SONGS

Something Special Happens (2020/21)

words and music for children’s choir (3 parts) and period instrument chamber orchestra, commissioned by Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Camden Music Hub.

This Too Shall Pass (2020) – lyrics by Sam Adams

Co-written with Sam Adams for the Lockdown Sessions’ Isolation E.P., music created and recorded remotely during the 2020 pandemic: vocals, trombone, sax, guitar, keys, bass guitar and drums: https://thelockdownsessions.bandcamp.com/track/this-too-shall-pass

Songs for People (2020)

An ongoing collection of songs dedicated to individuals very young and older (and everything in between!) on request/as a gift during the 2020 pandemic lockdown, all for voice and piano. Watch here: https://youtu.be/SdtucmIACwI

Listen Closely (2019)

words and music for year 2 singers accompanied by rhythm section (keys, bass, drums). Inspired by mindfulness practices and children’s responses to them (specifically here the concept of ‘The Island of the Self’), commissioned by Mindful Music and St John’s C of E Primary School.

This version for voice and four cellos: https://friendsofmindfulmusic.bandcamp.com/track/listen-closely-singalong-with-raph-clarkson

I am the Artist (2019)

words and music for year 6 singers accompanied by rhythm section (keys, bass, drums). Inspired by mindfulness practices and children’s responses to them (specifically here the concept of ‘The Island of the Self’), commissioned by Mindful Music and St John’s C of E Primary School.

https://www.mindfulmusic.london/raphclarkson

Invite the Bell (2019)

words and music for year 2 and year 6 singers accompanied by rhythm section (keys, bass, drums). Inspired by mindfulness practices and children’s responses to them, commissioned by Mindful Music and St John’s C of E Primary School.

https://www.mindfulmusic.london/raphclarkson

I Sing With The Earth (2019)

words and music for children’s choir (2 parts) and period instrument chamber orchestra playing at A=415 [02(/recorder)01, 01(/natural trumpet)00, harpsichord, strings] – commissioned by Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Camden New Voices. This song also features on the second album by The Dissolute Society (2021).

This is How we Grow (2019) – lyrics by Hazel Gould

song for massed children’s choir and chamber orchestra [111(bass clt.)1, 1110, perc., pno., 11111]. Commissioned by Sinfonia Viva for the 2019 ‘Algorhythms’ project at Derby Theatre in collaboration with Rolls Royce, Orchestras Live, and Derbyshire Music Education Hub. This song also features on the second album by The Dissolute Society (2021).

A Message to a Machine (2019) – lyrics by Hazel Gould

song for massed children’s choir and chamber orchestra [1111, 1110, drum kit, kbd., 11111(/elec. bass)]. Commissioned by Sinfonia Viva for the 2019 ‘Algorhythms’ project at Derby Theatre in collaboration with Rolls Royce, Orchestras Live, and Derbyshire Music Education Hub. This song also features on the second album by The Dissolute Society (2021).

Ada Lovelace (2019) – lyrics by Hazel Gould

song for massed children’s choir and chamber orchestra [1(/picc)11(/bass clt.)1, 1110, perc., pno., 11111]. Commissioned by Sinfonia Viva for the 2019 ‘Algorhythms’ project at Derby Theatre in collaboration with Rolls Royce, Orchestras Live, and Derbyshire Music Education Hub. This song also features on the second album by The Dissolute Society (2021).

Three Songs from Macbeth (2018) – text by Shakespeare

three short songs setting Shakespeare’s text, for children’s voices and flexible instrumentation (soprano sax/bass clarinet & trombone in the original iteration): ‘Fair is Foul’, ‘Dwbl, Dwbl’ and ‘Hail, King!’. Commissioned by Mid Wales Music Trust for the Willow Globe/Shakespeare Link Macbeth project: http://www.mwmt.org.uk/our-projects/macbeth-at-the-willow-globe

Itself and One (2018) – lyrics by Hazel Gould

song for massed children’s choir and chamber orchestra [1111, 1110, perc., pno., 11111]. Commissioned by Sinfonia Viva for the 2018 ‘Mathematical Advantage’ project at Derby Theatre in collaboration with Rolls Royce, Orchestras Live, and Derbyshire Music Education Hub. This song also features on the second album by The Dissolute Society (2021).

Symmetry (2018) – lyrics by Hazel Gould

song for massed children’s choir and chamber orchestra [1111, 1110, perc., pno., 11111]. Commissioned by Sinfonia Viva for the 2018 ‘Mathematical Advantage’ project at Derby Theatre in collaboration with Rolls Royce, Orchestras Live, and Derbyshire Music Education Hub.

The Soldier (2008) – text by Rupert Brooke

a setting of Rupert Brooke’s poem for soprano and cello.