Commissions

An important legacy of the William Byrd Singers is the body of new compositions either commissioned for or directly by the choir, or resulting from our occasional Composers’ Competitions. These include:

Sainte Marye Virgine by Michael Ball 
Calico Pie by Richard Rodney Bennett
Earth, Sweet Earth (with strings) by Alan Charlton
Sir John (with horn trio) by Stephen Dodgson

Psalm 115 (with brass) by David Ellis  
Seven Poems of Stevie Smith (with wind quintet) by John Gardner
Four Poems (with cello) by Sebstian Forbes
The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo (with alto flute, viola and harp) by Elizabeth Maconchy 
Siberia by John McCabe 

King Sweeney (with instrumental ensemble) by Gerard Victory 

The Rape of the Lock (with accordion) by James Wilson 

Gitanjali by Margaret Lucy Wilkins 

Three Poems by Edith Sitwell by Graham Redwood
Betjeman's Bells by Stephen Wilkinson
Dover Beach by Stephen Wilkinson
Some Psalms by Stephen Wilkinson
That Time of Year by Stephen Wilkinson

Many of these works are available for hire from the Byrds’ library.

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