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Please note that many of the items in the Choral Music for Worship section are also suitable for concert performance.

mixed choir unaccompanied
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male voices, with and without accompaniment

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mixed choir, unaccompanied

Alleluia (1991) for SATB          
This lively setting has been performed by a number of choirs, including in Reims Cathedral by Colchester Choral Society
`An admirable choral flourish: the text consists of only two words, Alleluia and Gloria, and the composer has produced a fresh and original setting, full of rhythmic ingenuity' - Church Music Quarterly
3 mins          Difficulty B     Colne Edition / Spartan Press CE13  M-708068-12-9   more details

 A Summer Garland (2002) for SATB
Commssioned and first performed by the Waltham Singers conducted by Andrew Fardell,  The work, which consists of five movements touching on the different aspects of summer, for SATB unaccompanied, was enjoyed by the choir so much that they sung it twice at Great Waltham, and then twice more in a repeat concert in Dedham the next day.  It has since become a popular part of the repertoire of many choirs. The five movements, which may be performed separately, are `May, Queen of Blossoms', `The Rose in June', `Busy Fly', `July Evening', and `Summer Queen'.
c. 16 mins.     Difficulty B
Colne Edition / Spartan Press CE28   more details

A Year in A Day (2001) for SSAATTBB
This choral suite in five movements was commissioned by the Reading Phoenix Choir, conductor Norman Morris and received a very successful first performance at the Hexagon, Reading, in November 2001 and has had several performances since. The movements are titled `Winter Dawn', `Spring Morning', `Summer Afternoon', `Autumn Twilight' and `Winter Night' and may be performed separately
16 mins.          Difficulty C-D
BULLARDMUSIC  contact

Broom-Pedlar's Song  (1987) for SATB       
This setting of the poem by the sixteenth-century poet Robert Wilson was commissioned by and first performed at the Norwich Sing for Pleasure Festival in St. Andrew's Hall, Norwich, on 4th July 1987
`shows Bullard's understanding of amateur choirs… The street-cry refrain is used most effectively as a countersubject and as a two-part and exciting four-part canon…worthwhile and enjoyable' Jane Ashley, Mastersinger magazine
2 mins.      Difficulty B     Colne Edition / Spartan Press CE3   more details  

Byron at Newstead (2006) for SATB (with divisions)                    
This choral suite tells something of Byron's short but action-filled life through his poetry and his links with Newstead Abbey, the gothic pile which he inherited in his youth and which always had a fascination for him.  Commissioned by and first performed (Southwell Minster, 15 June 2007)  by The Newstead Abbey Singers, director Nicholas Thorpe, the work contains five movements: Newstead Abbey, We're off to Turkey, To an oak at Newstead, Fill the goblet again, and Epilogue.
c.12 mins.     Difficulty C     BULLARDMUSIC  contact    

Cantate gloria (1999) for SATB
Suitable for all festive occasions, this is a lively anthem for SATB unaccompanied. The piece begins with an insistent, syncopated rhythm in the tenors and basses and is followed by a vigorous imitative section involving all four voices. The opening rhythmic pattern returns to bring the anthem to a triumphant close.
3 mins.     Difficulty B
Oxford University Press    more details                 here's a youtube link

Choristers of Flight (1994) for SATB (with divisions)                    
These settings of Hardy (The Darkling Thrush), Hopkins (The Windhover), and Bridges (from November) were first performed in their complete version in Chelmsford Cathedral by the Chamber Choir of Colchester Institute (director Ian Ray) and have since been performed at the Spitalfields Festival and recorded by the Elysian Singers on the CD Peacocks and Piranhas (click for link to website) the recording is also to be found on the promotional CD of Alan Bullard's music, Cantate Gloria, available from Colne Edition.
 `Well written and imaginative in their response to the poems, these settings fully deserve the attention of expert
chamber choirs'  - Louis Halsey, Mastersinger magazine
`There is a strength here, an almost symphonic approach' - David Twigg, Choir and Organ
9 mins.     Difficulty C-D     Colne Edition / Spartan Press CE39 click for more details and to buy

Cob-o'-coalin' (1980)  for SATB   
An arrangement of a lively and irreverent Northubrian folk-song - a lively encore!
No. 3 of Three English Folksongs -
3 mins.      Difficulty B     Colne Edition / Spartan Press CE25   more details  

Crudele acerba (2005)  for SSATB
Written for the Marenzio Singers, this setting of the poem by Petrarch was first performed as a companion piece to Marenzio's setting of the same text: first performance 14 Jan 2006 at Stour Valley Arts and Music Society
3 mins.      Difficulty C-D    BULLARDMUSIC  contact     

