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MIXED VOICE OCTAVOS
UPPER VOICE OCTAVOS
THE COLNE EDITION CHORAL SUITE SERIES
THE COLNE EDITION CHORAL CANTATA SERIES
SOLO VOICE
INSTRUMENTAL

 THE COLNE EDITION CHORAL CANTATA SERIES

 A Feast for Christmas
A seasonable celebration for SATB choir, optional youth choir and narrator, with piano (or brass quintet)
Commissioned and first performed by the South Chiltern Choral Society (conductor Gwyn Arch) this 8-movement cantata contrasts the cooking of the Christmas dinner with more reflective Christmas themes, with an opportunity for the audience to join in at the end.  Ideal for Christmas concerts - duration c. 25-30 minutes.
CE29   Click here for details and to buy.

Pictures of Night
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
CE43  Click here for details and to buy

This is our World
This accessible cantata has an ecological focus, based on the thoughts of a group of children about their hopes and dreams for the future. 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'.
This popular work, for SATB, youth choir, and piano, has received many performances. (An alternative piano duet accompaniment, or alternatively a 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). Duration c. 20 mins.
CE 32  Click here for details and to buy.

Travelling Tales
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.  Duration c. 18 minutes.
CE 44  Click here for details and to buy

Dance of the Universe
This large-scale cantata for tenor soloist, choir and small orchestra is a setting of a sixteenth-century poem in which the earth, the sun, the stars, and all the phenonema of the universe are shown to move in an ordered dance-like motion. The music responds colourfully to the imagery and it is suitable for choral societies looking for a contemporary but accessible work.
Duration c.50 minutes: orchestration 2-2-2-2 / 2-2 / Timp 2Perc / Strs
CE 48  Click here for details and to buy

Mr Lear
Re-discover the magical world of Edward Lear: the table and chair who learned to walk, the melancholy reminiscences of Uncle Arly, the Sunday outing of the Broom, Shovel, Poker and Tongs, the tale of the broken-hearted Yonghy-Bonghy-Bò, and the courtship of the Owl and the Pussycat, all linked together by narrations and limericks.
Scored for SATB choir, optional narrator, optional children's choir, and either piano or brass quintet accompaniment, this accessible and enjoyable work, first performed in 2002, was an immediate success with performers and audiences alike, and is now in the repertoire of many choirs.
Duration approximately 30-35 minutes:
CE 49  Click here for details and to buy

 MIXED VOICES SATB
Alleluia - using only the words Alleluia and Gloria, this is a fresh and original anthem full of rhythmic ingenuity, for SATB choir.  “An admirable choral flourish” said Church Music Quarterly. CE13    click for more details and  to buy
Broom-Pedlar's Song - an enjoyable SATB setting of a poem by C16th poet Robert Wilson, with a highly effective street-cry refrain which develops into a canon in both two and four parts.  A typical example of a piece showing Bullard's deep understanding of the amateur choir. 'A well-crafted treasure' - Music Teacher magazine CE3     Click for more details and to buy
Christmas Celebration - Christmas Celebration joyfully combines the first and last movements of 'A Feast for Christmas' (CE29). This 'must-have' finale for your Christmas concert ends with the audience joining in with 'We wish you a merry Christmas'. For SATB, optional youth choir, and piano (brass quintet accompaniment available on hire direct from www.ColneEdition.co.uk)  CE31    Click for more details and to buy
Cob-o'-coalin - a witty and enjoyable arrangement of this English folk-song, which has been the 'encore' in many choral concerts  CE25    Click for more details and to buy
He will speak peace - A re-issue of an anthem for SATB and organ, originally welcomed by Church Music Quarterly as showing 'a tenderness and appeal which goes straight to the heart; warmly recommended for any occasion'. CE20      Click for more details and to buy
Love on my heart from heaven fell  - 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
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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
Mr Toad - a humourous setting for SATB unaccompanied of a poem from The Wind in the Willows - a witty encore for any time of year   CE10   Click for more details and to buy
Nativity - exceptional word setting and vocal writing ensure that C17th poet Richard Crashaw's words spring to life in this anthem for unaccompanied mixed voices. CE12     Click for more details and to buy
Never weather-beaten sail - a moderately easy anthem or concert piece which perfectly matches the peace of Campion's well-known text.  For SATB (with divisions), this piece was originally written as the fourth movement of `Four Sacred Songs'.  CE2     Click for more details and to buy
Sleep, baby, sleep - a setting of a Victorian Christmas poem for SATB choir and piano or organ. The music alternates between the calm manger scene and the outside world of the shepherds, wise men, and angels, providing an expressive carol which is both dramatic and peaceful. CE45  Click for more details and to buy
Two anthems of meditation:       Blessed are the Eyes - a short, melodic and contemplative setting of the poem by G A Studdert Kennedy for SATB choir, together with O Lord Seek Us - a beautiful miniature anthem to a poem by Christina Rossetti, suitable for any occasion, for SATB and optional organ.  CE19     Click for more details and to buy
The Brisk Young Widow - a lively and characterful arrangment of this English folk-song which has been sunge in many concerts.  CE 23   Click for more details and to buy
When June is come - a rich and espressive song for SATB unaccompanied, ideal for your summer concert.  CE 21    Click for more details and to buy
Willow Song - a colourful arrangement of this English folk-song, first broadcast on BBC Radio 2  CE 24  Click for more details and to buy

