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Michael Berkeley

Easter Anthem
for SATB chorus and brass ensemble
org, 3 tpt (opt), 3 tbn (opt)
8 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-354108-5

Fanfare and National Anthem
for SSATB (or unison voices) and orchestra
2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, bn, cbn, 4 hn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, tba, timp, 2 perc (BD, clash cym, sus cym, xylo), hp, org (opt), str
5 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-362033-9

Gregorian Variations
A one-movement work in which Berkeley weaves the modes and melodies of Gregorian plainchant into his own modern and direct style. A facsimile of the composer's manuscript.
3 fl (III+picc&afl), 3 ob (III+ca), 3 cl (II+Ebcl, III+bcl), asx, 2 bn, cbn, 4 hn, 3 tpt, 2 tbn, btbn, tba, timp, 3 perc (vib, mba, xylo, glock, tbells, crotales. SD, TD, BD, w blk, tamb, cym, sus cym, gong, tri, whip, cabasa, marac, guiro), hp, pn, str
17 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-362043-8

Meditations
for string orchestra
14 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-362027-8

The Romance of the Rose
for chamber orchestra
fl (+picc), ob, cl, bn, hn, str
12 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-362056-8

Touch Light
for soprano, counter-tenor, and strings
8 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire - voices & string version 978-0-19-335285-8
for flute, violin, and strings
6 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire - instrumental version 978-0-19-335716-7

Martin Butler

Cavalcade
Cast as a concert overture, the work combines a variety of fanfare-like gestures with quieter, lyrical sections.
3 fl, 3 ob, 3 cl, 3 bn, 4 hn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, tba, timp, perc (glock, tamb, SD, mba, tam, BD, tbells, vib, slapstick, sus cym), str
8 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-362225-8
978-0-19-362224-1

Fin de Siecle
for full orchestra
2 fl (II+picc), 2 ob, 2 cl (II+ Ebcl), bn, cbn, 4 hn, 2 tpt, 3 tbn, tba, timp, 2 perc (glock, crotales, sus cym, BD), hp, str
7 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-362242-5
for brass band
8 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-362244-9

Two Little Folk Games
an arrangement of two of the 'Three Little Folk Games' from Small Change for piano
2 vln, vla, vc
5 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-355780-2

Bob Chilcott

Tandem
Tandem is designed for performance by a professional and an amateur orchestra, or a single augmented orchestra, divided in two. The work is inspired by and modelled on Handel's Concerto a due cori in F major (1747).
Two Orchestras: (a) 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, tsx (can be doubled by fl or cl), 2 bn, 2 hn, 3 tpt, 2 tbn, btbn, tba, timp, str (b) 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn, 2 hn, 2 tpt, 2 tbn, btbn, str, pn or elec pn
22 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-355836-6

George Dyson

The Canterbury Pilgrims
for soprano, tenor, and baritone soloists, SATB chorus, and full orchestra
2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn, 4 hn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, tba, timp, 2 perc (cym, BD, tri, tamb), hp (opt), org (opt), str
90 minutes
Prologue * The Knight * The Squire * The Nun * The Monk * The Clerk of Oxenford * The Haberdasher and his Fraternity the Merchant * The Sergeant of the Law * The Franklin * The Shipman * The Doctor of Physic * The Wife of Bath * The Poor Parson of a Town * L'Envoi
Vocal and instrumental scores and parts on hire 978-0-19-335847-8

Michael Finnissy

Plain Harmony
for unspecified multi-instrument ensemble (or orchestra)
Instrumentation is entirely free, one complete set of parts provided.
10 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-363210-3

Edward Harper

Chanson Minimale
Variations on a theme by Elgar
for full orchestra
2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn, 2 hn, 2 tpt, 2 tbn, timp, BD, clash cym (opt), str
6 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-364156-3

Ferdinand Herold ed. John Lanchbery

La Fille Mal Gardee (Suite)
for full orchestra
2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn, 4 hn, 2 tpt, 3 tbn, tba, timp, perc (cym, BD), hp, str
19 minutes
Dawn & Dance of Chickens * Pastorale * Clog Dance * Pas de Deux * Flute Dance * Finale
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-364306-2