Four Sacred Songs
These four settings of poems by Thomas Campion were commissioned by the Essex Baroque Choir (conductor Simon Thompson): first London performance at St. James' Piccadilly, 21 September 1990
The movements are: Tune thy music to thy heart , Out of my soul's depth,  Most sweet and pleasing are thy ways (with soprano and alto solos), and Never weather-beaten sail (also available separately)
9 mins.   CE26   more details      Also available on hire - contact BullardMusic   

Gia torna a rallegrar l'aria e la terra (2005)  for SSATB
Written for the Marenzio Singers, this lively setting was first performed as a companion piece to Marenzio's setting of the same text: first performance 14 Jan 2006 at Stour Valley Arts and Music Society
3 mins.      Difficulty C-D    BULLARDMUSIC  contact     

Love on my heart from heaven fell (2012) for SATB and piano
This expressive and colourful song for SATB and piano is a setting of a poem by Robert Bridges with a Christian message which is suitable for concert and church performance. It was first performed, in its original SSAA version, by its commissioners, the Newstead Singers (director Lesley Cooper) at their 40th anniversary concert in 2012. The SSAA and piano version is also available, as order No. CE51
Colne Edition / Spartan Press CE52 more details

Never weather-beaten sail  for SATB unaccompanied 
a moderately easy anthem or concert piece which perfectly matches the peace of Campion's well-known text.  This piece was originally written as the fourth movement of `Four Sacred Songs'.  
Colne Edition / Spartan Press CE2     more details

Madrigal Book  for mixed choir
These virtuosic settings of sixteenth-century texts for unaccompanied choir were first performed by the William Byrd Singers of Manchester and then broadcast on BBC Radio 3 by the BBC Northern Singers, director Stephen Wilkinson
The four movements are The lowest trees have tops (Sir Edward Dyer), Hot sun, cool fire (George Peele), Fire, fire! (Thomas Campion), Come, heavy sleep (Anon.)
14 mins.    Colne Edition / Spartan Press CE27   more details    Also available on hire - contact BullardMusic

Rise up, my love for SATB and optional organ or piano
Commissioned by Avril Danzcak for the Philharmonic Choir of Manchester, conductor Ian Chesworth and subsequently performed and recorded by the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College Cambridge, director Sarah MacDonald.
Setting a popular text paraphrased from the Song of Solomon, Rise up, my love is an uplifting anthem ideal for Easter services, although the text's beautiful springtime imagery would also make a lovely feature in any concert programme. The work contains expressive word painting, with moments of intensity alongside phrases of utter stillness. There are opportunities for soloists, and the flexible scoring allows choirs to decide whether to perform the piece unaccompanied, with organ, or with piano.
Oxford University Press  more details

Spring Night (2007)  for SATB  unaccompanied             
A setting of the poem by Bliss Carman, this evocative piece was a finalist in the competition organised by the Harmonia Choir of Ottawa - first perfomance at Rideau Park United church, Ottawa on May 26 2007
3 mins.     Difficulty B    BULLARDMUSIC  contact    

The Brisk Young Widow (1980) folksong arr. for SATB                
No. 1 of Three English Folk-Songs
3 mins.     Difficulty B    Colne Edition / Spartan Press CE23   more details

The spacious firmament (1989) for  SSAATTBB Commissioned by the BBC Northern Singers as part of a 70th birthday tribute to Stephen Wilkinson, first broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 26 November 1989   
`A beautifully constructed setting of Joseph Addison's poem' - Jane Ashley,  Mastersinger magazine  
5 mins.     Difficulty C-D     OUP (in prep)

Three English Folk Songs (1980) arr.  for SATB   The Brisk Young Widow; Willow Song; Cob-o'-coalin'   
These popular arrangements may be sung individually or as a set but are only published separately.
`Attractive and straightforward technically…the melodic line is shared around the parts to good effect' Robin Wells - Choir and Organ
8 mins.     Difficulty B   COLNE / SPARTAN only available separately

Three poems of W B Yeats (1973) - SATB plus solo soprano            One of the earliest of Bullard's works  to enter the choral repertoire. It was written for the chamber choir of Winchester School of Art (first performance, Winchester, 11 July 1974, conducted by Joyce Greenwood) and was subsequently taken up by many choirs and broadcast by the BBC Northern Singers, conductor Stephen Wilkinson,  Radio 3.  It sets three of Yeats' best-known poems and shows a rich and colourful response to their heady and allusive character.
'Worthwhile and rewarding…a sensitive awareness for words and rhythm' - Choir and Organ
8 mins.      Difficulty B-C      Colne Edition / Spartan Press CE38   more details