 UPPER / EQUAL VOICES
A Bunyan Garland - four short poems by John Bunyan for SSAA, written for youth choir.  The brightness of The Peal of Bells contrasts 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. CE4   Click for more details and to buy
All in tune - an enchanting but moderately simple Christmas carol for equal voices in three parts with piano or organ, and optional flute, set to the anonymous text `All in tune to William's flute'.  CE11   Click for more details and to buy
Autumn - An exuberant impression of autnumn clouds for upper voice choir unaccompanied, SSA(A)  CE22  Click for more details and to buy
A Strange Story - an amusing and fast-moving setting of a traditional riddle which features the exchange of ideas between two voice parts: for young voices and piano, with optional descant recorder part. CE14  Click for more details and to buy
Grace be unto you - a moderately easy and beautifully lyrical anthem for two-part upper voices with piano or organ, with optional part for men, to a verse from the Book of Revelation. CE6    Click for more details and to buy
He came all so still - this gentle and expressive carol (first performed in St. Paul's Cathedral, London) is based on an anonymous 15th century text, and is scored for upper voice choir (SSA) with a solo alto part. CE 42  Click for more details and to buy  'The sustained chords provide a tranquility around which weaves a yearning modal alto solo' - Rupert Gough, Choir and Organ
Love on my heart from heaven fell  - 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)
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  Click for more details and to buy
Overheard on a Saltmarsh - an evocative setting of mysterious words by Harold Munro, this colourful song for two-part upper voices with piano blends an easy melodic line with rich harmonies and spoken effects, with an optional descant recorder part. CE9   Click for more details and to buy
Running for the Future - a lively setting of words by schoolchildren combining rhythmic drive with a care for the environment.  Originally a movement from This is our World, the text was created by children in response to a project focussing on their `Hopes and Dreams'.  For SS choir and piano.  CE5   Click for more details and to buy
Seascape - a simple poem about a day by the sea is transformed into a short and easy piece for unison voices, piano, and optional school instruments.  CE7   Click for more details and to buy
Sun, Moon, World - a contrast of calm reflection and rhythmic drive forms this setting of words by St Francis of Assisi, for SS and piano.  Originally written as part of the cantata `This is our World', the messages are all positive yet the work remains light-hearted.  CE8   Click for more details and to buy

 THE COLNE EDITION CHORAL SUITE SERIES
This is a series of longer unaccompanied works for the more experienced choir

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   Click for more details and to buy       Also available on hire - contact BullardMusic  

 Madrigal Book
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.    CE27   Click for more details and to buy       Also available on hire - contact BullardMusic

A Summer Garland
Commssioned and first performed at Great Waltham Church, by the Waltham Singers conducted by Andrew Fardell, on 15 June 2002, as part of a project to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee in which Alan and the choir did choral composition workshops with sixth-formers in Central and North Essex.  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, and then twice more in a repeat concert in Dedham the next day.  Andrew Fardell subsequently conducted a performance of it at Piggott's Summer Music Camp, as a result of which a number of other choirs have included it in their programmes. 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.  CE28   Click for more details and to buy       Also available on hire - contact BullardMusic

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  click for more details and to buy

Choristers of Flight (1994) for mixed choir, comprises three colourful settings of nineteenth-century poetry focussing on the different characters of birds. They have been performed by a number of choirs, performed at the Spitalfields Festival, and recorded by the Elysian Singers of London, director Sam Laughton, on their CD Peacocks and Piranhas - the recording is also to be found on the promotional CD of Alan Bullard's music, Cantate Gloria, available from Colne Edition.
Colne Edition / Spartan Press CE39 click for more details and to buy


