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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 Sebastian 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.