Alun Hoddinott

Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra
Its fluent lyricism makes this an attractive work.
cl solo, str
14 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-364418-2

Four Welsh Dances
for full orchestra
2 fl (II+picc), 2 ob (II opt), 2 cl, 2 bn (II opt), 4 hn, 2 tpt, 3 tbn, timp, perc (cym, tri, SD, glock, tamb, tri, BD, xylo), hp, cel (opt), str
8 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire - full orchestral version 978-0-19-364457-1

Investiture Dances
for full orchestra
3 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn, cbn (opt), 4 hn, 2 tpt, 3 tbn, timp, perc (vib, glock, tamb, bongos, tam, tri, SD, bells, marac, cym, claves, sus cym), hp, str
8 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-364506-6

Gustav Holst

Lyric Movement
for solo viola and chamber orchestra
vla solo, fl, ob, cl, bn, str
10 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-364711-4
978-0-19-364710-7

Gordon Jacob

Suite for Treble Recorder and Strings
for treble recorder and string orchestra or quartet
22 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-357355-0

Constant Lambert

Aubade Heroique
for chamber orchestra
2 fl (II+picc), ob, ca, 2 cl, 2 bn, 2 hn, 2 tpt, hp, perc (SD, sus cym), str
8 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-365251-4

Dirge - Fear no more the heat o' the sun
for tenor and baritone soloists, male voice choir, and string orchestra to a text from Shakepeare's 'Cymbeline'
7 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-337297-9

King Pest, No. VI from 'Last Summer's Last Will and Testament
for full orchestra
3 fl (II&III+picc), 2 ob, ca, 2 cl, bcl, cbn, 4 hn, 3 tpt, 2 cor, 3 tbn, tba, timp, 3 perc (gong, xylo, cym, SD, TD, glock, tamb, BD, timp, tri), str
9 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-365265-1

Cecilia McDowall

Crossing the Bridge
for string orchestra
This three movement work is a string orchestra arrangement of a piece originally scored for flute orchestra. The title comes from a Haiku by the poet Alan Spence: Crossing the bridge - the other side is lost in mist. The structure of the work is itself like that of a bridge.
11 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-338686-0

Theatre of Tango
for solo violin, fl, 2 ob, 2bn, 2 hn, perc, str
Theatre of Tango begins with The Dance, which is full of rhythmic intensity and passion. This is contrasted by the haunting, spectral-like second movement, Ghost Light, in which tubular bells and plucked strings contrast with high strings and lyrical voice line. The third movement, A Tango of Time, is perhaps the most clearly underpinned by the Argentine tango. With shades of menace and ruthlessness in this movement, Time steers its course towards an inevitable end.
17 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-337887-2

Four Shakespeare Songs
for soprano and piano or string orchestra
Four Shakespeare Songs sets texts exploring different aspects of love. Using passages from various Shakespeare plays, McDowall's writing is beautiful and clever in how it reflects the moods and emotions of the various characters in the texts.
10 minutes
Conductor's score and string parts on hire 978-0-19-339282-3

Great Hills
for solo violin, 2 solo flutes & string orchestra
A pastiche on baroque techniques, this delightfully varied work is ideal for amateur orchestras. It is a concertante written as a companion piece to Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.4.
Taking its title from the poem The South Country by Hilaire Belloc, Great Hills is inspired by the locality of Shipley, the connections are not only pastoral but historic, literary, and musical (the first movement is a dedication to a Stradivarius violin belonging to an ancestral family of the town). Premiered in May 2007 at the Shipley Arts Festival.
12 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-336643-5

William Mathias

Anniversary Dances
for full orchestra
3 fl (III+ picc), 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn, cbn, 4 hn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, tba, timp, 3 perc (SD, bell, BD, tamb, cym, clash cym, tri, glock, tam, bongo, cas, w blk), hp or cel, str
23 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-365557-7

Celtic Dances
for full orchestra
2 fl (II+picc), 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn, 4 hn, 2 tpt, 3 tbn (III+btbn), tba (opt), timp, 3 perc (tam, bell, glock, sus cym, SD, tri, TD, clash cym, tamb, tabor, BD, w blk), cel, hp, str
14 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-365573-7

