Greenery

Sheena Phillips
Sheena has just moved back to the London area after 15 years working in the USA as a choral director and composer. She was a founder member of Rudsambee Company of Singers in Edinburgh, and directed the group for six years. In Columbus, Ohio, she was Artistic Director of the Magpie Consort, Artistic Co-Director of the Columbus Women's Chorus, Director of the Women's Chorale at Otterbein University and Director of Music at Summit on 16th United Methodist Church. She also served as Repertoire & Standards Chair for Community Choirs in the Ohio Choral Directors Association.

As a composer, Sheena has enjoyed commissions and performances by many different ensembles, including Canty and Cappella Nova (Scotland), the National Youth Choir of Scotland, the New Amsterdam Singers (NYC), Voices of Ascension (NYC), the Lancaster Chorale (Ohio), VOICES (New Jersey), the Princeton Singers (New Jersey), Seattle Pro Musica, Columbus Public Art (Ohio), the Peninsula Women's Chorus (California), Chicago A Cappella, Amasong (Champaign-Urbana, Illinois), Sang Scule (Scotland), First Congregational Church (Columbus, Ohio), the Columbus Women's Chorus, Windsong (Cleveland, Ohio), Columbus Alternative High School (Ohio), the Magpie Consort, Vancouver Gaelic Choir (Canada), and numerous other church, college, children's and community choirs.

Recent awards for composing include finalist in the 2014 American Prize for Choral Composition, a winner of the 2013 Sorel Medallion Prize for Choral Composition (NYC), and a winner of the 2012 Welcome Christmas Carol Contest sponsored by VocalEssence (Minneapolis) and the American Composers Forum.  

Sheena has a web site at www.sheenaphillips.com

Number,
voicing
Title,
complexity
Description,
links
Price Band
1003
SATB
*
'Sleep I can get nane, for thinkin on my dearie...' A simple setting of Burns' plaintive song of sorrow and night wakefulness. 2m 40s see ithear a recording
Music: 17th c. anon. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
Pronunciation guide included
B
1005
SATB
*
'Up in the morning early's no for me' - especially when it's a cold, cold wind that blows. A brisk wintry song with a folk feel. This little tune won a prize at a composition contest for settings of Robert Burns! 1m 40s see ithear a recording
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
Pronunciation guide included.
B
1006
SATB
**
“The darg is owre and the day is düne”. The day's work is done, and all the nodding heads are weary. Gentle rhythms and an overarching melodic line make a lovely setting of this charmingly alliterative poem in the Scots tongue. 2m 00s see ithear a recording
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: William Soutar (1898-1943).
Glossary and pronunciation guide included.
B
1007
SATB divisi
***
'Hush ye my baby and sleep without fear, Dream Angus has brought you a dream, my dear.' A rich and atmospheric setting of a gorgeous traditional lullaby. 2m 30s see ithear a recording
Music: trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
Pronunciation guide included.
C
1023
SATB
**
A piece of sheer fun, imagining in music those dense clouds of hungry hovering midgies with whom visitors to North West Scotland will be familiar. Watch out for the soprano supermidge. 1m 10s see ithear a recording
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: .
B
1024
SATB
**
Yes, it has verses, good ones too! There is more to Burns' famous song of enduring friendship than its well-known first twenty-odd words. It's traditional for Hogmanay (New Year), but it can (and should) be sung at any time of year. 4m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
Glossary and pronunciation guide included.
B
1028
SATB with sop. solo
**
This through-composed arrangement is a delightful setting of a plangent text, with interest in every voice part. Winter has ended, but the poet's mind runs on the constancy of a woman's love and the wanderings of a man's. 2m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796).
B
1035
SATB
*
“Harvest the light of the moon to make yourself a gown”. Create a spellbound interlude with this gem of a Scots poem, given beautiful musical lines and harmonies. 1m 30s see ithear a recording
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: William Soutar (1898-1943).
