This easy 4 part round also works beautifully with a sung or instrumental drone. It’s part of the Raven song cycle and the text is by Tony Bonning.

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Hymn to the Sun and Moon

Tony Bonning wrote the beautiful words for this song which was originally part of The Raven song cycle. I’m a huge admirer of his writing – elegantly simple but with strong imagery. The song is a favourite with community choirs. It’s quite crunchy and dissonant with all 4 parts – for a simpler version I teach it with soprano, alto and  either the tenor or the bass.

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This Great Sky

This was part of a commission from Sian Croose’s wonderful choir Big Sky in Norwich. The commissions theme was Land, Sea and Air and composers were invited to write 3 pieces on that theme and evoking East Anglia. Over the years it’s been recorded by several choirs and sung at many celebration and funerals as it evokes a strong sense of place and our place in the cycle of life.

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