 When June is come (1988) for SATB
This calm and rich setting of the poem by Robert Bridges was originally part of `Seasons' commissioned by Sing for Pleasure for its 25th anniversary  
3 mins.      Difficulty B-C     Colne Edition / Spartan Press CE21   more details

Willow Song (1980) folksong arranged for SATB  
No. 2 of Three English Folk-songs: first broadcast by the Stephen Hill Singers on `Friday Night is Music Night' on BBC Radio 2
3 mins.      Difficulty B     Colne Edition / Spartan Press CE24   more details

mixed choir with accompaniment

 Anniversary Song (2000) - SATB and piano
This joyful setting of a poem by Jean Lewis which looks towards the past and the future was commissioned by the Solihull Chandos Choir, conductor Michael Savage, and first performed at Shirley Methodist Church, Solihull, on 4 November 2000.
5 mins.     Difficulty B     BULLARDMUSIC  contact

A Song to Saint Helena (1989)           
A cantata for soprano and baritone soloists, choir and orchestra: commissioned by Colchester Choral Society to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the granting of the town's Charter. The text is from various sources connected with Colchester's history. First performed by the Colchester Choral Society and Colchester Sinfonia, conductor Ian Ray, with Jacquelyn Fugelle (soprano) and Ian Caddy (baritone), in the Moot Hall, Colchester, on 25 November 1989
Sop solo, bar solo, SATB choir: orchestration: 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 bn: 3 tpt: timp, 2 perc: strs
`Effective, distinctive, and original' - East Anglian Daily Times
22 mins      Difficulty B-C     BULLARDMUSIC  contact

Dance of the Universe (1979)             
This large scale cantata for tenor solo, chorus and orchestra sets sections from the sixteenth-century poet Sir John Davies' poem about the cosmic rhythms of the universe called  `Orchestra, or a poem of dancing' - Colchester Choral Society commission with funding from the Arts Council of Great Britain.  First performed by the Colchester Choral Society and the Colchester Sinfonia, conductor Ian Ray, with Richard Morton (tenor), in the Swinburne Hall, Colchester, on May 24th 1980.
Ten. solo, SATB, orchestration 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn: 2 hn, 2 tpt: timp, 2 perc: strs
`Composer and sponsors must be congratulated in bringing into being a work in the English choral tradition, but which has something new musically to say' - Alan Parsons, Essex County Standard
47 mins.     Difficulty B-C     COLNE/SPARTAN CE48  Click for more details and to buy

In such a night - this rich setting of an eighteenth-century poem, for SATB and piano, suggests the timeless calm of the night. Punctuated by tolling bells in the piano, it builds to a grand climax before subsiding into peacefulness again. It is the first movement of the cantata 'Pictures of Night' (CE43) and it can stand on its own as a colourful concert item. CE47  Click for more details and to buy

Lamentations (1993)                
A setting for SATB and string  quartet (or string orchestra) of part of the Book of Lamentations in Latin: first London performance by Octave and the Sophie Langdon Chamber Players, Saint Martins in the Fields, July 1st 1994.
11 mins. Difficulty D     
BULLARDMUSIC  contact
Mr Lear (2002)
A lighthearted cantata for narrator (optional), children's choir (optional), SATB choir, and brass quintet or piano, Mr Lear is an entertainment based on the life of Edward Lear using many of his poems and limericks, known and not so well-known.
Mr Lear was commissioned jointly by the Kemsing Singers (conductor Chris Knox-Johnston), the Sawtry Chorale (conductor Peter Davies) and the South Chiltern Choral Society (conductor Gwyn Arch) and has since been programmed by many other choirs including the Vasari Singers, the Wooburn Singers and the 200-strong Salisbury Community Choir
25 mins. Difficulty B       BULLARDMUSIC  contact