Pronunciation guide included
B
1040
SATB, solo T/Bar
**
A delightful new English language version of the well-known Mairi's wedding, more faithful to the meaning of John Bannerman's original Gaelic lyric. 2m 00s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Peter Hill & Sheena Phillips.
B
1501
SATB
*
A lovely slow and heartfelt song, widely known as the Eriskay Love Lilt, or by its anglicised refrain - ' ver mi o, ro van o'. 2m 30s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
Pronunciation guide included
B
1502
SATB with SSA divisi verses
**
The song of a broken-hearted girl, waiting for the boatman who will probably never return. A beautiful lilting traditional tune. 4m 00s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
Pronunciation guide included
C
1503-6
SATB
**
This is a set consisting of the 4 pieces listed below.
4m 20s hear a recording
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
Pronunciation guide included
D
1503
SATB
*
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
'I have a wife, a stream, a lump of white soap and a filthy shirt. How can I get it clean by tomorrow so I can go out?' Traditional port-a-beul (mouth music). 0m 55s (sung twice through) see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
Pronunciation guide included
A
1504
SATB
*
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
'I heard it from three people'. Traditional port-a-beul (mouth music). 0m 40s (sung three times through) see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
Pronunciation guide included
A
1505
SATB
**
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Skinny Donald wears a long coat and short trousers, and it's about time his hair saw a comb. Traditional port-a-beul (mouth music). 1m 00s (sung twice through) see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
Pronunciation guide included
A
1506
SATB
*
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
'I was born and brought up on the beautiful Isle of Islay'. Traditional port-a-beul (mouth music). 1m 40s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
Pronunciation guide included
A
1507-9
SATB
**
This is a set consisting of the 3 pieces listed below.
3m 00s
Music: Sheena Phillips & Peter Hill. Words: Trad. Anon.
Pronunciation guide included
C
1508
SATB
**
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Neil plans to wear out some shoe-leather when his eagle-eyed mum goes away on her travels. Trad., from the Campbell family of Greepe on the Isle of Skye. 1m 00s (sung twice through) see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
Pronunciation guide included
A
1509
SATB
*
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
He'd love to go off with the tall tailoress, but unfortunately he has an extremely unpleasant wife to dispose of first! Trad. 0m 50s (sung twice through) see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
Pronunciation guide included
A
1510
SATB, solo T/Bar
**
'My heart's love; fair-haired Mary.' The original Gaelic version of the delightful Lewis Bridal Song, also known as Mairi's Wedding. This setting is also available with a new English translation. 2m 00s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: John Bannerman.
Gaelic pronunciation guide included
B
1511-3
SATB
**
This is a set consisting of the 3 pieces listed below.
3m 30s hear a recording
Music: Sheena Phillips & Peter Hill. Words: Trad. Anon.
Pronunciation guide included
C
1511
SATB
*
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
The old shepherd enjoys a drink and has to be put to bed. Traditional port-a-beul (mouth music). 1m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
Pronunciation guide included
A
1512
SATB
*
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
'If I had threepence I'd spend it on drink, if I had sixpence I'd try getting married'. Traditional port-a-beul (mouth music). 0m 40s (sung three times) see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
Pronunciation guide included
A
1514
SAB
*
A rhythmic and alliterative Gaelic carol with a rousing chorus about the bannock (oatcakes traditionally baked on Christmas Eve to give to children going from door to door) and verses that endearingly describe the Christ child. 1m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Gaelic.
Pronunciation guide included
B
1515
SAB
*
A beautiful and simple Hebridean Gaelic carol, which addresses the Christ child with the most gorgeous and endearing words.
Supplied with both the original Gaelic words and modern English words.
3m 30s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Gaelic.
Spoken audio and IPA pronunciation guides, and translation, included.
