The Oxford Book of Flexible Choral Songs

Oxford University Press / Alan Bullard
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The Oxford Book of Flexible Choral Songs is the perfect resource for secular choirs and singing groups who like the flexibility to perform songs in a range of combinations from unison to SATB. Each piece may be performed by a mixed choir, but is also presented with flexible scoring options, clearly explained throughout, enabling performance by various combinations of singers, including upper voices or men's voices alone. As well as new arrangements of existing repertoire, the collection also features newly commissioned original works, specially written for flexible forces.

  • Perfect for small choirs, young choirs, choirs with few men, choirs just starting out, and choirs with limited rehearsal time
  • 51 flexibly scored choral songs, including 12 new commissions
  • Accessible piano accompaniments, with some unaccompanied songs
  • Wide range of styles, from the thirteenth century to the present day
  • Repertoire includes madrigals and part-songs, folksongs, European art songs, Victorian ballads, and variety songs
  • Classified by subject-matter, including 'Birds and Beasts', 'Comedy', 'Mystery', 'Seasons and Times', 'Choral Centrepieces', and 'Encores'
  • Original songs by composers including Will Todd, John Rutter, Bob Chilcott, Oliver Tarney, Sarah Quartel, Ben Parry, and Alan Bullard
  • Newly arranged songs by composers ranging from Dowland to Walton
  • English singing translations for songs in other languages


  • Alan Bullard: A Bell-Chime
  • John Rutter: A flower remembered
  • Edvard Grieg: A Swan (En svane)
  • Will Todd:All will be well
  • Stephen Hatfield: As She Goes
  • Alan Bullard: Calm and deep peace / Simple Gifts
  • Thomas Morley,adap. Alan Bullard: Canzonet
  • Alan Bullard: Celebrate!
  • Charles Edward Horn, arr. Alan Bullard: Cherry ripe
  • BobChilcott: Catch a Falling Star
  • Oliver Tarney: Chimes
  • Ian Assersohn: Dwell on the beauty
  • Ben Parry:Eletelephony
  • Toby Young: Fall, leaves, fall
  • John Dowland, adap. Alan Bullard: Flow my tears
  • Alan Bullard: FourBird Songs
  • Trad. English folk song, arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams: Greensleeves
  • Libby Larsen: If I can stop one heart frombreaking
  • Thomas Morley, arr. Alan Bullard: It was a lover and his lass
  • Pierre Certon: La, la, la
  • Trad.Spanish, arr. Alan Bullard: Juanita (A Spanish Ballad)
  • Alison Willis: My Boy Jack
  • Michael Higgins: My heart is like asinging bird
  • Trad. Hebridean, arr. Alan Bullard: O er the Waves Let Us Go
  • An on. 16th century, arr. Alan Bullard: Paseel agoa (Cross the water)
  • Trad. English folk song, arr. Michael Higgins: Scarborough Fair
  • Edmund Jolliffe: Spring (Soundthe Flute)
  • Andy Brooke: Stars of the summer night
  • Anon. 13th century, arr. Alan Bullard: Sumer is icumen in
  • Fanny Hensel: The Darkened Valley (Abendlich schon rauscht der Wald)
  • Trad. Irish, arr. Alan Bullard: The Gartan Mother s Lullaby
  • William H. Penn, arr. Alan Bullard: The Honeysuckle and the Bee
  • Alan Bullard: The Tiger
  • Ralph VaughanWilliams, adap. Alan Bullard: The Water Mill
  • Bob Chilcott: The Truth is Great
  • Trad. West African (Mandingo weddingprocessional), transcribed and arr. Fred Onovwerosuoke: The Way of Peace (Kayra Sillo)
  • Sarah Quartel: There alway something sings
  • Alan Bullard: Three Shakespeare Songs
  • Franz Schubert, adap. Alan Bullard: To Music (An die Musik)
  • Trad.British sea shanty, arr. Alan Bullard: Tom s gone to Hilo
  • Alan Bullard: Tread Softly
  • Trad. Dominican Republic, arr. Juan Tony Guzmán: Two Songs of Quisqueya
  • William Walton, adap. Alan Bullard: Under the greenwood tree
  • MalcolmArcher: What is the song the stars sing?
  • James Rolmaz: Where did you get that hat?
  • Charles Villiers Stanford, adap. Alan

Additional Information

Item Number: 9780193525634
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 280
Publication Date: 22/08/2019
Format: 249x174
Voices: Upper Voices - 2-part; Upper Voices - 3 parts or more; SATB; Men's Voices; SAB; Flexible
Force: Flexible voices and piano, with options for unison and two-part singing (mixed or upper/lower), SABar, & SATB
Level of difficulty: B

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