Pictures of Night (2008)
Commissioned by Essex Vocal Ensembles, conductor Janette Ruocco, for the Essex Beginner Singers, Essex Training Choir, and Essex Young Singers.
Pictures of Night is a suite of five movements, all but one with piano accompaniment. The moods are varied, and the texts range from the beauty of a still night to the excitement of a firework display, and from the storms, mystery and terror of darkness to the calm of the new moon. Originally written for upper voice and SATB choirs, all the movements of this edition may be sung by SATB choir, and two of the movements may alternatively be sung by upper voices.  Duration approx 12 minutes
1.     In such a night      (poem by Anne Finch, 1661-1720)          SATB and piano
2.     Why does he gallop? (poem by R.L.Stevenson, 1850-94)     S(S) and piano
3.     The Night is darkening round me (poem by Emily Bronte, 1818-48)    SATB unaccompanied
4.     New Moon (poems anonymous Hebridean)   SA and piano (or SATB and piano)
5.     Fireworks (words Alan Bullard)    SATB (or SA, or TB) and piano
c. 15 mins.   Difficulty A-B    
COLNE/SPARTAN CE43  Click here for details and to buy

Rise up, my love for SATB and optional organ or piano
Commissioned by Avril Danzcak for the Philharmonic Choir of Manchester, conductor Ian Chesworth and subsequently performed and recorded by the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College Cambridge, director Sarah MacDonald.
Setting a popular text paraphrased from the Song of Solomon, Rise up, my love is an uplifting anthem ideal for Easter services, although the text's beautiful springtime imagery would also make a lovely feature in any concert programme. The work contains expressive word painting, with moments of intensity alongside phrases of utter stillness. There are opportunities for soloists, and the flexible scoring allows choirs to decide whether to perform the piece unaccompanied, with organ, or with piano.
Oxford University Press  more details

Travelling Tales (2010)
Travelling Tales: tales of travel, in our imagination and in reality: mysterious travellers from unknown lands, journeys by train, by sea, and on horse-back, and visions of the future. Combining poems of the past with poems by today's young people, the music of this accessible cantata is designed to appeal to all choirs and their audiences.
The eight movements are scored for SATB choir, with optional parts for youth choir: the accompaniment is for either piano, or piano duet and percussion.
CE 44  Click here for details and to buy


mixed choir and youth choir

 Canticle of Freedom (1999)
A cantata for soprano and bass-baritone soloists, children's or youth choir, SATB choir, and orchestra, commissioned to celebrate the Millennium by Colchester Choral Society. The text - a prayer for peace and freedom - is from a number of sources and the work is in four movements whose subject matter derives from the four verses of the  hymn `It came upon the midnight clear' - Earth, Heaven, War, and Peace. First performed by the Colchester Choral Society and Colchester Sinfonia, conductor Ian Ray, with Denise Mulholland (soprano), Adrian Clarke (baritone), and children from the Colchester Performing Arts Centre, in the Moot Hall, Colchester, on 25 March 2000 and subsequently performed by the Coventry Choral Society and at Snape Maltings by the Waltham Singers and Colchester Choral Society.
Sop solo, bass-bar solo, childrens/youth choir, SATB: orchestration 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn, 4 hns (3 and 4 opt), 2 tpt, 2 tenor trb, bass trb(opt), tuba (opt): timp, 1 perc: strs
`Combines a wonderfully natural melodic and harmonic flow with atmospheric and immensely colourful orchestration - a work that fulfils artistic goals but also has an immediacy about it in the way that it engages and moves the audience' - Andrew Quartermain, Essex County Standard
48 mins. Difficulty B-C     BULLARDMUSIC  contact


Mr Lear (2002)
A lighthearted cantata for narrator (optional), children's choir (optional), SATB choir, and brass quintet or piano, Mr Lear is an entertainment based on the life of Edward Lear using many of his poems and limericks, known and not so well-known.
Mr Lear was commissioned jointly by the Kemsing Singers (conductor Chris Knox-Johnston), the Sawtry Chorale (conductor Peter Davies) and the South Chiltern Choral Society (conductor Gwyn Arch) and has since been programmed by many other choirs including the Vasari Singers, the Wooburn Singers and the 200-strong Salisbury Community Choir
25 mins. Difficulty B       BULLARDMUSIC  contact


 Pictures of Night (2008)
Commissioned by Essex Vocal Ensembles, conductor Janette Ruocco, for the Essex Beginner Singers, Essex Training Choir, and Essex Young Singers.
Pictures of Night is a suite of five movements, all but one with piano accompaniment. The moods are varied, and the texts range from the beauty of a still night to the excitement of a firework display, and from the storms, mystery and terror of darkness to the calm of the new moon. Originally written for upper voice and SATB choirs, all the movements of this edition may be sung by SATB choir, and two of the movements may alternatively be sung by upper voices.  Duration approx 12 minutes
1.     In such a night      (poem by Anne Finch, 1661-1720)          SATB and piano
2.     Why does he gallop? (poem by R.L.Stevenson, 1850-94)     S(S) and piano
3.     The Night is darkening round me (poem by Emily Bronte, 1818-48)    SATB unaccompanied
4.     New Moon (poems anonymous Hebridean)   SA and piano (or SATB and piano)
5.     Fireworks (words Alan Bullard)    SATB (or SA, or TB) and piano
c. 15 mins.   Difficulty A-B    
COLNE/SPARTAN CE43  Click here for details and to buy