B
1519
SAA
*
'I was born and brought up on the beautiful Isle of Islay'. Traditional port-a-beul (mouth music). 1m 40s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
Pronunciation guide included
A
1522
SAA
*
'I have a wife, a stream, a lump of white soap and a filthy shirt. How can I get it clean by tomorrow so I can go out?' Traditional port-a-beul (mouth music). 1m 20s (sung three times through) see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
Pronunciation guide included
A
2006
SATB
**
Beautiful Maori love song (words in Maori) originating in army camps in Auckland in World War 1. “The waves at Waiapu are agitated. Cross over, girl, and they will be calm.” Supplied in both 3/4 and 4/4 versions. 2m 00s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: 20th C. Maori love song.
full pronunciation guide included
C
2015-7
3 or 4 part equal or mixed voices
**
This is a set consisting of the 3 pieces listed below.
In November 1832, Jane Chattock opened a small music manuscript book and wrote her name on the flyleaf. She then copied a collection of favourite rounds into it, and got her friends to add more in their own hand. We know nothing more of Jane, but her book came to light in an Edinburgh second-hand book shop in 1982 and now lets us see what amused a little group of social singers in the years around the accession of Queen Victoria. 5 — 6m
Music: Sheena Phillips (ed.). Words: Anon.
C
2015
3 or 4 part equal or mixed voices
**
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Each line of this cheerful and raucous round forms a competing set of street market cries: “fine parsnips”, “fruit in abundance”, etc. Dramatic interpretations encouraged! 2m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Dr. Stevenson, ed. Sheena Phillips. Words: Anon.
A
2016
3 or 4 part equal or mixed voices
**
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
This mischievous round is a lesson for apprentices in business: often borrow, seldom lend, and never, never, never pay. 1m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips (ed.). Words: Anon.
A
2017
3 or 4 part equal or mixed voices
**
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Lovers take note. This round sets out in praise of love, but foresees a lamentable end: six squalling brats and a scolding jade. 1m 25s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips (ed.). Words: Anon.
A
2019
SATB
**
(Words in Croatian). 'If I had wings like a bird, I would fly to you every night my dove'...An intense, heartfelt song about being separated from loved ones. 2m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Croatian.
Pronunciation guide included
B
2021
SATB
**
(Words in French dialect). A simple and gently flowing lullaby from the Massif Central region of France. Suitable for small chamber choir or larger ensemble. 2m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
Pronunciation guide included
B
2022
SATB
**
“The water is wide, I cannot get o'er”. A song about love as wished for and as experienced. One of the gems of English folklore, in a fine arrangement.. 3m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
B
2032
SATB, optional soprano recorder & violin
**
“I've been a-rambling all the night ...” A foot-stomping folk-style arrangement, with optional soprano recorder and violin parts to spice things up further. 2m 00s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. English.
C
2034
SAA
**
Beautiful Maori love song (words in Maori) originating in army camps in Auckland in World War 1. “The waves at Waiapu are agitated. Cross over, girl, and they will be calm.” 2m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: 20th C. Maori love song.
full pronunciation guide included
B
2035
TBB
**
Beautiful Maori love song (words in Maori) originating in army camps in Auckland in World War 1. “The waves at Waiapu are agitated. Cross over, girl, and they will be calm.” 2m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: 20th C. Maori love song.
full pronunciation guide included
B
2037
SATB
**
A New World lullaby arranged for soloist and echoing chorus. 2m 30s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Traditional.
C
2038
TBarB
**
A catchy patter song from the Van district (once in Armenia, now part of Turkey). Easy ranges for changing voices. 2m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. (vocables).
Pronunciation guide included
C
2039
SATB, optional guitar, percussion
*
A quickly learnable traditional Chanukah song to add to your holiday collection. 1m 50s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Jewish.
A
2040-45
TBB, piano
**
This is a set consisting of the 6 pieces listed below.
