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STRADBROKE ISLAND HOLIDAY

Stradbroke Island Holiday is a description of a seaside holiday for SA and Piano. It describes the amazing creatures in the sea and is suitable for children from Grade 2 and up. On the headland of Stradbroke Island, we went for a walk today. The rock formations and cliffs were spectacular along the way! But […]

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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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THE PEACEFUL WATERFALL

The Peaceful Waterfall is a lyrical, melodic meditative song for Unison or SA and Piano. It was composed in September, 2017 and is suitable for Primary school and lower secondary school children. Water flowing down the hillside, crystal water, streams of blue, Icy cold and sparkling fresh, the sky a lovely azure hue. Flowers blossom […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Children’s Christmas Song

Children’s Christmas song is suitable for Primary school age children. It is available for either SA & piano, or unison choir & piano. It is in C major, & 6/8 flowing time with a cheerful melody and easy lyrics to memorise. The children will love imitating the sound of the bells! “Christmas is my favourite time of the year! […]

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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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Crocodile

The lyrics present the crocodile as a ‘modern day dinosaur’ in a fun and entertaining way for children. This piece is suitable for Primary school age children. It is available for SA and Piano or Unison and Piano. Crocodile has a jazzy, swing tune in D minor with syncopated rhythms. The words are easy to learn and memorise […]

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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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Bilby

Bilby – from Animal Songs for SA and Piano or Unison and Piano. A popular icon at the moment in Queensland schools, this is an educational piece about the habits of the Bilby. The tune is melodious and the words are easy to learn and memorise for Primary School children. The movements of the Bilby have been […]

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