This is our World
This accessible cantata for youth choir, SATB choir, and piano (or piano duet, or small orchestra) has an ecological focus, based on the thoughts of a group of children about their hopes and dreams for the future, and was commissioned by the Feltham Choral Society (conductor Philip Buckmaster), and has since received many performances
In six movements, together with a short prelude and postlude, it contains subject matter such as 'Running a race for the future', 'My idea of heaven', and 'Living with animals'.
Duration c. 20 mins.  
Colne Edition / Spartan Press  more details
The alternative piano duet accompaniment, or score and set of parts for small orchestra (2120/0200/Strs), and a separate youth choir part, are available on hire from www.ColneEdition.co.uk
Two of the movements, 'Running for the Future' and 'Sun, Moon, World' are also avaialble separately in alternative arrangements for youth choir only - click on titles for details

Travelling Tales (2010)
Travelling Tales: tales of travel, in our imagination and in reality: mysterious travellers from unknown lands, journeys by train, by sea, and on horse-back, and visions of the future. Combining poems of the past with poems by today's young people, the music of this accessible cantata is designed to appeal to all choirs and their audiences.
The eight movements are scored for SATB choir, with optional parts for youth choir: the accompaniment is for either piano, or piano duet and percussion.
CE 44  Click here for details and to buy

 Welcome May (2005)
Welcome May! is a portrait of Spring for SATB choir with piano (or strings) and optional youth choir or children's choir. Its four lighthearted movements begin as the snow melts and life beings anew: following this is a hymn to spring and new growth, which is followed by the humorous nonsense song `Spring is Sprung' and finally the choir welcomes May in all its glory and promise of Summer.  The words of the first and last songs, `The Snow Melts' and `The Coming of May', are by the nineteenth-century nature-poet John Clare, and the second movement `Hymn to Spring' is by John Newton.
Welcome May was commissioned by the Maia Singers and Stockport Youth Choir, conductor John Pomphrey, and first performed on 17 May 2005.  
A version with string orchestra accompaniment was made by the composer with financial assistance from the Ida Carroll Trust and was performed by the Maia Singers and the Manchester Chamber Ensemble, conductor John Pomphrey, on 10 May 2008, at St. Mary's Church, Stockport.
It is for SATB choir plus piano (or strings), with optional unison childrens' choir (with optional divisions) and optional upper voice choir in two parts.
No. 3 (`Spring is Sprung') may also be sung by childrens' choir or upper voice choir only.
The movements may be sung separately.     
Total duration approx 10 mins.            BULLARDMUSIC  contact



 upper voices unaccompanied

 A Bunyan Garland (2000) for SSAA
Commissioned by the Dame Alice Harpur School Choirs, Bedford, these settings of four short poems by John Bunyan contrast the brightness of the 'Peal of Bells' with the sleepy slowness of 'The Snail' and the expressive 'Sunset' with the sprightly and witty 'Hen'
`Fantastic for an older medium-high standard choir' wrote Music Teacher magazine.
5-6 mins.       Difficulty B-C     Colne Edition / Spartan Press CE4  more details

Autumn (1988) for SSA(A)               
A setting of a poem by F. Politzer commissioned by Sing for Pleasure for its 25th anniversary
`The text of this short but effective setting is a word-picture of autumn, and the music captures its rhythmic variety and quicksilver changes of mood' - Rosemary Broadbent, Mastersinger magazine
2 mins.     Difficulty B     Colne Edition / Spartan Press CE22  more details