Shanties (or chanteys) were an essential part of the rhythm of life and work on board ship.   Here are six of these tuneful, humorous and vigorous songs for male voices. 15m 00s
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
G
2040
TBB, piano
**
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
First in the set is the rousing Santiana, popular both as a pumping shanty and as a capstan shanty, loosely based on events in the Mexican-American war of the mid-19th century. 2m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
B
2041
TBB, piano
**
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Second in the set is Blood red roses, a long haul shanty with pairs of rising and falling phrases and a colourful refrain. 2m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
B
2042
TBB, piano
**
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Boney is a cheerful and scathing narrative of Napoleon's adventures in Europe and his eventual defeat at the hands of the British. 2m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
B
2043
TBB, piano
**
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Less well known than some of the others in the set, The dead horse was a ceremonial shanty, traditionally sung after 30 days at sea, when the effigy of a dead horse (representing the first month's labour) would be given a sea burial. 2m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
B
2044
TBB, piano
**
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
All for me grog (also known as Across the Western ocean) is a delightfully rambling grumble about worn boots, torn clothes, lack of sleep, lack of money and other privations of life on board ship. 2m 45s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
B
2045
TBB, piano
**
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Rounding off the set is the shanty traditionally sung while pumping the ship dry at the end of a voyage. 3m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
B
2046
5 mixed/equal voices
**
A round about singing from the 19th century American singing school tradition 2 – 3m (flexible) see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: P P Bliss. Words: P P Bliss.
C
2050
SATB
***
A contemporary take on the 16th century English song of unrequited love, using three of the original verses. 2m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Anon., adapted.
B
2051
SATB
**
A dreamy Hungarian wedding song supplied both in English and in Hungarian. 2m 45s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Hungarian, English paraphrase by Sheena Phillips.
C
2055-57
TBarB, piano
**
This is a set consisting of the 3 pieces listed below.
Three songs from - or about - the days of cattle ranching and long-distance droving in the 19th century American west. Premiered by the changed voices section of the National Boys Choir of Scotland. 10m 00s
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. American and Omar Barker.
F
2055
TBarB, piano
**
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A song about the ranching life: long hours and bad food! 2m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
C
2056
TBarB, piano
**
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A retelling of the famous ballad, collected by Alan Lomax, of gunfighter and outlaw Billy the Kid. 2m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
C
2057
TBarB, piano
**
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Nostalgia for a way of life and work long gone but not forgotten. 3m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Omar Barker (1894-1985).
C
3003
SATB
**
A poem of human injustice by William Blake (1757-1827), still relevant today. A very moving setting by Sheena Phillips. 2m 30s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: William Blake.
B
3005
SATB
***
A lilting (in 7/8 time) and loosely woven blend of a Bengali song about “the way of life” with a text from 2 Esdras 14. “I shall light a candle of understanding in thine heart, which shall not be put out”. Words in Bengali and English. 3m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. Bengali arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Bengali and 2 Esdras 14.
Pronunciation guide included
C
3007-11
SATB
***
This is a set consisting of the 5 pieces listed below.
Sheena Phillips' settings of five exquisite poems by Emily Dickinson. See individual titles for details. 5m 00s
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Emily Dickinson.
E
3007
SATB
***
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
1m 20s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Emily Dickinson.
A
3008
SATB
***
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
0m 50s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Emily Dickinson.
A
3009
SATB
***
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
1m 10s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Emily Dickinson.
A
3010
SATB
***
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
1m 10s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Emily Dickinson.
A
3011
SATB
***
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
0m 45s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Emily Dickinson.
A
3012
SSAAA
***
'Sweet smiles, in the night, hover over my delight...' A mother tenderly wishes sweet dreams for her happy child. Words by William Blake from 'A Cradle Song', lilting 5/4 arrangement by Sheena Phillips. 3m 00s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: William Blake.
C
3013
SATB
**
'Take my hand and we'll walk on together...' A wedding song with a difference, looking to the strength that can come from going through bad times as well as good times. Words: Peter Hill, music: Sheena Phillips. 2m 55s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Peter Hill.
B
3016
SATB
**
A bright, uplifting song for all those who know it will all work out right in the end. Words: Peter Hill, music: Sheena Phillips. 2m 00s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Peter Hill.
