COMPOSITIONS & ARRANGEMENTS

Below is a comprehensive and detailed list of titles, together with a little background.
For a concise summary with timings and orchestrations, please click here.
For the Christmas & Festive works alone, click at the top of the page.
Most of the music on this page is published by Camden Music, London.
Many online performances are available and these can be heard by pressing the play button

CHORAL MUSIC

AWAY IN A MANGER
Carol for SATB, solo tenor and piano (or chamber orchestra)

Parts for chamber orchestra are available on hire. (1.1.1.1/1.0.0.0/1P.hp.cel/strings)
Away in a Manger is recorded on Naxos 8.570793

CHERRY TREE CAROL (The)
Carol for SATB (also SSA) and organ (with optional solo flute) or chamber orchestra


Demo of SSA version
Parts for chamber orchestra are available on hire (1.1.1.1/1.0.0.0/1P.hp.cel/strings)
This is a popular new setting of this charming carol.
The Cherry Tree Carol has been recorded in both its SATB and High Voice versions with
orchestral and instrumental accompaniments.
See the recordings page for full details.
The Cherry Tree Carol is recorded on Naxos 8.570793, Herald HAVPCD299 & Cantoris CRCD6075 (high voice)

FESTIVE FROLIC
Celebratory piece for SAB and optional junior chorus with symphony orchestra & organ

Written in something of a minimalist style, Festive Frolic was written in 2006 to celebrate thirty years since the first
biennial choral festival given by the London Borough of Redbridge at London's Royal Albert Hall. It was first performed
in the hall under the title Festival Frolic and was conducted by the composer.
Parts for orchestra and chorus are available on hire. (2.2.2.2/4.2.3.1/T.3P.2Kbd.org/strings)
Festive Frolic is recorded on Naxos 8.570793

IN EXCELSIS GLORIA
Song for solo soprano and piano (or chamber orchestra)


A setting of Christmas words written for my friend, the soprano Julia Wilson-James.
Parts for chamber orchestra are available on hire for both sets.
(1.1.1.1/1.0.0.0/T.2-3P.hp.pfd.cel/strings)

O COME, O COME EMMANUEL
Advent hymn arranged for solo baritone, SATB chorus and chamber orchestra


An atmospheric start by a solo voice leads to a dramatic last verse with just a hint of Hollywood!
Parts for chamber orchestra are available on hire. (1.1.1.1/2.0.0.0/.T1P.hp.(opt org)/strings)
O come, O come Emmanuel is recorded on Naxos 8.570793

PRECES & RESPONSES
for SATB and organ

A setting of the Preces & Responses (with Dismisal) with a original but approachable concept.

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER
Arrangement for orchestra with optional SATB chorus and soloist and/or audience participation

A new arrangement commissioned by Raymond Gubbay Ltd. for its annual nationwide Christmas festival.
It is performable by orchestra alone or with choir and/or audience and/or solo voice for the optional opening verse
(which is cued into the first horn part in the orchestral version).
Parts for orchestra and SATB chorus are available on hire (2.2.2.2/4.3.2.1/.T.3P.(hp).strings)
Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer is recorded on Naxos 8.570793

SLEEP SWEET BABE! (Dormi Jesu)
Song for solo voice and piano (or chamber orchestra) with optional SATB chorus


Based on the slow movement of the Concertino for Celeste, this carol is also available with orchestral accompaniment.
(1.1.1.1/1.0.0.0/hp.cel/strings)
Sleep Sweet Babe! is recorded on Naxos 8.570793

THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH AND SONG
Anthem for SATB and organ


A setting of words selected from Psalm 118 suitable for Easter or Festival use. This lively anthem, written for the choir of
St.Edwards Church, Romford, is in a Samba style.
The Lord is my Strength and Song has been recorded on Redbridge RRCD1067. See the recordings page for full details.

