Music – free to download

These pieces are all released under a Creative Commons licence or similar arrangement. Click here for music available to purchase.

Let Them Not Say (SSAATTBB choir, quite tricky, high ranges needed, 2020). Click here for a virtual choir recording. Words by Jane Hirshfield can be found here. Download the choir-only score or a score with a piano reduction.

Karen MacAulay – Extinction Calypso. For SATB choir and piano, or for voice and piano: a single-voice version can be heard below.
Download the SATB and piano score
Download the voice and piano score

Ruth Carlyle · Extinction Calypso – Karen McAulay, 2019

Klimachor – Sing Against The Climate Crisis. Most of Klimachor’s songs are re-worded versions of well-known pop songs which can be sung using karaoke backing tracks or by choirs who already know the songs they are based on. There are also some original choral works which are free, including “World On Our Shoulders” (SATB + soli, as recorded by the Real Group); “Earth” (large choir + soli, as recorded by Imogen Heap); and “One Planet For All” (SATB).

Songs For A Better Planet by Dave Camlin – the “Voices Raised” series linked here has a wide choice of SATB choral pieces on environmental themes.

Enough is Enough by Oi Musica, Karine Polwart and Heather MacLeod, a song for COP26 available in many flexible arrangements. Watch a video and download scores (Creative Commons licensed).

It’s A Beautiful, Wonderful World (choir and piano – can be unison throughout, optional 3-part harmony). Words and music by Gordon Thornett. Permission is given by the composer for choirs to make copies of this piece to perform in order to raise awareness of our responsibility to care for Planet Earth. Listen to a demo recording on YouTube. Click here to download the score.

Fallen Feathers (flexible 3-part choir, easy, 2020). Words and music by Ben See, in collaboration with a group of 10 year old nature lovers. Download versions for 3-part children’s choir or 3-part adult choir (high/middle/low voices). If you are using this piece, please make a donation to Black2Nature if you can; you can also support the composer directly. Watch the video below to see how the piece can be developed.

Send Lazarus (SATB or ATBarB choir, easy, no divisi, no high ranges, 2020). Words by David Ervin, music by Chris Hutchings. Free for fundraising or other non-commercial use. Click here for the available scores. Follow the score below:

Climate Change Songs by Sheena Phillips – four protest songs all set to well known tunes. Includes Down By The RoadsideGoing GreenThere Is A Place Called Planet Earth (version for orchestra and choir available to buy here) and The Truth Is Marching On. Suitable for any type of choir.

Andrew Downes’ piece World Anthem (words by his daughter Paula) is available for free here (flexible 3-part, a cappella). Paula has also created educational resources around many of Andrew’s climate-change-related pieces, all available here.

Justice Choir – many pieces from the Justice Choir Songbook (available free but donations are encouraged) are suitable for climate action. Recommended: Another World Is PossibleBe The ChangeThe Water Song (coming soon – hear on YouTube). Also includes Sheena Phillips’ There Is A Place Called Planet Earth. Justice Choir have also produced a playlist of 15 SONGS YOU CAN SING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE on YouTube (all can be learned by ear from the videos).

Thanks to Climate Choir Melbourne for posting the next five entries here:

Extinction Rebellion Songs – Crowd songs, chants and XR choir resources

Jane Coker’s songs and chants for climate protests

Carbon Canaries – a song resource enabling people everywhere to sing out for climate action (35 songs)

Crisis Carols – a Facebook group which shares witty Christmas Carol re-writes, many eco-themed

Extinction Rebellion Song Folder – more free pieces