B
3017
SATB
**
'Let my shadow disappear into yours. Let me lose myself under the tall trees,'...the magical and sensuous moment of twilight, when everything seems to soften and fade into everything else. Words in Swedish. 1m 20s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Pär Lagerkvist (1891-1974).
Pronunciation guide included
B
3019
SATB, optional flute & violin
**
Rural China from the perspective of the crane bird in flight, taking in all the life below. Spare harmonies and octave doublings by the accompanying instruments give the piece a distinctive timbre, evocative of Chinese music without being authentically so.

Also available for SSA chorus and piano with optional flute and violin.
3m 45s (4m 30s with intro.) see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Edwina Towson.
C
3021
SATB
***
A mesmeric depiction of the ceaseless rhythm of the earth's journey through space, based on a chant of unknown origin. Music: Sheena Phillips. 4m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Anon.
B
3022
SATB
**
A spell-binding fairy charm and lullaby from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. 1m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616).
B
3024
SATB
**
A lively and passionate spring song from Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. 1m 30s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616).
B
3036
SATB
**
A wonderful renaissance text about love given a lilting and harmonious setting. Great wedding piece. 1m 45s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Philip Sidney.
C
3037
SA, organ
**
Traditional Irish blessings in a lovely arrangement for treble voices that would grace any wedding. 2m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
B
3038
SAA
**
A wonderful renaissance text about love given a lilting and harmonious setting. Great wedding piece. 1m 45s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Philip Sidney.
C
3039
TBB
**
A wonderful renaissance text about love given a lilting and harmonious setting. Great wedding piece. 1m 45s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Philip Sidney.
C
3040
SSAA
***
A lilting (in 7/8 time) and loosely woven blend of a Bengali song about “the way of life” with a text from 2 Esdras 14. “I shall light a candle of understanding in thine heart, which shall not be put out”. Words in Bengali and English. 3m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. Bengali arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Bengali and 2 Esdras 14.
Pronunciation guide included
C
3042
SSAA
**
This is a set consisting of the 3 pieces listed below.
Three 18th c. rounds by Caldara and Telemann arranged and given new lyrics about … knitting! 4m 30s see it
Music: Antonio Caldara and Georg Philip Telemann arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Sheena Phillips.
C
3042a
SSAA
**
This is included in the set listed above. It is not sold as an individual piece.
1m 10s hear a MIDI rendering
Music: Antonio Caldara (1670 — 1736) arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Sheena Phillips.
3042b
SSAA
**
This is included in the set listed above. It is not sold as an individual piece.
1m 45s hear a recording
Music: Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 — 1767) arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Sheena Phillips.
3042c
SSAA
**
This is included in the set listed above. It is not sold as an individual piece.
1m 20s hear a recording
Music: Antonio Caldara (1670 — 1736) arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Sheena Phillips.
3044
SATB
**
A quiet song of remembrance, written in memoriam Jill Sumner (1941 - 2001) 2m 15s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Norman MacCaig.
C
3045
SSA
***
This is a set consisting of the 3 pieces listed below.
Three contrasting Emily Dickinson settings, by turns impulsive, wishful, wondering and definite. Premiered by Canty, female voices of Cappella Nova of Scotland. 4m 30s
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Emily Dickinson.
F
3045a
SSA
***
This is included in the set listed above. It is not sold as an individual piece.
Babbling brook, cascading river, impassive sea and the poet’'s desire for union are all portrayed here. 1m 20s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Emily Dickinson.
3045b
SSA
***
This is included in the set listed above. It is not sold as an individual piece.
A portrayal of the ever-shifting and apparently infinite sea. 1m 40s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Emily Dickinson.
3045c
SSA
***
This is included in the set listed above. It is not sold as an individual piece.
The headlong excitement of an ‘inland soul’ on first going to sea. 1m 20s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Emily Dickinson.
4002
SATB
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You can hear the swirling snow and moaning wind in this atmospheric setting of the first two stanzas of Rossetti's famous Christmas poem. 3m 30s see ithear a recording
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Christina Rossetti (1830-94).