THREE CAROLS
for SATB (also SS), solo flute and keyboard accompaniment (or chamber orchestra)


1. Gabriel's Message

2. Rocking

3. Angels from the realms of glory

SS (high voice) versions

1. Gabriel's Message

2. Rocking

3. Angels from the realms of glory


Parts for chamber orchestra are available on hire for both sets (1.1.1.1/1.0.0.0/T.2-3P.hp.pfd.cel/strings)

Three Carols have been recorded using both the orchestral and instrumental accompanimental versions.
See the recordings page for further details.
Three Carols are recorded on Naxos 8.570793, Cantoris CRCD6075 (high voice) & Redbridge RRCD1067
Rocking has also been recorded on Herald HAVPCD299

THREE MORE CAROLS
for SATB (also SS), solo flute and keyboard accompaniment (or chamber orchestra)

1. The Coventry Carol

2. Silent Night

3. In Dulci Jubilo

SS (high voice) versions

1. The Coventry Carol

2. Silent Night

3. In Dulci Jubilo


Parts for chamber orchestra are available on hire for both sets (1.1.1.1/1.0.0.0/T.2-3P.hp.pfd.cel/strings)
Three More Carols have been recorded with both the orchestral and instrumental accompaniments versions.
See the recordings page for full details.
Three More Carols are recorded on Naxos 8.570793, Cantoris CRCD6075 (high voice) & Redbridge RRCD1067

High voice/SS arrangements (two equal parts) are also available for both sets.
The flute part, whilst desirable for performance, could be played by another, suitable instrument.

TWO MICHAELMAS CAROL ANTHEMS
for high voices (SS), oboe and keyboard

1.
Crowns of Gold

2. It Came upon a Midnight Clear


These two short pieces are written for two, equal high voice parts. They have an oboe obbligato part which could be played by
another instrument, if preferred. They are ideally suited to piano accompaniment. Crowns of Gold is in a catchy 7/8 time and
It Came upon a Midnight Clear is in a Calypso style.

Two Michaelmas Carol Anthems have been recorded on Cantoris CRCD6075 & Redbridge RRCD1067.
See the recordings page for full details.

WE THREE KINGS OF ORIENT ARE
Carol for SATB, three (optional) solo kings and piano (or chamber orchestra)


This arrangement was made for a performance in 2004 at London's Barbican Hall given by the choir of St George's Chapel,
Windsor Castle and the English Chamber Orchestra. Parts for chamber orchestra are available on hire.
(1.1.1.1/1.0.0.0/2P.hp(or pno)/strings)
It can also be performed with a more classical orchestra (0.2.1.1/2.0.0.0/1P.hp(or pno).org/strings)
We Three Kings of Orient Are is recorded on Naxos 8.570793

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INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

BACK TO BACH
Suite for solo piano and orchestra

Back to Bach is a suite of three pieces arranged/transcribed for solo piano and orchestra from the music of J.S. Bach

1. Sinfonia
arranged from Cantata 29


This is an transcription of the Sinfonia from Cantata 29 "Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir"
(We thank you, Lord, we thank you).
The arrangement is scored for orchestra (2.2.2.1.contra/4.2.3.1/T.2P.Hp.strings) and solo piano.

2. Aria
arranged from Cantata 156


This is an arrangement of the Sinfonia from J.S. Bach's Cantata 156. It last about 3' 45" and was broadcast
by the BBC Concert Orchestra under Barry Wordsworth as part of Friday Night is Music Night in September 2000.
The arrangement is scored for orchestra (2.1.ca.2.2(contra)/4.2.3.1/T.1P.Hp.strings) and solo piano.

3. Gigue
arranged from the Fugue a la Gigue


This transcription of the Gigue Fugue for organ is for solo piano and orchestra. It lasts about 3' 30" and was first broadcast in
August 2001.
The arrangement is scored for orchestra (1.pic.1.ca.1.BCl.1.contra/4.2.3.1/T.3P.Hp.strings) and solo piano
Back to Bach is recorded by Roderick Elms on Dutton - CDLX7175

BURLESCA
for two horns & piano duet

A lively trio for four! Written to conclude a recital for Ongar Music Club given by horn players Stephen Bell & Charlie Lines
together with myself and my wife, Joanna Smith, at one piano.

