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Wind Chimes

Wind Chimes (2021) is suitable for upper Primary School and lower High School age children. A wind chime with five cylinders or bells represents the five elements of life: metal, earth, water, wood and fire. The chords and thematic fragments were inspired by the bell-like sounds of the percussion instrument. In the 18th Century, wind chimes […]

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BUTTERFLY

Butterfly (2021) describes a rainbow of colourful butterflies that are in the garden on a beautiful bouquet of flowers. This is a song of hope and the butterfly is a symbol of new life, making this song suitable for Easter services and other special occasions. Butterfly is composed for Primary School choirs. It is written for […]

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COME SING TO THE LORD

Come Sing to the Lord (2020) encourages gratitude and helping one another. It is composed for Primary School choirs and is written for SA and piano. It has ‘easy to learn’ words, a melodious tune, question and answer techniques and unison singing. “Come sing to the Lord, lift your voices high,For the Lord of light […]

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THE LORIKEETS AND THE RAINBOW

The Lorikeets and the Rainbow (2020) tells the story of the lorikeets in the bottle brush tree. They are eating nectar from the flowers and then it rains and a rainbow appears. The Lorikeets and the Rainbow is composed for Primary School choirs. It teaches unison singing as well as the soprano part sings and the […]

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A MIDSUMMER NOON IN THE AUSTRALIAN FOREST

A Midsummer Noon in the Australian Forest (2018) is written for SSA or SATB and piano, and is suitable for Secondary school and adult choirs. It is based on the descriptive historic poem of the same title by Australian poet Charles Harpur (1813-1868). It was first published in The Empire magazine 1851, and later in the […]

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WATTLE BLOSSUMS

Wattle Blossums (2020) is a description of the beautiful Australian native wattle tree in full blossum. The underlying message is that even when the wattle tree loses all its flowers, we remember its beauty from when it was in blossum. It is written for Unison, SA or SSA and piano and is suitable for upper […]

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SYDNEY COVE

Sydney Cove (2016) is a lively, upbeat song about the ships that sailed along the Coast of Eastern Australia bringing produce back to Sydney Cove in colonial times. It is from the Australian Destinations series and is currently for Unison or SA & Piano. It is suitable for Primary School children. It has easy-to-learn words […]

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STRADBROKE ISLAND HOLIDAY

Stradbroke Island Holiday (2018) is a description of a seaside holiday for Unison or SA and Piano. It describes the amazing creatures in the sea that we saw looking down over the headland of Stradbroke Island on holidays, and is suitable for Primary school children. It is a melodious and lyrical song with lovely harmonies. […]

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EMU

Emu from Animal Songs is a jazzy and lively fun song for Primary school aged children. In this song, an 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 Unison […]

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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 and suitable for ANZAC day and Remembrance day, the words are based on the poem ‘A Soldier’s Cemetery’, by John William Streets (killed and missing in action on 1 July 1916, aged 31). As any Australian I am appreciative of the fact that there were young men who went to […]

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RAIN IN THE MOUNTAINS

Composed in 2017, Rain in the Mountains  is suitable for Advanced Primary, Secondary school students and Adult choirs. It is available in SA or SSA and piano. 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 […]

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Remember Me

Christina Rossetti wrote her beautiful poem Remember (1849) when she was just a teenager. This arrangement was completed in 2016. It is composed for Unison or SA & Piano. It teaches, question and answer techniques, harmonic blending, unison singing and explores the vocal and dynamic range of the voice. Suitable for advanced primary school and secondary […]

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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 is one of our most popular songs. 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 […]

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Koala Baby Lullaby

Koala Baby Lullaby (2013) is suitable for 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 […]

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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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