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. All are free to download unless otherwise stated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Music available to purchase
Click here to see more details of all the music listed below. Listed in order of difficulty, easiest first.
- There Is A Place Called Planet Earth – SATB with piano or optional band (Sheena Phillips)
- As Ice Was Melting, Oceans Rose – SATB with brief SSAATTBB divisi (Anders Paulson)
- to tell it like it is – SATB with divisi (Lisa Robertson)
- They Can’t Put It Back, three pieces for SSAA (Mary Simmons)
- A Burning World – SATB and organ (Rhiannon Randle)