1953

O praise God in his holiness (A Psalm for Coronation Year), Psalm 150
1953
Two, three or four part chorus SA or TB or SAB or SATB, with full orchestra or
medium orchestra
         or strings and piano
OUP 1953 vocal score (‘orchestral material available on hire’ for all three versions)
‘Specially written for the 1953 Festival of the Federation of Essex Women’s Institutes in
honour of the
Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.’
See Church Music p. 22

Chorus and Orchestra

The High Adventure, Op 136
April 1953
Cantata for mixed chorus and orchestra: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns,
2 trumpets,3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, piano, strings
Words by Benedict Ellis
1. The Golden Hind (Which of the Kings of this land before Her Majesty), SATB
2.Pastoral (England, her very name is home and anchorage), SSA
OUP 1954 vocal score (strings and piano, optional timpani) [BL: F217n37]    S
ee
Part Songs – with piano p. 38
3. The Battles of Britain (1588-1940) (Who wants the Rose must have the Thorn),
TB & SATB
4. Finale (Chorale) (How good to be alive), SATB See Part Songs – with piano p. 39
‘This Great Hour’
B–P Library, Bag Bi: MS, ink, dated, 81 pages, printed text, title pages
Duration: about 33’
OUP 1955 vocal score and chorus parts [BL: F1267kk3], Goodmusic 2004 vocal score,
full score and parts available on hire

First performance 6 May 1956 at Albert Hall for National Festival of Schools Music

 

O praise God in his holiness (A Psalm for Coronation Year) Psalm 150
1953
Two–part chorus for SA or TB with piano
OUP 1953 [Oxford Choral Songs No. 2230] [BL: F177a]
SA or TB or SAB or SATB with organ [BL: E442w32]
OUP 1957 in The Oxford Easy Anthem Book
Written for The Federation of Women’s Institutes for 1953 Festival
See Chorus and Orchestra p. 17

The Lord’s Prayer
1953
Unison or SAB with piano accompaniment
OUP 1953 [BL: E602yy9]

 

Five Elizabethan Lyrics
*1953
Part–songs for SATB
1. Devotion; Words Anonymous (Fain would I change that note)
2. Fidele; Words by Shakespeare (Fear no more the heat o’ the sun)
3. Matin Song; Words by Thomas Heywood (Pack clouds away and welcome day)
4. How can the heart forget her? Words Anonymous (How can the heart forget her?)
5. A Lover’s Song; Words by William Browne (For her gait, if she be walking)
OUP 1954 [Oxford Choral Songs x 3–7, published separately] [BL: F1777m]
OUP 1994 Nos. 1 and 4 in English Pastoral Partsongs, selected by Paul Spicer

 

Brother James’ Air (The Lord’s my shepherd)
1953
Melody by James Leith Macbeth Bain
Arrangement for chorus of sopranos, altos (optional) and baritones with piano accompaniment
Words by Francis Rous (1579-1659) revised for Scottish Psalter (1650), paraphrase of Psalm 23
OUP 1953 [Oxford Choral Songs No. 2005] [BL: F1777a]

 

Mr.Cornelius
February 1953
Romantic opera in one Act
Soloists and flute, oboe, 2 clarinets, alto saxophone, bassoon, 2 horns, timpani, triangle,
piano, strings
Words by Ainslie Ellis
B–P Library, Box 3: MS, full score and vocal score, ink, dated
Bag Diii: MS, vocal score of separate numbers, pencil and ink, some dated in
autumn 1952
Unpublished

See Orchestral – small orchestra p. 48 ‘The cat and the wedding cake’ and ‘Mediterranean’

 

The Cat and the Wedding Cake, from operetta Mr. Cornelius
4-5  February 1953
for small orchestra: flute, oboe, 2 clarinets, alto saxophone, bassoon, 2 horns, timpani,
triangle, strings and piano
B–P Library, Box 1: MS, full score, 16 pages, piano conductor, ink, dated, copyist’s parts
for violin 1,
and trumpet and trombone as alternatives to the 2 horns
Box 5: MS, full score, 14 pages, piano conductor 5 pages, dated, parts for trumpet
and trombone
Duration: 3’
Boosey & Hawkes 1955 piano conductor and parts [BL: h3210i329]
See Stage and Screen p. 45

Mediterranean, from operetta Mr.Cornelius
1953
Slow valse for small orchestra: flute, oboe, 2 clarinets, alto saxophone, bassoon, 2 horns,
(or trumpet, trombone for horns), timpani, triangle, strings and piano
B–P Library, Box 3: MS, full score
Duration: 3’30’’
Boosey & Hawkes 1956 piano conductor and parts [BL: h3210i330]
See Stage and Screen p. 45

 

Dale and Fell
1953
Suite for string orchestra (violin 3 = viola) with piano
1. Prelude: The Beck Climb, 3’
2. Rest at Noon, 2’30’’
3. Over the High Fells, 3’30’’
B–P Library, Box 2: MS, piano conductor, ink, printer’s copy, 15 pages and title page,
and violin 3 in pencil
Duration: 9’
Boosey & Hawkes 1954 piano conductor and parts [BL: h3210i235]
Dedicated to the Westmorland Orchestra