4 parts or more

These songs have 4 or more parts – most are SATB, some are SSAA, and some may have additional divisi. Music reading required for conductor/director and recommended for choir. Easiest songs are listed first. * indicates a piece which is free to download.

*Leave The Oil In The Ground (SATB choir, easy), by Jane Lewis of Edinburgh-based choir Protest In Harmony, set to a 17th-century tune. Practice tracks available for all parts.

*Another World Is Possible (flexible 5-part choir, fairly easy). Lyrics based on a quote by Arundhati Roy, music by Jane Lewis.

There Is A Place Called Planet Earth – SATB with piano or optional band (Sheena Phillips)

*A free arrangement of Louis Armstrong’s classic What A Wonderful World from Mark DeLisser (who arranged “Stand By Me” for Meghan and Harry’s wedding) is available through #SingTheChange from Music Declares Emergency. Download the music and find out how to share your performance. The choral arrangements available include SATB choir (with piano).

*Send Lazarus (SATB or ATBarB choir, easy, no divisi, low ranges, 2020). Words by David Ervin, music by Chris Hutchings. Free for fundraising or other non-commercial use. Virtual choir recording and score follower video on YouTube.

Finding Our Way: Songs for the Anthropocene by Anne-Marie Sanderson: four pieces for upper voices, including “No one is too small” for SSAA. You can see a virtual choir version of all 4 pieces here – contact Anne-Marie for scores.

*Karen MacAulay – Extinction Calypso. Download the SATB and piano score.

*Klimachor – Sing Against The Climate Crisis. SATB pieces: “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 – “A Better Planet”, “Do It Now”, “Fellowship of Hill and Wind and Sunshine” and “Inversnaid” (all SATB) are ideal for climate-related purposes. Many other pieces also available.

*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).

As Ice Was Melting, Oceans Rose – SATB with brief SSAATTBB divisi (Anders Paulson)

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.

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.”

*Seawall (SSAATTBB) – lyrics and music by Jamie Klenetsky Fay, about the need to build seawalls to protect our cities. Contact Jamie via the form on her website to receive a free score.

Our Burning World – SATB and organ (Rhiannon Randle)

They Can’t Put It Back, three pieces for SSAA (Mary Simmons)

to tell it like it is – SATB with divisi (Lisa Robertson)

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.

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).

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.

*Let Them Not Say (SSAATTBB choir, quite tricky, high ranges needed). 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.