Music – reasonably priced

Music available to purchase/hire, mostly digitally – click here for free music. Most recent listed first.

An Australian Song Cycle, by Joe Twist – a song cycle for SATB choir and piano (the third movement is for SA and piano, listed under SA choirs further down the page). The whole cycle was written with climate change in mind, but particularly relevant movements are “Andy’s Gone With Cattle” about drought in Australia, “Ashes” about the aftermath of the Australian bushfires, and “Time Is Running Out”, about the devastation of land wrought by mining, with words by Oodgeroo Noonuccal, an Aboriginal Australian poet.

The Water Diviner’s Tale (Rachel Portman) – a 60 minute dramatic choral work for children’s chorus, youth (or all-ages) choir, five professional soloists, orchestra and narrator. “An inspiring and moving work which explores what is happening to our world as a result of climate change.”

Earth Song (Rachel Portman) – a 20 minute piece for SATB choir, with libretto by Nick Drake and Greta Thunberg, premiered by the BBC Singers in 2019.

This is our World (Alan Bullard) – Cantata for SATB choir, youth choir, and piano (or piano duet, or small orchestra). 8 mvts, duration c.18 minutes. Price for sets on request; some movements available separately for £2.25 per copy.

Hurt Not The Trees (Richard Barnard) – Commissioned by City of Bristol Choir, this piece is a setting of words by Charlotte Mew and is scored for SATB, SSSABar soloists and Cello. With themes of nature, ecology and climate change it has a duration of 6 minutes and is suitable for a large amateur or professional choir. Order from White Light Publishing (£3.50 per copy).

Lullaby for a Polar Bear – for SABar choir and piano, by Anke de Bruijn & Peter Duiverman (aka Stone&Tara). “Amidst the environmental drama our planet is facing, we thought it would be nice to imagine a world in which a mother bear is singing to her baby without any worry about her or her child’s future.” Watch the YouTube video here (complete lyrics are in the video description). Order copies at Stone&Tara’s website (€2.25 per copy).

Green Songs – 4 environmentally themed songs by Bob Chilcott, for one or two part upper voices with piano. £3.75 per copy from Oxford University Press.

Green Love – 6 new songs for children’s choir from Jo and Alexander L’Estrange – with body percussion and backing band (or piano only). Watch the video here. Recording, backing tracks and scores available from the L’Estranges.

Plant a Tree, music by Michael Bojesen, with lyrics by Lisa Freeman, for equal upper voices and Piano. The choir is split into three groups of equal size. Full instructions are included for the dance movements and actions. Watch a performance video. You can order the score from SheetMusicPlus.

Two hymns about the environment and our responsibility for it from Jubilate, both £1.99 to make unlimited copies:
You Made A Universe – words by Ally Barrett, music by Peter Burton (or can be sung to Finlandia)
O God of Boundless Hope – words by Brian Davis, sung to Darwall’s 148th or other similar tunes

Our Burning World by poet Malcolm Guite and composer Rhiannon Randle “exhorts action not somnolence in the face of the climate crisis”. Available from Stainer and Bell either as a printed title by post, or as a digital download with a single or 30-copy print licence. Click here to order. For SATB choir (some divisi) and organ.

to tell it like it is by Lisa Robertson implores us all to listen to science and respond urgently in the face of impending global catastrophe. Projecting effects of inexorably ticking clock time, of heartbeats and the song of the extinct Kauai ‘O’o bird against the facts of global warming conveyed in a pile-up of tensile melodic strands, to tell it like it is is a countdown to apocalypse or averted disaster – our choice. This title is available either as a printed title by post, or as a digital download with a single or 30-copy print licence. Click here to order from Stainer and Bell. For advanced SSAATTBB choir.

New – A New Eaarth by Robert Paterson (yes, Eaarth not Earth). For large orchestra with SATB chorus and narrator, or available as a choral suite with piano.

One Home by Charles Mauleverer, an environmental symphony designed to inform and inspire positive action on climate change, for large choir, orchestra and projector screen. Click here for details.

Mass for the Endangered, a six-movement piece for choir and small orchestra by Sarah Kirkland Snider. Click here for details.

They Can’t Put It Back, three pieces for SSAA by Mary Simmons. Click here for details.

A full arrangement of Sheena Phillips’ There is a place called Planet Earth is available for purchase through Canasg Music.

The Song of the Harp Seal by Adrienne Inglis, for SSA chorus and harp (lever harp or concert harp), tells the story of a mother seal and her pup forced south by the climate crisis. Medium difficulty.

Two pieces by Sherry Blevins: I Dream of a World (We Can Begin Again) for SA with piano and optional flute, written in response to hurricanes Michael and Florence; and I Will Always Be There for 3-part treble with piano and a hand clapping section, written in response to the wildfires in California – it uses partner songs, so it’s much easier than it sounds. See Sherry Blevins’ website for details, and contact her for preview copies.

As Ice Was Melting, Oceans Rose, by Anders Paulsson, lyrics by Per Harling. Written in homage to Greta Thunberg. For SATB with brief 2-part divisi in each part, medium difficulty.

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name, by Peter Burton, for SATB choir and piano/organ, medium difficulty. A setting of Psalm 8, about stewardship of the world. Peter is happy to waive the purchase price if his works are being used for a climate change concert or similar; contact him for details.

The World For Christmas by Anders Edenroth, as performed by the Real Group. Expresses the Christmas wish that all the children of the world will inherit the beautiful blue-green, healthy planet of their dreams. Available for SATB a cappella, SSAA with optional accompaniment, or SA with piano. Moderate difficulty.

My Canoe Runs On Water by James Gordon. SATB and piano, easy. Also uses a traditional Canadian tune that you may know as “Land of the Silver Birch” or “My Paddle’s Keen And Bright”.