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4005
SSAB
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A glorious a cappella fanfare — or a peal of vocal bells — to open a Christmas concert. 1m 15s see ithear a recording
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
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4019
SATB
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A quiet and lovely arrangement of the 19th century carol, with mildly dissonant harmonies. 2m 30s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: William Chatterton Dix (1837 – 1898).
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4021
SATB recorder & drum
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A lively pipe and drum carol, as sung traditionally in France on Christmas Eve, arranged with panache in a fresh English translation. 1m 30s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. French.
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4022
SATB & folk harp
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A charming German carol (in English translation) from the tradition of cradle-rocking Christmas services, simply arranged for SATB chorus and folk harp. 2m 30s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Martin Shaw (1875 – 1958) (based on the original German).
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4023
SATB, optional guitar and/or treble instrument
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“Now the holly bears a berry ...”: a sturdy folk carol from Cornwall (S W England) listing the different colours of the holly berry as it ripens, and relating them to the story of Jesus. 2m 40s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Cornish.
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4024
SATB & guitar
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A charming traditional carol about the visit of the shepherds, arranged in folk style with simple harmonies. Words in French. 2m 30s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. French.
Translation and pronunciation guide provided.
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4025
SATB
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A swinging arrangement of the well known carol, for SATB voices a cappella. An ideal opener or encore for your carol concert. 2m 00s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: J M Neale (1818 – 1866), based on the original German and Latin.
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4064
TTB
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This is a set consisting of the 2 pieces listed below.
Two strong carols for a cappella male voices, in the harmonious Welsh plygain tradition. 5m 00s
Music: Trad. Welsh, arr./transcribed Sheena Phillips. Words: English, based on the original Welsh.
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4057
TTB
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This is included in the set listed above. It is not sold as an individual piece.
A strong carol for a cappella male voices, in the harmonious Welsh plygain tradition. 3m 00s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. Welsh melody, arranged by Sheena Phillips. Words: English by K.E.Roberts (1877-1962), based on the original Welsh.
4058
TTB
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This is included in the set listed above. It is not sold as an individual piece.
A strong carol for a cappella male voices, in the harmonious Welsh plygain tradition. 2m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. Welsh, transcribed (with permission) by Sheena Phillips. Words: English by Sheena Phillips, based on the original Welsh.
4065
children's voices with piano
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This is a set consisting of the 2 pieces listed below.
Two contrasting and easy carols for treble voices and piano: the first, quiet and dreamy, the second, joyful and energetic. Jean Kenward (lyrics) is a widely published poet of verse for children. Suitable for beginner choirs. Revised edition (2012). 4m 00s
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Jean Kenward (1920–).
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4006
children (unison) and piano
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This is included in the set listed above. It is not sold as an individual piece.
“Will the tree be dressed and lit?” “Will the star be in the sky?” Images of candles and quietly sung Alleluias form the backdrop for a series of hushed but excited questions about Christmas. Revised edition (2012). 2m 20s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Jean Kenward (1920–).
4009
children, unison with optional harmony & piano
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This is included in the set listed above. It is not sold as an individual piece.
“Pull the bells until they ring! Let the people dance and sing!” A joyful song with easy (and optional) harmonies and a catchy rhythm. Revised edition (2012). 1m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Jean Kenward (1920–).
4071
SSAA
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Lively arrangement of a traditional wassail song from Yorkshire in the North of England — with a barrage of trumpets in the last chorus! 2m 50s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. English.
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4072
TTBB
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A glorious a cappella fanfare — or a peal of vocal bells — to open a Christmas concert. 1m 30s see ithear a recording
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
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4077
SATB, optional guitar
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An intimate setting of Rossetti's famous words, and a favourite with audiences and singers. 2m 30s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Christina Rossetti (1830 — 1894).
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4078
TTBB
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Lively arrangement of a traditional wassail song from Yorkshire in the North of England — with a barrage of trumpets in the last chorus! 2m 50s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. English.