Sursum corda (1999)  for SSAA unaccompanied
This setting of `Lord, we lift up our hearts to thee' was commissioned by St. Margaret's School, Bushey to celebrate its 250th anniversary and first performed at a special service in St. Paul's Cathedral, conducted by Ian Hope
'this little gem is ideal for any girls or adult female choir able to divide confidently into four parts' - Music Teacher magazine
3 mins.  Difficulty B-C    Oxford University Press   more details
Also in a version for SSAATTBB in Alan Bullard Anthems



upper voices with accompaniment

At the turn of the year (1988) for young voices (in mostly two parts) and piano
These three songs were partly commissioned by Sing for Pleasure for its 25th anniversary. Available separately they are Stocking and Shirt (poem by James Reeves), Snow (Walter de la Mare) and Wisselton, wasselton (anon.).     
`Fresh and enjoyable' - Mastersinger magazine
`A challenging and entertaining addition to the repertoire, expertly written for upper juniors and lower secondary pupils' -Stephen Jones, British Federation of Young Choirs Newsletter
7 mins.     Difficulty B     OUP: published separately (click links on titles above)

Love on my heart from heaven fell (2012) for SSAA and piano
This expressive and colourful song for SSAA and piano is a setting of a poem by Robert Bridges with a Christian message which is suitable for concert and church performance. It was first performed by its commissioners, the Newstead Singers (director Lesley Cooper) at their 40th anniversary concert in 2012. It is also available in an arrangement for SATB and piano (CE52)
Colne Edition / Spartan Press CE51 more details

Mind the Gap! - this rhythmic and characterful account of a train journey on London's underground is a movement from 'Travelling Tales' (CE44) arranged in this version for upper voices in two parts and piano. Guaranteed to bring a smile to any concert!  CE46 more details

Nobody's Son (1993) - cantata for young people (unison voices) and piano   
Written jointly with author Norman Hart and dedicated to the young people of Lion Walk United Reformed Church, Colchester, this popular work has received many performances, including, in 2002, by the massed choirs of the London Borough of Bexley at the Royal Festival Hall.
'Bouncy and bright with rhythmic drive....written in an idiom with which young people can identify' - Deo magazine. 'Punchy... catchy and easy to learn' - Reform
c.15 mins.     Difficulty A     BULLARDMUSIC  contact

Our World / Unsere Welt (2007) - Global Anthem for young voices (optionally in two parts), optional instruments, and piano   
This lively piece for young voices was the result of a partnership between primary schools in England and Germany, and was performed and videoed by both choirs on a school exchange. Funded by the British Council, it was commissioned by Coppins Green School, Clacton-on-Sea, and Braith-Schule, Biberach and the words (in English and German) were written by the children of both schools.
c. 4 mins.     Difficulty A     BULLARDMUSIC  contact

Red Steven (1977) cantata for young children - voices, piano, optional instruments  
This tale of magic and mystery is to a text by the composer's brother, Nick Bullard  - the seven songs are suitable for upper primary schools.          
c. 15 mins. Difficulty A     UNIVERSAL ed. 16243

 Running for the future (2000) upper voices in two parts and piano            
Originally part of 'This is our World' this lively setting of words by schoolchildren combines rhythmic drive with a care for the environment.
2 mins.     Difficulty B   Colne Edition / Spartan Press CE5  more details

Seascape (2003) for unison voices, optional instruments (e.g. recorders) and piano
This setting of a simple poem about a day by the sea was commissioned by the Harwich and Clacton Education Action Zone for a primary school project
4 mins.     Difficulty A     Colne Edition / Spartan Press CE7  more details

 Snow (1988) upper voices in two parts and piano      
(At the Turn of the Year, No. 2)          
This evocative setting of the poem by Walter de la Mare was originally commissioned by Sing for Pleasure for their twenty-fifth anniversary
'a very well written and extremely atmospheric piece for two sopranos and piano. There is a lot that a choir could get out of this piece and I can recommend it to you.' - Ensemble magazine
2 mins.     Difficulty B   Oxford University Press  more details

 Stocking and Shirt (1988) for children's voices in two parts and piano (At the Turn of the Year, No. 1)      
This lively setting of the poem by James Reeves, originally commissioned by Sing for Pleasure for their twenty-fifth anniversary, was performed on BBC TV by the Central Singers of Chichester (conductor Nicki Bennison) Sainsbury's Youth Choir of the Year winners, 1990.
'a good encore, especially as it ends with the word 'Goodbye' - Music Teacher magazine
2 mins.     Difficulty B   Oxford University Press  more details
Here'a a link to a performance on youtube

 Sun, Moon, World (2000) upper voices in two parts and piano            
Originally part of 'This is our World' this setting based on words of St. Francis of Assisi contrasts calm reflection with rhythmic drive.
2 mins.     Difficulty B   Colne Edition / Spartan Press CE8  more details

