Look to Hope (2022) is composed for SA and piano. The words encourage us to see the beauty of nature as an inspiration for hope. “Look to hope and you will see A world that’s full of beauty. Look to hope for a new day To make the world a better place. Like the petals […]
BLACK CURRAWONG TANGO
Black Currawong Tango (2022) is a description of the native Australian Currawong and describes the beauty of nature as the sun rises. The underlying beat is a Habanera rhythm and whilst it is in C major it uses some jazz chords and flattened notes for effect. It teaches harmonic and unison singing, question and answer […]
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 this percussion instrument. In the 18th Century, wind chimes were tuned to the Aeolian mode or ‘God of the Winds.’ Wind chimes were used […]
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 […]
THE LORIKEETS AND THE RAINBOW
The Lorikeets and the Rainbow (2020) tells the story of beautiful Australian native Rainbow Lorikeets in a 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 echo effects. It […]
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 […]
Wattle Blossums (2020) is a description of the beautiful Australian native Wattle tree. It is a Sound Poem that remembers the best of the beauty of the Wattle tree when it is in blossum. The words have a hidden meaning that we remember the good times with people. It is a song of love and […]
Voices of Birralee celebrates the Aussies!
For our younger choirs, the Aussie composer that has stood out is Brisbane-based Sherelle Eyles. Her music celebrates Australia and features some of our more unique animals and places, while being designed to be fun and educational. Some favourites include, Crocodile, Kakadu, The Barrier Reef, The Bilby, The Carpet Python, The Dugong, The Gecko and The Great Australian Bight, with the […]
Hooray, It’s Monday!
Hooray, It’s Monday! Australian Choral Music…Sherelle Eyles For my school’s upcoming Mother’s Day assembly my junior choir (year 1 & 2) prepared ‘Koala Lullaby’ by Australian choral and instrumental composer, pianist and music educator based in Brisbane, Australia – Sherelle Eyles. You can watch the Voices of Birralee perform the song hereIn fact, over the past few years I have […]
Rainbows is a melodious and lyrical song that is a celebration of friendship. Rainbows (2020) is currently for Unison or SA and Piano and suits Primary or Secondary children. It teaches harmonic blending and unison singing, and explores the vocal and dynamic range of the voice. “Rainbows are so beautiful when you are here, And […]
Clouds (2019) is about the shapes of animals that make pictures in the sky. The children have the option of roaring like a lion and trumpeting like an elephant! Clouds is suitable for Primary School choirs and is available as Unison or SA and piano. “Look into the sky and you will see right before […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 in the Animal Songs for children series and is available for Unison or SA and piano. […]
Great Australian Bight – Australian Girls Choir
Great Australian Bight was performed by the Australian Girls Choir at the 2017 Annual Concert in Sydney on 19 November. Thank you very much for a wonderful performance with so much enthusiasm and energy!
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 […]
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 […]
New Choral Songs!
New choral songs are now on my website: Clouds, Sydney Cove and The Peaceful Waterfall are available for Unison or SA & Piano; Rain in the Mountains for secondary students is in SSA & Piano; and Emu, the latest addition to the Animal Songs for Children series, for Primary School students is available in Unison or SA & […]
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2017 Commission by Voices of Birralee
Flower of Youth Commissioned by Voices of Birralee The Flower of Youth Sherelle Eyles 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 […]