CHIARORE DEL MARE
for electric (or acoustic) violin and chamber orchestra

A short Canzonetta lasting about 4' 25" in a slow, romantic style. The title refers to that etherial aura of lightness which can be
seen from the sea just prior to dawn which is neither white nor dark - a sort of white translucence.
Its first performance was given by its dedicatee, Lynette Wynn, with the Elgar Chamber Orchestra conducted by Stephen Bell in
Eton College.
The piece is scored for chamber orchestra (0.ca.0.0/2.0.0.0/Hp.strings) and solo violin
Chiarore del Mare is recorded by Janice Graham on Dutton - CDLX7175

CHRISTMAS MUDLEY
for two pianos | piano duet | piano & brass | piano & orchestra

This piece was originally written for a Christmas edition of Radio 2's long-lamented programme "At the Piano". The first performance was given by Roderick Elms and John Alley from the BBC's Maida Vale Studios.
The 'Mudley' is also available arranged for piano duet, solo piano & brass and solo piano & orchestra.
The featured tunes are: The Sussex Carol, Silent Night, Deck the Halls, The Twelve Days of Christmas
& Here We Come A-wassailing.

CONCERTINO FOR CELESTE
for celeste and chamber orchestra

1.
Capriccietto

2.
Cantilena

3.
FineAle

CYGNCOPATIONS
Reverie et Danse for swan (or cor anglais) and orchestra

1.
Reverie

2. Danse

Lasting just over 6 minutes, Cygncopations is is two main sections, starting with a reflective and atmospheric Reverie
and continuing with a lively Jig. It was written for the cor anglais player, Victoria Walpole, and first performed by her
at the Mermaid Theatre, London on 11 July 2003, the performance broadcast live on BBC Radio.
Cygncopations is recorded by Victoria Walpole on Dutton - CDLX7175

ELEGIE
for solo piano


A short piano piece based on the famous Irish folk song "She moved through the Fair" and written in memory of my father.

It is also available in a version for piano and orchestra (2.1.ca.2.2(contra)/4.2.3.1/T.1P.Hp.strings)
Elegie is recorded by Roderick Elms on Dutton - CDLX7175

FANFARE DA FESTA
Short seasonal fanfare for brass, organ, celeste & percussion

This piece is scored for brass (4,3,2,1) with percussion, celeste and organ.

This short Christmas piece contains references to a number of carols. It has a slightly Latin American flavour to the middle section and ends in a 'grand manner'. It last about 1' 10" and received its first performance in The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester in
December 2001 by the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Stephen Bell.
The Fanfare ends in D major making it a suitable Prelude to a great many Christmas pieces starting in G!
Fanfare da Festa is recorded on Naxos 8.570793

FESTA DI TASTIERE
Something of a "keyboard fest" based on the tune "Praise my Soul"
for classical two organs, piano duet, trumpet, three horns and snare drum

I wrote this piece as the Recessional for my wedding to Joanna Smith on 8th April 2007 in Holy Trinity Church, Southchurch in Essex. The presence of so many keyboard instruments was too good an opportunity to pass up as well as some wonderful friends willing to play them!

FOUR SEASONAL NOCTURNES
for solo french horn and chamber orchestra

1.
A Little Fall-ish (Horn Abroad)

2. 
The Horn in Winter (Le Cor en Hiver)

3.
The Well Sprung Horn (Vorsprung durch Horntechnik)

4.
Little Horn in the Sun (Sol' un Cornetto)


These four pieces (lasting some 13 minutes in total) were written for Stephen Bell, principal horn player of the BBC Concert Orchestra, and first broadcast by them on BBC Radio 2 between October 1998 and July 1999 conducted by Barry Wordsworth.

Orchestral material is available on hire (1.0.0.0/0.0.0.0/1P.hp.cel/strings).

Four Seasonal Nocturnes are now available for horn and piano and were premièred in this version at the British Horn Society's
1999 Horn Festival in London on 24 October 1999.
Four Seasonal Nocturnes are by Martin Owen recorded on Dutton - CDLX7175

GAZELLE
for solo piano

A short elegie for piano written for my friend Dorcas.
It is also available in a version for piano and orchestra (0.0.0.0/1.0.0.0/.Hp.strings)
Gazelle is recorded by Roderick Elms on Dutton - CDLX7175

IL CYGNET
Eleganza for cor anglais and piano

A short solo lasting about 3 minutes in a slow and thoughtful style. It was written for the young cor anglais player, Katy Bell.
Il Cygnet is recorded by Victoria Walpole on Dutton - CDLX7175

MOODY MOVES
Sextet for flute, oboe (cor anglais), clarinet in Bb (A), french horn, bassoon and piano

1. Amorous Antiphon
2. Precoscious Prelude

3. Retro Romance

4. Funky Fugato
5. Cool Cadenza
6. Saucy Saltarello

PAPER DANCES
Dance Fantasy for piano duet & orchestra

This concert piece was written for my wife, the pianist Joanna Smith, in celebration of our first (Paper) Wedding Anniversary.
We recorded with the Southbank Sinfonia and later broadcast it live with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Stephen Bell.