 The Awakening Age (2000) for youth choir and piano.
. Originally part of the cantata Prime Meridian, this setting of the poem by Ben Okri written for the Oxfam `On the Line' project celebrates the European and African countries through which the Greenwich Meridian passes.
'The Awakening Age' is an energetic and forward moving setting of life-affirming words by Ben Okri. Where it occurs, the two-part writing is mainly imitative and could easily be tackled by confident primary or middle-school choirs' - Music Teacher magazine
'Pulsates with vitality and energy...use it and win over your junior choir' - Geoff Weaver, Church Music Quarterly
3 mins.      Difficulty B     Oxford University Press  more details

 Wisselton, wasselton (1999) for upper voices in 2 or 3 parts and piano (or SA and optional Men and piano)
(At the turn of the year, No 3)
A lively wassail song. The strong, no-nonsense tune breaks into canon, while the brisk piano part propels the music to a joyous, 'good cheer' ending.
`A bright cheery folk-song style… would suit a school choir with a capable pianist' - Music Teacher
Oxford University Press       
3 mins.    difficulty A-B
Leaflet for SS(S) and piano    more details
SA and optional men version is in The Oxford Book of Flexible Carols  more details

 male voices, unaccompanied

Man's Mortality (1994) for ATTB (soli or choir)
A setting of an anonymous 17th-century poem
 `An intelligent setting with ever-interesting textural variation…..demands a highly proficient quartet' Christopher Wiltshire, Choir and Organ magazine  
10 mins.       Difficulty D     BULLARDMUSIC

The Sorrows of Werther (1998) for male voice choir
This setting of Thackeray's humorous poem about the tragic demise of the love-sick Werther was commissioned by the Huntingdon MVS and first performed by them in the semi-finals of the Sainsbury's Choir of the Year.
3 mins.     Difficulty B-C     BANKS MUSIC PUBLICATIONS  ECS 405  more details

male voices, with accompaniment

 A Song of Canute (1999) for male voice choir and piano
These three dramatic episodes in the life of the great king, to texts by Thackeray and the composer, were commissioned by the South Woodham Ferrers Male Voice Choir, conductor Fred Dyer, and first performed on June 25th 1999 in the Great Bursted Festival
c. 8 mins.  Difficulty B     BULLARDMUSIC

Be Joyful (2001) - a joyful song of praise for TTBB and organ, commissioned and first performed by the massed choirs of the National Association of Choirs, Group 20. There are also versions for SATB and SSAA and they all may be sung separately or together.
5 mins.     Difficulty B      BULLARDMUSIC  contact

 Jackdaw! (1997) for male voice choir and piano (with optional soprano solo)
This lively and humorous tale of the repentant jackdaw, based on the poem by R. H. Barham, was commissioned by the Huntingdon Male Voice Choir (director Peter Davies): first performance Huntingdon, 8 November 1997, conductor Michael Brewer
18 mins.      Difficulty B     BULLARDMUSIC (special order)

Psalm 150 (2004) - for TTBB with organ, commissioned by the Audley Male Voice Choir, Staffordshire and first performed in the Victoria Hall, Hanley in April 2004
4 mins.     Difficulty B     BULLARDMUSIC  contact



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Learn to sing! (1997) for SATB   unacc.       
This light-hearted setting of a couplet by William Byrd was written for the composer's fiftieth birthday concert and is dedicated to the memory of three men influential in the `Sing for Pleasure' movement, John Coates, Donald Hughes, and James Wild: first performance, Colchester, 26 July 1997
4 mins.     Difficulty B-C     BULLARDMUSIC

A Shepherd's April (1978)                 
This cantata for choir and small orchestra, or piano - a setting of part of the nineteenth-century poet John Clare's `Shepherds Calendar' - was the winning work in the 1978 Wangford Festival Composers' Competition and was first performed by the Wangford Festival Choir and Orchestra, conducted by Oliver Broome, on 14 July 1979
`good and memorable tunes…. harmonies which give it immediate attraction, while remaining within the reach of a small, competent choir' - East Anglian Daily Times
16 mins. Difficulty B-C     
BULLARDMUSIC vocal score  - parts on hire

A Song of Heath and History (1996)       
This exuberant cantata for choir, solo soprano and strings was commissioned by the Ascension Choir of Blackheath to celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary. Dedicated to the memory of the composer's father Paul, who lived in Blackheath for many years, it is a setting of a number of poems connected with the history of Blackheath and ending with an evocation of the London Marathon. First performed by the Ascension Choir, Vanine Parker (soprano) with the Blackheath Strings, conducted by Patricia Williams , in the Ascension Church, Blackheath, London, on December 1st 1996
`It was a marvellous experience for us all: Alan Bullard had fulfilled our musical requirements admirably and the audience was thrilled' - Patricia Williams, Mastersinger magazine
35 mins     Difficulty B-C     BULLARDMUSIC

