE MORNING STAR

ANTHEM

First Performed: Chetham's Chamber Choir; March 2003

SSATB, unacc

THE BREAKING OF BREAD


ANTHEM

First Performed: BBC Pilgrim Consort Lindisfarne; April 2005

SSATTB, unacc

THE PRAISES OF ST FRANCIS

ANTHEM

First Performed: BBC Pilgrim Consort Montserrat; September 2006

SSATTB, unacc

CHILDREN OF LIGHT


ANTHEM

First Performed: BBC Pilgrim Consort St Paul Without-the-Walls, Rome; January 2008

SSAATTBB, unacc

SWET JESU


ANTHEM

First Performed: Hampstead Parish Church Choir; May 2018 LFCCC

SATB, unacc

EVENSONG RESPONSES

First Performed: Manchester Cathedral Choir; June 2008

SATB

EVENSONG RESPONSES


MENS' VOICES

First Performed: Manchester Cathedral Choir; May 2009

AATTBB, unacc

O SALUTARIS HOSTIA


ANTHEM


ATB, organ

I AM THE VINE


ANTHEM

First Performed: Manchester Cathedral Choir; May 2009

SATB, unacc

BENEDICITE


MENS' VOICES

Product Subtitle

ATB, organ

WHERE IS THIS STUPENDOUS STRANGER (SMART)

ANTHEM

First performed: Chester Bach Singers; December 2009

SATB, organ

JESUS, PRO ME PERFORATUS 

ANTHEM (TR GLADSTONE)

First Performed: Chester Bach Singers at Hawarden; November 2016

SATB, organ

DESIDERATUM


ANTHEM

First performed: St Nicolas, Chiswick; July 2011

SSAATTBB, unacc

ORATION (TENNYSON)


SECULAR

Product Subtitle

SSAATTBB, unacc

THREE WILLIAM BLAKE SONGS

SECULAR 

First Performed: Wenhaston Boys Choir; July 1985

SS, piano

FOUR IRISH PARTSONGS


SECULAR

-

SSAATTBB, unacc

THREE MOTETS

AVE MARIA;

EVENING HYMN OF CHARLES I; 

IN NO STRANGE LAND

First Performed: Coupland Ensemble Wantage; July 2007

SSAATTBB, unacc

THREE ROSE SONGS

(WALLER: ANON; SHAKESPEARE)

First Performed: Chester Bach Singers; June 2009

SATB, unacc

ALBION


SECULAR 

First Performed: Opus Anglicanum, Tardebigge; July 2015

ATTBB, unacc

SABRINA FAIR (MILTON)


SECULAR

First performed: Chester Bach Singers; October 2019

SATB, unacc

GEORGY GIRL


ARRANGEMENT

-

SATB, unacc

BLOW, GABRIEL, BLOW


ARRANGEMENT

-

SATB, unacc

I'VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN

ARRANGEMENT

-

SATB, unacc

THE LARK IN THE CLEAR AIR


ARRANGEMENT

-

SATB, unacc

SKYE BOAT SONG


ARRANGEMENT

-

SATB, unacc

THREE SEA SONGS


ARRANGEMENT

-

SATB, piano

 

INSTRUMENTAL

VARIATIONS ON A ROUEN MELODY

-

Organ

FIRE OF THE NORTH

4 MOVTS ON THE LIFE OF CUTHBERT

-

Organ

THREE BORDER STUDIES

JEDBURGH; DRYBURGH; MELROSE

First Performance: Tom Bell; Manchester Cathedral; June 2005

Organ

ANIMA CHRISTI

First Performance: Peter Stevens; Manchester Cathedral; July 2005

Organ

AND AN OLD WHITE HORSE...

