Explore choral music

The Boosey & Hawkes choral catalogue ranges from repertoire classics, both sacred and secular, to music for school singing and training. To listen to a selection of choral recordings visit our sound samples area.
 


Choral Explorations

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Leading choral composers

Music by Boosey & Hawkes composers occupies a central position in the choral repertoire, perfomed in the concert hall, church and the recording studio.

Benjamin Britten

Choral best-sellers by Benjamin Britten include Saint Nicolas, Hymn to St Cecilia and A Ceremony of Carols. Large-scale works with orchestra include War Requiem and Spring Symphony. Britten's music is recorded widely including discs on all major labels.


Aaron Copland

Copland's choral music ranges from the folk song style of Old American Songs and The Promise of Living, through the Four Motets on biblical texts, to his a cappella masterpiece describing the Creation, In the Beginning


Gerald Finzi

Choral music by this popular British composer includes anthems such as God is Gone Up and the reflective Seven Unaccompanied Part Songs setting poetry by Robert Bridges. Finzi's works with orchestra including the Christmastide In Terra Pax and the Wordsworth cantata Intimations of Immortality.


Henryk Mikolaj Górecki

Meditative religious gems by this leading Polish composer include Totus Tuus. He has also written choral songs in folk style such as My Vistula, Grey Vistula and Broad Waters. Recent Górecki choral works include Kurpian Songs and Lobgesang.


Karl Jenkins

Following the success of Adiemus, Karl Jenkins has written two major choral works, both available on best-selling CDs and widely performed. The Armed Man: a Mass for Peace is a call for peace at a time of strife, and Requiem combines the Latin Mass for the Dead with Japanese haiku poetry.


James MacMillan

MacMillan's extensive choral output ranges from simple Scottish ballads, through church settings, to largescale concert works. His most renowned works include Seven Last Words from the Cross, Mass, Cantos Sagrados and Quickening. For a full list of choral works, view our new web guide to MacMillan's choral music (PDF) including performance tips by Paul Spicer and links to audio clips.


Sergei Rachmaninoff

Rachmaninoff's rich choral writing ranges from the religious ceremonies of the Vespers (All Night Vigil) and the Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, to his masterly Edgar Allen Poe setting of The Bells and the cantata Spring.


The B&H Simrock Edition features repertoire by leading choral composers from the 19th century including Brahms and Bruch.


Choral Treasury and Contemporary Repertoire

Choral Treasury

Drawing upon a rich archive, the Boosey & Hawkes Choral Treasury presents a wealth of choral opportunities for choirs of all types and abilities wishing to explore rare repertoire from Rachmaninoff to Howells and beyond. A perfect resource for accessible and inspiring choral masterworks of the twentieth century, this series restores to the catalogue many difficult to obtain sacred and secular classics.


Contemporary Choral Series

The Boosey & Hawkes Contemporary Choral Series offers an exciting choice of choral pieces by some of the most acclaimed choral composers of today, from established names such as James MacMillan, Karl Jenkins and Einojuhuani Rautavaara, to emerging choral figures such as Will Todd, Joseph Phibbs, Ed Rex, Thomas Hewitt Jones  and Gareth Treseder.



Choral Training and Repertoire

Choral Music Experience

Series Editor: Doreen Rao
Everything you need to train young choirs. Choral Music Experience is a performance-based curriculum for music education developed by award-winning educator Doreen Rao. It brings a new integrated approach to music education, combining the development of performance skills with the acquisition of musical knowledge. In the past, these complementary aspects of music have been taught and treated separately. Today we know that when students perform, they are demonstrating their knowledge - they are singing their understanding. Guided by this performance model, Doreen Rao's Choral Music Experience focuses on distinctive, diverse, multicultural choral repertoire in which students can experience the joy of learning through singing. An invaluable resource for conductors, teachers and student teachers.


Betty Bertaux Choral Series

Betty Bertaux's works have expanded the body of quality repertoire for young singers. Her original compositions are tonally based and characterised by 20th century freshness. Her folk song arrangements are carefully conceived to capture the essence and spirit of the song material. Betty Bertaux's music combines the best elements of musicality and pedagogical concerns.


Transient Glory

Series Editor: Francisco Nunez
Transient Glory introduces newly commissioned choral music by the world's major composers created to celebrate the profoundly transcendent nature of young singing voices. Launched in the year 2000, Transient Glory began as a concert performance series of the Young People's Chorus of New York City conducted by Francisco J. Nunez to advance the art of children's choirs throughout the world. The Transient Glory choral series is designed and developed by its editor as a commitment to young voices singing glorious music during that short, transient period of childhood.


Mary Goetze Choral Series

High quality repertoire for children's and youth choirs, specially selected and arranged by the leading US educationalist Mary Goetze.



Classroom Singing

Singing Sherlock

This best-selling series by leading UK educationalists Val Whitlock and Shirley Court is great fun and guaranteed to get even the most reluctant pupils singing. Each book contains a wide variety of songs, warm-ups, raps and games specially written for young voices, a demonstration CD that brings the music to life and helps you teach the songs, and fact files and case notes which shows teachers how to use the songs in the classroom.



Sale and Rental

You can buy choral music from our Online Shop or from your local dealer, and search our extensive catalogue of choral music using our Catalogue Search.


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Explore choral music
Choral Explorations
Leading choral composers
Benjamin Britten
Aaron Copland
Gerald Finzi
Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
Karl Jenkins
James MacMillan
Sergei Rachmaninoff

Choral Treasury and Contemporary Repertoire
Choral Treasury
Contemporary Choral Series
Choral Training and Repertoire
Choral Music Experience
Betty Bertaux Choral Series
Transient Glory
Mary Goetze Choral Series
Classroom Singing
Singing Sherlock
Sale and Rental

James MacMillan on his new St Luke Passion

James MacMillan's discusses his new St Luke Passion premiered in Amsterdam in March.
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Publication of the Month

Karl Jenkins 
The Peacemakers
for chorus and large ensemble

This new Jenkins choral work sets words of peace from iconic, world-changing figures. The EMI recording has been topping the UK classical charts.

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