Psalm-triptych (1986) - oboe and chamber choir
These three movements set sections of four psalms - nos. 121, 114, 96, and 23 -  for oboe and chamber choir. First performed in Colchester by the Chamber Choir of Colchester Institute, director Ian Ray, on March 13th 1990
`A compelling and inventive work' - Alan Parsons, Essex County Standard
9 mins.      Difficulty C     BULLARDMUSIC (MS)

Prime Meridian (2000)
Prime Meridian - Songs of Blackheath and Beyond - is an expanded version of A song of Heath and History (see above) and it is a celebration of the places on the Meridian Line. Scored for soprano solo, SATB choir, childrens / youth choir and strings, it incorporates new movements including a setting of Ben Okri's poem The Awakening Age (available separately) and a final movement about the Millennium Dome! . Commissioned and first performed by the Ascension Choir (conductor Patricia Williams) on 2 July 2000
45 minutes     Difficulty B-C     BULLARDMUSIC

Four Songs of William Blake (1970) for SSA This setting of four of Blake's `Songs of Innocence' - The Shepherd, Infant Joy, The Echoing Green, The Lamb - was the winner of the Llangollen Eisteddfod Composers Competition, 1979   
6 mins.       Difficulty B     BULLARDMUSIC (MS)

Cherry-Song (1989) for SA and piano      
This setting of an anonymous early 15th century text was commissioned by the Essex & Suffolk Federation of Townswomen's Guilds and first performed at their Festival on May 12th 1990
3 mins.      Difficulty B     BULLARDMUSIC

 Did you see it? (1999) for SSAA and piano      
The first movement of Global Village, this upbeat setting sings of the advantages and disadvantages of television
2 mins.      Difficulty B    BULLARDMUSIC

 Global Village (1999) for SSAA and piano
These upbeat settings of poems by Nick Bullard were commissioned by the Association of British Choral Directors for the Anna Magdalena Choir of Canada, conductor Bruce Pullan. The three movements, Did you see it?, We're on our way, and Talking on the Phone, are available separately.
6-7 mins.  Difficulty B-C     BULLARDMUSIC

Moonshine and Mystery (1994) for young voices in two parts, optional descant recorders, and piano       
Four tuneful songs of magic and moonshine, mystery and madness, to texts by Herrick, Harold Munro, and anon.: Tom O'Bedlam's Song, Overheard on a Saltmarsh, A Strange Story, and The Bell-Man
`Imaginative… the two-part writing provides both simple harmonic work and also antiphonal interplay…fun and effective' Jonathan Willcocks, Mastersinger magazine
9 mins.     Difficulty B     BULLARDMUSIC

No other Gods but me (1993) for soprano, alto, and organ (or flute/recorder and piano)
A setting of an 18th century version of the Ten Commandments
3 mins.     Difficulty B     BULLARDMUSIC

Revolt! (1998) cantata for narrator, children's choir, youth choir (SAB), synthesiser, percussion and piano
This dramatic presentation of the Peasant's Revolt, to a text by Nick Bullard, was commissioned by the Chelmsford Star Children's Choir and the Chelmer Youth Choir, conductor Eric Withams, and first performed in Chelmsford on 11 July 1998
30-35 mins.       Difficulty A-B          BULLARDMUSIC

 Talking on the phone (1999) for SSAA and piano      
The third movement of Global Village, this upbeat setting sings of the advantages and disadvantages of the telephone
2 mins.      Difficulty B-C    BULLARDMUSIC

The Call (1974) for SSAA and cello            
This setting of the poem by George Herbert was commissioned by the Newstead Singers with funds from the Arts Council of Great Britain and was first performed in Saint Paul's Cathedral, London
3 mins.     Difficulty B-C     BULLARDMUSIC (MS only)

 Two cats, a ladybird and some lobsters (2000) for SSAA and piano     This witty setting of poems by Anon, Emily Bronte and Lewis Caroll (The Lobster Quadrille) was commissioned by the Lea Valley W.I. Singers, conductor Enid Grattan-Guinness and was first performed on June 28th 2001
6 mins          Difficulty B     BULLARDMUSIC

 We're on our way (1999) for SSAA and piano      
The second movement of Global Village, this upbeat setting sings of the joys of aeroplane travel
2 mins.      Difficulty B    BULLARDMUSIC