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The Music

Each of the collections below includes full words and music, together with background and performance notes.  Original compositions or arrangements are by Norman Richardson.  Some arrangements include keyboard accompaniments; others are a cappella.  

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Further Information on each Publication

BY STARLIGHT: Christmas Songs for Choirs

       8 carols – original music or arrangements: 

BY STARLIGHT (original words & music)

BEFORE THE PALING OF THE STARS (words by Christina Rossetti)

IL EST NÉ (Born is He) (traditional French – in French & English)

THE VIRGIN’S LULLABY (16th century words)

MARY’S SONG (words by Charles Causley)

LOVE CAME DOWN AT CHRISTMAS (words by Christina Rossetti)

STAY, MY CHILD (words by Anna Briggs)

THAT BABY (original words & music)


AS I HEAR THE SWEET LARK SING: Irish Songs for Choirs

      8 songs from Irish sources in original arrangements:

THE LARK IN THE CLEAR AIR  (words by Sir Samuel Ferguson) 

DOWN BY THE SALLEY GARDENS (words by W B Yeats)

DANNY BOY (Londonderry Air)   (words by Frederic Weatherly)

MY SINGING BIRD (words by Edith Wheeler)

CARRICKFERGUS (traditional lyrics)

WILL YOU GO, LASSIE, GO? (Wild Mountain Thyme) (Scottish/Irish lyrics) 

MAY THE ROAD RISE TO MEET YOU (words & music by Roger Courtney) 

AN IRISH BLESSNG (original words & music)

INSTRUMENT OF PEACE: Songs of Peace for Choirs

      Songs and chants on peace themes – original music or arrangements:

LORD, MAKE ME AN INSTRUMENT OF YOUR PEACE (Franciscan-inspired words)

LOVE WITHOUT FRONTIERS (original words & music)

TO MERCY, PITY, PEACE AND LOVE (words by William Blake)

DEEP PEACE (words by Fiona McLeod)

PRAYER FOR PEACE (2 versions) (words adapted from the Upanishads)

PAIDIR SÍOCHÁNA (Prayer for Peace in Irish)

PEACE CHANTS: 

Dona Nobis Pacem

Da Pacem Domine

Peace I Leave  

Light of the World 

Blessed are the Peacemakers

INVOCATION: IN ALL THINGS, PEACE (original words & music)

THE PEACE OF GOD – A BLESSING (words from the Bible)

THE RAINBOW SONG  

A Song to Celebrate Differences​

For solo/unison voices

A peace song for children

    • Other collections are in preparation. 

    • Instrumental parts for several of the songs can be hired for a small fee.  Please enquire for details.

    • Some individual songs not included in the above collections will be made available as PDF files.

 

Available Collections

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INSTRUMENT OF PEACE: Songs of Peace for Choirs

Songs and chants on peace themes – original music or arrangements

AS I HEAR THE SWEET LARK SING: Irish Songs for Choirs

8 songs from Irish sources in original arrangements

BY STARLIGHT: Christmas Songs for Choirs

8 carols – original music or arrangements

THE RAINBOW SONG

A Song to Celebrate Differences