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EMU

Emu from Animal Songs is a lively, fun song for Primary school children. The emu is having a race with a kangaroo! Find out who wins the race! Composed in 2018, it is the brand new addition to the Animal Songs for children series. It is composed for SA and piano and has simple 2 […]

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FLOWER OF YOUTH

Commissioned by Voices of Birralee. Based on the words from ‘A Soldier’s Cemetery’, by John William Streets (killed and missing in action on 1 July 1916, aged 31) “Behind that long and lonely trenched line To which men come and go, where brave men die, There is a yet unmarked and unknown shrine, A broken […]

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RAIN IN THE MOUNTAINS

New in 2017, Rain in the Mountains (SSA)  is suitable for Secondary school students and Adult choirs. It is based on a poem by Australian poet Henry Lawson.   The Valley’s full of misty cloud, Its tinted beauty drowning, The Eucalypti roar aloud, The mountain frosts are frowning. The mist is hanging like a pall, […]

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Starfish

New in 2016, Starfish (SA)  is suitable for lower Primary school age children from Prep to Grade 6, and is the latest in the Animal Songs series. It has easy harmonic blending in 2 parts and easy to learn words for younger children. “Little star, little star, star of the sea, How beautiful you are […]

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Remember Me

This arrangement of the poem Remember by Christina Rossetti was completed in 2016. It is composed for SA & Piano. The Soprano part splits into two parts for one page to add resonance to the climax. Remember Me when I am gone away, Gone far away into the silent land; When you can no more hold me […]

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Shiver of Sharks

Composed in 2015 for Primary School choirs, Shiver of Sharks is a humorous look at the ‘dog eat dog’ world of the Animal Kingdom with a jazzy ‘safari’ style harmonic bass and accompaniment. Shiver of Sharks suits Primary School age children Grade 2 to Grade 6. The lyrics of this song teaches the names of collective nouns […]

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A Thousand Stars

  Commissioned for Pemulwuy Festival 2014, this song is a description of the stars and universe. The underlying message is that each individual person is unique. We are like stars in ourselves that are part of a greater constellation. Unison & Piano and  SA & Piano in Bb major for Middle School to High School age students […]

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Byron Bay Sunrise

Byron Bay Sunrise  for Solo Piano Grade 1 level, captures the feeling of walking up to the lighthouse at Byron Bay, New South Wales, at sunrise. It requires a rounded singing tonal quality, relaxed hand position, and good shaping of phrases. Byron Bay Sunrise was composed for the ‘set piece’ section of the Enoggera Eisteddfod, Brisbane […]

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Black Currawong Tango

This piece is a characterization of the native bird and is reminiscent of its call. It is AMEB 4th Grade standard. Black Currawong Tango was a set piece of the Enoggera Eisteddfod, 2014.   Length                   1’21” Speed                     Moderato […]

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Wattle

  Wattle is a programmatic Grade 6 level piece for solo piano capturing the image of the Wattle tree in full flower in Spring. The stunning yellow colour of the flowers combines with the flowing, swaying movement of the branches. Wattle was a set piece of the Enoggera Eisteddfod Brisbane in 2014. Duration – 2’38” Tempo – Flowing and […]

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Daddy Long Legs Spider

Daddy Long Legs Spider (2014) is a cheerful, humorous song about having a daddy long legs spider as a pet. It has a catchy swing rhythm and optional actions and is the eighth song in the Animal Songs for Children Choral Series.    Suitable for Primary school children of all ages, it is currently available […]

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Where was the Moon?

Where was the Moon? (2014) is an inspirational song for SA primary or secondary school choir and piano. Where was the moon in a darkened sky, its silver light to guide me on my way? Where were the stars shining down on me, So beautiful in every way. And then the sun brightens up the […]

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Kyrie Eleison

Kyrie Eleison (2014) – Lord Have Mercy (Psalm 51)  The music of Kyrie Eleison is an elegant arrangement of the Psalm: “Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.”  Kyrie Eleison has been composed in a number of layers. The score is flexible so may be adjusted to the needs of your choir. 1.      For […]

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Koala Baby Lullaby

Koala Baby Lullaby (2013) suits lower Primary School age children to sing in simple harmony. It is a melodic lullaby that has words that are easy to remember, teaches simple harmonic blending and unison singing in gently rocking triple time. It is the seventh song in the Animal Songs for Children Choral Series. It is available in SA […]

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Possum

Possum (2013)  from the Animal Songs for Children series is a humorous song about the Possums that live in our roof in Queensland and how they make a lot of noise at night. Possum encourages children to think about the impact of the urban environment on native animals. It has a cheerful, catchy tune and fun words that Primary school […]

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Great Australian Bight

Great Australian Bight (2013) from the Australian Destinations series, is a humorous detective song for children. Find out, from a child’s point of view, why the Great Australian Bight is called a ‘Bight.’ Is it the Great White Sharks, the Mossies or the Kronosaurus that made the ‘great big bite’? This piece is suitable for Primary school age children. It […]

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Uluru

Uluru is from the Australian Destinations series (2013). It is a descriptive, expressive piece about the plains surrounding Uluru in the Northern Territory of Australia. This piece appeals to children of upper Primary school age as it describes the uniquely Australian environment that lies beyond the city, that is filled with colour and history: the plains being […]

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The Forgotten

This setting of the hauntingly beautiful ANZAC poem, ‘The Forgotten,’  written by the Australian poet Charles Harpur (1813-1868) was composed in 2012: “He fought for his country, the star of the brave, And died for it’s weal when to die was to save. And wisdom and Valour long over him wept, And Beauty, for ages, […]

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Sleep Song Lullaby

The words of this lullaby are based on the lovely historic poem written by the Australian poet Maurice Furnley (1881-1942) entitled ‘Sleep Song’ from his ‘Bay and Padie Book Kiddie Songs (1918).’ It is from the Australian Poets series of choral songs and is suitable for Primary School aged children. It is available either in SA & piano or Unison & piano. This arrangement has blending […]

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Early Summer

This piece is based on the descriptive historic poem ‘Early Summer’ by Australian poet Charles Harpur (1813-1868). It is melodic and uses warm, rich harmonies to express the feeling that one has when the summer time first begins: ‘Tis the early summer season, when the skies are clear and blue, When wide warm fields are glad with corn as […]

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