Dance Overture
for full orchestra
2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn, 4 hn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, tba, timp, 4 perc (glock, bell, SD, tamb, tri, w blk, clash cym, gong, sus cym), cel, str
6 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-365581-2

Laudi
for full orchestra
2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn, cbn, 4 hn, 2 tpt, 3 tbn, timp, 3 perc (glock, vib, bells, SD, MD, tri, w blk, sus cym, clash cym, timbale, bongos (mid to high), whip, tam), pn (+cel), str
14 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-365662-8

Modeste Mussorgsky ed. David Lloyd-Jones

St. John's Night on a Bare Mountain
for full orchestra
picc, 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn, 4 hn, 2 cnt, 2 trp, 4 tbn, timp, 3 perc, str
13 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-366097-7

Alan Rawsthorne

Light Music for Strings
for string orchestra based on Catalan tunes.
4 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-366998-7

Overture 'Street Corner'
for full orchestra
2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn, 4 hn, 2 tpt, 3 tbn, tba, timp, 2 perc (cym, tri, SD, xylo, tamb), str
5 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-367045-7

John Rutter

Five Meditations for Orchestra
Orchestral transcriptions of five of John Rutter's choral anthems. Please be aware that this piece is for orchestra only.
2 fl, ob, ca, 2 cl (one in A), 2 hn, hp, hpd, str
15 minutes
What sweeter music * Blow, blow, thou winter wind * Candlelight * Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace * The Lord bless you and keep you
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-367361-8

Howard Skempton

Ben Somewhen
for flute, clarinet, harp, violin, viola, 2 cellos, double bass
fl, cl, hp, vln, vla, 2 vc, db
12 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-358884-4

Chamber Concerto
for an ensemble of 15 players
fl, ob, cl, bn, hn, tpt, tbn, vib, pn, hp, 2 vln, vla, vc, db
7 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-358838-7

Concertante for Solo Violin and Strings
for solo violin and string orchestra
vln solo, str
11 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-358833-2

Concerto for Oboe and Accordion and Strings
The combination of oboe and accordion is a happy one, and Skempton comments that he 'opted for a flexible variation form rather than something more combative'.
ob solo, acc solo, str
17 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-367653-4

Lento
A single-movement work for full orchestra.
3 fl, 3 ob, ca, 3 cl, 3 bn, cbn, 4 hn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, tba, timp, str
13 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-367651-0

Piazza
A work for 14 players commissioned for the 10th anniversary of the 10/10 Ensemble, the contemporary music group of the RLPO.
fl, ob, cl, bn, hn, tpt, tbn, vib, pn, str
10 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-335907-9

Prelude for Orchestra
for full orchestra
3 fl, 3 ob, 3 cl, 4 hn, 2 tpt, 2 tbn, timp, str
8 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-367654-1

Sarabande for String Orchestra
for 11 solo strings
2 x vln I, 2 x vln II, 2 x vln III, 2 x vla, 2 x vc, 1 x db
10 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-358854-7

That Music Always Round Me
for SATB and full orchestra
2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn, 4 hn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, tba, timp, str
7 minutes
Vocal and instrumental scores and parts on hire 978-0-19-358869-1

Hilary Tann

as ferns
for string orchestra. Written for the Orchestra of Princeton University.
Strings only (vln I, vln II, vla, vc I, vc II)
9 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-385869-5

The Open Field - In memoriam Tiananmen Square
for full orchestra
picc, 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn, 2 hn, 2 tpt, 2 tbn, tba, timp, 3 perc (inc. cel), str
11 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-385853-4

Grace Williams

Fantasia on Welsh Nursery Tunes
for full orchestra
2 fl (II+picc), 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn, 4 hn, 2 tpt, 2 tbn, btbn, timp, 2 perc (SD, glock, tri, tamb, clash cym), hp, str
11 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-368849-0

Penillion
for full orchestra
2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn, 4 hn (2 opt), 2 tpt, 3 tbn, timp, perc (cym, SD, glock, cast), hp, str
14 minutes
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-368881-0

Sea Sketches
for string orchestra
17 minutes
High Wind * Saling Song * Channel Sirens * Breakers * Calm Sea in Summer
Conductor's score and parts on hire 978-0-19-368884-1 


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