  SOLO VOICE

Autumn Evening for soprano, clarinet in B flat, and piano    
A vibrant setting of a colourful extract from James Thomson's `The Seasons'  which is in the repertoire of many 'Shepherd on the Rock' trios
CE18     Click for more details and to buy

 A Swan, A Man for baritone and piano
Commissioned by the Edmund Blunden Society, this dramatic song, for baritone and piano, to words by Edmund Blunden, vividly responds to the poet's memories of the First World War as he meditates by a village mill-pond.
CE30    Click for more details and to buy

 The Sea of Faith for high voice and piano
This dramatic setting of Matthew Arnold's vivid poem 'Dover Beach' for high voice and piano treats the performers as equal partners and reflects the seamless blend of continuity and change reflected in the poem. Lasting 8-9 minutes, this is a challenging but worthwhile and moving recital piece.
CE35    Click for more details and to buy

 When I am dead my dearest for voice and piano
This short song of dreamy sorrow and hope for voice and piano is a setting of words by Christina Rossetti. Its sustained and expressive vocal line, supported by rich harmony, make it a popular recital choice. The score contains versions in high and low keys, making it suitable for all voices.
CE36    Click for more details and to buy

 Come live with me and be my love for medium voice and piano
A joyous and accessible setting of Christopher Marlowe's popular love poem - an ideal encore song!
CE37    Click for more details and to buy


 INSTRUMENTAL

Autumn Evening for soprano, clarinet in B flat, and piano    
A vibrant setting of a colourful extract from James Thomson's `The Seasons'  which is in the repertoire of many 'Shepherd on the Rock' trios
CE18     Click for more details and to buy

Fanfare on 'York' for organ solo 
This lively work was commissioned by the Leeds Organists' Association in celebration of the 60th Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, and was first performed by Graham Barber on the magnificent Schulze organ of Armley Parish Churc h near Leeds. the Fanfare is equally suitable for recital programmes, and for a festive conclusion to a church service.
CE 50     Click for more details and to buy

Five Snapshots for two clarinets
Five Snapshots explores the clarinet's colour and range in five characterful movements: the lively changing moods of 'Focus', the expressive 'Shadow', the scurrying 'Figures', the powerfully rhythmic 'Searchlight' and the empty and mysterious 'Landscape'. Written originally for two advanced students, they are suitable both for study and concert performance.
The score is designed so that both players can play from one copy.
CE 40     Click for more details and to buy

Three Improvisations for piano solo
These three pieces, improvisatory in character but detailed in structure, are suitable for both study and performance, exploring a wide range of colour within an accessible style.
The 'Caprice', mostly light and delicate, leads to a slower and expressive 'Lament', and the set concludes with a lively gigue-like 'Dance'.
'A really first-rate set of pieces, perfect for concerts, for the Grade 5-6 student'  Piano Journal
CE 41    Click for more details and to buy

Sonatina for oboe and piano
A three-movement sonatina in a neo-classical idiom which has received many performances
CE17     Click for more details and to buy

Spring Pictures for violin and piano
Three movements - Awakening, Bluebell and Celandine, and Merry-making - which focus on the lyrical and romantic qualities of the two instruments, but with the opportunity for technical display in the sizzling finale!
CE15     Click for more details and to buy

Winter Variations for cello and piano
This dramatic and colourful single-movement piece - a journey from Winter to Spring - gives opportunity for virtuosic display from both cellist and pianist.
CE16     Click for more details and to buy

Workout for tenor/soprano sax and piano
Designed for the more experienced player, Workout is an exciting single-movement work contrasting sections of sonorous drama with lively elements of jazz, giving both players the opportunity to show off their skills. Also available for Alto Sax and Piano (order no. CE34)
CE33     Click for more details and to buy

Workout for alto sax and piano
Designed for the more experienced player, Workout is an exciting single-movement work contrasting sections of sonorous drama with lively elements of jazz, giving both players the opportunity to show off their skills. Also available for Tenor/Soprano Sax and Piano (order no. CE33)
CE34     Click for more details and to buy

All the above publications are available from
Spartan Press Music Publishers Ltd, Strathmashie House, Laggan Bridge, Scottish Highlands PH20 1BU.  Tel 01528 544770, Fax 01528 544771, www.SpartanPress.co.uk - or good music shops.