First Performance: Tom Bell; Glasgow 2006

Organ

TUBA TUNE

-

Organ

CARLISLE

(BORDER STUDY)

-

Organ

HEREFORD WINDOWS

(REFLECTION ON THE TRAHERNE WINDOWS)

First Performance: Tom Bell; Hereford Cathedral; July 2014

Organ

URIZEN

(DIPTYCH AFTER WILLIAM BLAKE)

First Performances: Tom Bell & Richard Brasier; Various; 2016

Organ Duo

MADOG AP GRUFFUDD

-

Organ

SHOCKLACH STARS

(SHOCKLACH DIARY 1)

-

Piano

DEGANWY/CONWY

(SHOCKLACH DIARY 2)

-

Piano

BODNANT REDWOODS

(SHOCKLACH DIARY 3)

-

Piano

BARB

(SHOCKLACH DIARY 4)

-

Piano

MAIDEN CASTLE (BICKERTON HILL)

(SHOCKLACH DIARY 5)

-

Piano

GREENING HEDGEROWS

(SHOCKLACH DIARY 6)

First Performance: June 20 2019; Shocklach

Piano

AND THE APPLE TREE BLOSSOMED...

First Performance: Rolf Hind online during Lockdown; June 2020

Piano

LYONESSE (SONATA)

First Performance: Gavin Davies; Chester; July 1988

Solo Violin

BENEDICTUS

-

Cello and piano

THE MUSIC OF TIME

(STRING QUARTET NO 1)

-

String Quartet

OPHELIA DREAMS

(STRING QUARTET NO 2)

-

String Quartet

PIECES FOR WILLIAM

-

Guitar

DIVERTIMENTO

First Performance; John Turner & Janet Simpson; Mellor, 2007

Recorder and piano

WHAT HIS TRUMPET SAITH

-

Trumpet and piano

SEVERN WINDS

-

Wind Quintet

NOCTURNE

-

Wind Quintet

SANTIAGO FANFARES

-

Brass Quintet

SONATA FOR SOLO CLARINET

First Performance: Thomas Verity; 2015

Solo Clarinet

SHOCKLACH PICTURES

First Performance: Thomas Verity & Simon Passmore; Philharmonic Concert Hall, Liverpool; February 2017

Clarinet and piano

RIOT

-

Symphonic Wind Band and narrator

CONCERTO GROSSO

-

Oboe and strings

JACK OF HEARTS

MARY PIECES 1

First Performance: Clare Hoskins online; June 2020

Solo Oboe

GLORIANA

MARY PIECES 2

First Performance: Heidi Bennett online; June 2020

Solo Trumpet

SOUL SONG

MARY PIECES 3

First Performance: Gabriella Swallow; Oxford Arts Festival; 25 June 2020

Solo Cello

 

THEATRE

MARY'S HAND (70 MINS)

LIBRETTO: DI SHERLOCK

2018

Official premiere: Clare McCaldin; Clare Hoskins; Heidi Bennett; Clare O'Connell; Holy Cross Church, King's Cross, London; Tete-a-tete Festival August 1 2018

Mezzo-Soprano; Oboe/Cor; Trumpet; Cello

TIMELESS FIGURE (40 MINS) 

WORDS & MUSIC MARTIN BUSSEY

IMAGES LAUREL TURTON

2020

Premiere: Peter Edge; Daniel Mawson; Joe Lenehan; Darren Gallacher; Cockpit Theatre, London; Tete-a-tete Festival September 15 2020

Baritone; Clarinet; Marimba; Viola

 

VOCAL

POEMS OF 1912/13

SONG CYCLE (HARDY)

Marcus Farnsworth; Christopher Stokes; Manchester Cathedral; May 2006

Baritone and piano

A CHAINLESS SOUL

SONG CYCLE (EMILY BRONTE)

First Performance: Diana Palmerston; Martin Bussey; Chester; May 1999

Soprano and piano (version for Mezzo-Soprano available)

BLUE REMEMBERED HILLS

SONG CYCLE (HOUSMAN)

First Performance: Thomas Guthrie; Martin Bussey; Chester July 1998

Baritone and piano (Tenor transposition available)