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4079
SA & piano
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Gentle arrangement of the traditional French carol, with dreamy interludes. 3m 10s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. French.
Pronunciation guide included; also alternative lyrics in English.
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5001
SATB divisi
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'Aurora rutilat lucis prenuncia...' ('Dawn glows red, heralding daylight'). Atmospheric and soaring setting of a text honouring the 6th century Scottish St Columba, based on a Medieval plainchant. 3m 20s see ithear a recording
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: From the Inchcolm Antiphoner.
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5003
SATB
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A new jazz setting that builds up from quiet 5-part harmony in verse 1 to a rollicking finale of tune, descant, and two decorative jazz lines above a ground of tenor and bass. Guaranteed crowd pleaser. 3m 00s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: John Newton.
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5004
SATB
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A Shaker 'gift song', received by Addah Z Potter in 1838. 0m 45s (sung once through) see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Anon.
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5005
SAB
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Shaker song with a driving energy, dating from the New Lebanon community of 1844. 1m 30s (sung once through) see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: .
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5006
SAB
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'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free ... One of the most famous Shaker songs, written by Joseph Brackett in 1848 as a dance song. 0m 30s (sung once through) see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Anon.
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5007
SATB
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'My angels are sounding their trumpets to waken the sleepers around. There's no time for doubting...'A stirring Maine Shaker song of conviction. 0m 45s (sung once through) see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Anon.
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5008
SAB
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“O brighter than the morning star is the heart that's pure and free”. A wonderful soaring Shaker hymn from Ohio. 2m 00s (sung once through) see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Anon.
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5025
SATB & descant
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A Palestinian prayer for peace. Words in Arabic and in English translation by Fred Kaan. A possible sequence of verses (English, Arabic, with or without descant, etc) is suggested, but feel free to devise your own. 1m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Arabic, trans. Fred Kaan.
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5026
SATB
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A well known Jewish song about how good it is to live in harmony, based on words from Psalm 133, in a simple but effective arrangement. Words in Hebrew and in English translation. 1m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: from Psalm 133.
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5039
SAB
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A strong dance tune from the Shaker community in Connecticut, sung to vocables. 2m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Anon. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Sheena Phillips.
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5040
SATB
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A classic American hymn and anthem to singing. 4m 00s see ithear a recording
Music: Robert Lowry arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Pauline T..
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6001-3
children's chorus & piano
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This is a set consisting of the 3 pieces listed below.
William Soutar was dedicated to the Scots language and wrote many delightful poems for children. This suite of three contrasting and colourful songs depicts a graveyard hooligan, a sad princess, and a clunking old windmill. Premiered by the National Boys Choir of Scotland. 4m 00s
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: William Soutar (1898-1943).
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6001
Treble unison chorus & piano
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This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
“Muckle” is Scots for big, and the song portrays a giant who cavorts around in a graveyard. 0m 40s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: William Soutar (1898-1943).
Glossary and pronunciation guide included.
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6002
SA chorus & piano
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This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A vignette of a dreamy and tearful princess stuck in a tower. 1m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: William Soutar (1898-1943).
Glossary and pronunciation guide included.
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6003
SA chorus & piano
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This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
The “auld man” standing on a hill is a windmill, whose labours are accompanied by an infectiously playful jazz piano part. A fun piece for a children's choir that can handle a few jazz accidentals. 1m 45s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: William Soutar (1898-1943).
Glossary and pronunciation guide included.
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6007
SSA, piano, optional flute & violin
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Rural China from the perspective of the crane bird in flight, taking in all the life below. Spare harmonies and octave doublings by the accompanying instruments give the piece a distinctive timbre, evocative of Chinese music without being authentically so.

Also available for SATB with optional flute and violin.
4m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Edwina Towson.
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6011
children (unison) & handbells or chimes
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An English translation of a beautiful traditional Hebridean lullaby to the Christ Child, set for unison treble voices (or soli) and handbell choir. 3m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Peter Hill & Sheena Phillips, based on the original Gaelic.
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