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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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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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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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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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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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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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Kakadu

Kakadu – from the Australian Destinations series is a flowing, melodious song in D major with ‘easy to learn’ words and rhythm. It teaches harmonic blending and unison singing, question and answer techniques and explores the vocal and dynamic range of the voice. The image of being a bird flying around in a carefree environment may appeal […]

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Our Father – The Lord’s Prayer (Tertullian, De orat.)

Our Father – The Lord’s Prayer (Tertullian, De orat.) arr. Sherelle Eyles. Our Father is composed in an Aeolian church mode in the key of D minor. Harmonically, it echoes back to the Renaissance period but maintains a modern feel through its use of contemporary rhythms and vocal chord spacing. This piece is based upon […]

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