THREE GURNEY SONGS

First Performance: O J Ruthven; Martin Bussey; Manchester University; June 2005

Tenor or Soprano and piano

GARDEN SONGS

THE GARDEN; PLANTING FLOWERS; PLANTING TREES; MR HANCOCK'S LETTER

SONG CYCLE

First Performance: Marcus Farnsworth; Libby Burgess; Tardebigge; June 2010

Baritone and piano

A LAND I DID NOT KNOW

SONG CYCLE (SORLEY)

First Performance: William Balkwill; St Nicolas, Chiswick; March 2011

Tenor and piano

CHILDREN OF ADAM

SONG CYCLE (WHITMAN)

First Performance: Alex Knox; Philomena Knox; St Nicolas, Chiswick; January 2011

Baritone and piano

THREE SCOTS SONGS

First Performance: Allan Smith; Ayr; June 2006

Baritone and piano

STARSCAPE

(GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS)

First Performance: Thomas Kelly; Martin Bussey; Chester; October 2012

Tenor and piano

PHANTOMS

SONG CYCLE (HARDY)

First Performance: A Church Romance - Clare McCaldin; Iain Burnside; Ludlow English Song Weekend; June 2015

Baritone or Mezzo-Soprano and piano

SONGS OF REGRET

SONG CYCLE (BELLOC)

-

Baritone and piano

1916

POETRY OF THE DUBLIN EASTER RISING

SONG CYCLE

First Performance: Carolyn Dobbin; Gavan Ring; Iain Burnside; Ludlow English Song Weekend; June 2018

Mezzo-Soprano , Baritone and piano

THREE SONGS FROM MARY'S HAND

(SHERLOCK)

First Performance: Clare McCaldin; Martin Bussey; British Museum; February 2018

Mezzo-Soprano and piano

IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER

CHRISTINA ROSSETTI

-

Soprano and piano

TWO HARDY SONGS

Recorded for Resonus Classics: Marcus Farnsworth & James Baillieu

Baritone and piano

THE WILD SWANS AT COOLE

W.B.YEATS

First Performance: Philip Duffy & Martin Bussey; Chester; May 2005

Tenor and piano

FROST AT MIDNIGHT

SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE

-

Baritone and piano

THE VOICE FROM THE WELL

ELIZABETHAN POETS

-

Alto and Lute

THERE LET THE PEALING ORGAN BLOW

MILTON

-

Soprano and organ

THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY

VARIOUS

First Performance: Marcus Farnsworth, baritone; cond. Andrew Gourlay; Manchester February 2004

Baritone and instrumental ensemble

THE WINDHOVER

GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS

First Performance: Marcus Farnsworth, Violin; Kirsty Mangan, Violin; Wantage, August 2006.

Baritone and violin

WEDDING SONG

ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING

-

Soprano, cello and organ

SUMMER NIGHTS

VARIOUS

First Performance: Joshua Ellicott, tenor; Mea Wade, oboe; Ribchester Festival, June 2011.

Tenor and oboe

AUGUST 2014

POETS OF WORLD WAR 1

First Performance: Clare Wilkinson, Alto; John Findon, Tenor; instrumentalists; Bury Parish Church, August 2014. Ida Carroll Trust commission.

Alto, Tenor, Recorder, Clarinet, Piano.

THE COLD HEAVEN

W.B.YEATS

Recorded Lesley-Ann Rogers, soprano; instrumentalists; December 2019.

Soprano, Recorder, Oboe, Violin, Cello.

THIS SAME JESUS

SOLO CANTATA FOR ASCENSION

First Performance: Marcus Farnsworth, baritone, Jeffrey Makinson, organ; Manchester Cathedral, June 2003.

Baritone and organ.

A DIVINE MYSTERY

SOLO CANTATA FOR ADVENT

First Performance: Barnaby Smith, May 2006.

Counter-tenor and organ or piano.

 
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