PAEAN
for organ & orchestra

The Paean for organ and strings (with optional percussion) was commissioned by the Elgar Chamber Orchestra which gave its
first performance on 9 May 2004 in St John’s Church, High Wycombe conducted by Stephen Bell with the composer as soloist.

SHEEP MAY SAFELY GRAZE
Arrangement for organ with strings and two horns

Parts for organ and chamber orchestra are available on hire (0.0.0.0/2.0.0.0/org.strings)
Sheep May Safely Graze is recorded on Naxos 8.570793

SLEEPER'S WAKE! (Wauchet auf)
Arrangement for organ with strings and two horns

Parts for organ and chamber orchestra are available on hire (0.0.0.0/2.0.0.0/org.strings)
Sleepeer's Wake! is recorded on Naxos 8.570793

TWELVE ASTROLOGICAL PRELUDES
for solo piano


These twelve preludes are the result of a challenge from a BBC producer following the writing of Aquarius as a short 'filler' for a
radio recital - "just eleven to go" ...
The pieces are based upon two melodic strands and there is one in each of the twelve major keys. The character and style of each
prelude alludes to certain character traits of its particular birth sign.
Each bears a printed descriptions of some general characteristics deemed to be associated with each sign.
The set starts with Capricorn and ends with Sagittarius, although a performance of the complete cycle could start at any point.
The standard of the pieces ranges from about Grade Six to Performers level.

TWO ANGLO FANDANGOS
for classical guitar and organ

1. Fandango Fantastico
was written in June 2002 to mark the wedding of Victoria Green and Stuart Nicholson who give the first performance
on 14 July 2002 in Romford Parish Church.
My knowledge of the practicalities of the guitar is rudimentary and I am indebted to my friendf Carlos Bonell for his kind
advice in the preparation of the guitar part.
It may be found useful, in performance, to employ some discreet amplification, especially if the organist is at some distance from the guitar.
The piece lasts 5' 15"

Fandango Fantastico is recorded by Victoria Green & Stuart Nicholson on Dutton - CDLX7175

2. Fandando Frivolo
was written in 2012 as a companion opiece for Fadango Fantastico.

Much of this piece is a gentle duo between the two instruments although there are a few moments for the organ to show what it can do!
The piece lasts 6' 06"

Fandango Fantastico is recorded by Victoria Green & Stuart Nicholson on Dutton - CDLX7175

TWO FESTIVE CARILLONS
for organ solo

1. Carillon Festivo - festive recessional for organ
Written for the wedding of my publisher, this lively postlude has more than a few semiquavers (16ths!). Dur. 3' 00"

Carillon Festivo has been recorded by Stuart Nicholson on Redbridge RRCD1067. See the recordings page for full details.

2. Carillon da Festa - Procession & Romp based on the tune "Happy Birthday"
written for the 40th Birthday of a friend and lasting about 4' 02". The piece is in two sections - a dignified Processional followed by a lively "Romp".

WASSAIL DOWN THE WIND
Suite of "Three Drinking songs for organist & Orchestra"


This suite of seasonally influenced pieces was written to allow the organist an opportunity to shine in his/her own right and show
off some of the features of this wonderful instrument.
The piece is scored for symphony orchestra (pic.1.2.1.B.cl.1.C.Fg/4.2.3.1/T.3P/Hp.strings) and solo organ.
Orchestral material is available on hire.

1. The Boar's Head, Coventry
A lively and dramatic dance movement based on the Coventry Carol which reaches a climax with references by way of the
Boar's Head Carol. It affords many opportunities for the organist to display the power of the instrument,

2. Merry Gents
A rather satirically slow and lugubrious re-working of the melody for "God rest you merry, gentlemen". The organist is able to show
off some of the more characterful sounds of the organ.

3. Wassailing in the Dark
The third movement was written for the BBC Concert Orchestra in its 50th anniversary year. It is based on the carol "Here we come
a Wassailing".

Wassail Down the Wind is recorded by Stuart Nicholson on Naxos 8.570793

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