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Browse Pieces by Nigel and Helen Williams
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As 2020 is marked by an extended period of restrictions on the size of ensembles, please consider three pieces that may be performed with a piano and two singers:
Nunc dimittis (alto and soprano)
How can it be? (high and low voices)
Safe and Sound (alto and baritone or high and low)
  • Angel Musician by Helen Williams
  • Bring Peace, by Helen Williams
  • Heron and Vine, by Helen Williams
Love is the Key - Helen Williams SATB communion motet, words by Christina Rossetti. Suitable all year but with references to Easter and St Peter.
Responses - Helen Grainger SATB, written for St Peter's College, Oxford.
Great is Your Faithfulness - Helen Williams. Baritone solo, with organ and SATB, words from Lamentations 2 & 3, written for Passiontide. Available as part of Volume 1 of Anthology of Sacred Music by Women Composers. Please contact Multitude of Voyces in the first instance.
He Will Teach Us His Ways - Helen Williams. SATB with organ, S & B soli, words from Psalm 121 and Micah 4, for ordinary time, Remembrance or Advent Sunday.
St Martin's Vision - Helen Williams double SATB with optional tambour, words from Matthew's gospel, for themes of charity or St Martin's day.
Psalm Chants - Helen Williams SATB, written before and after marriage.
How Can It Be? - Helen Williams. Upper and lower voices, simple hymn anthem on a theme of calling.
Beloved -  Helen Williams. Eight-part unaccompanied anthem with tenor solo. For weddings and from Easter to summertime.
Missa Cantoris - Helen Williams solo voice and organ, written in 2020 when only solo singing was permitted.
Thus Far Did I Come - Helen Williams SATB, words by John Bunyan, for Lent, especially Passiontide.
Mary's Whys - Helen Williams. SATB with organ and descant, words by Sarah Lutton, music by Helen Williams, written for Mothering Sunday. Also works in Advent and at Annunciation.
Light Shineth in Darkness - Helen Williams. SATB with viola or 'cello, words from John 1, Tyndale's translation. From Advent to Epiphany.
Chantons Nolet - Helen Williams, SATB divisi, optional tambourine. A modern setting of a traditional French Christmas carol about the visit of the shepherds.
The Windows - Helen Williams SATB with organ. A setting of a George Herbert poem on the spiritual qualities of stained glass.
Mellitus' Challenge - Helen Williams. SATB with organ, mezzo-soprano and tenor soli. Words from Bede with vocalizations. Written for a baptism.
Palm Sunday Troparion - Nigel Williams, SATB plus some bass octaves. An elaborate setting of a traditional Slavonic chant to mark the Raising of Lazarus and Palm Sunday.
Vitis Vera (the True Vine) - Nigel Williams, SATB communion motet, words from the Vulgate, John 15.
Epsom Evening Service - Nigel Williams, SATB, some divisi, with organ, S & A soli, Book of Common Prayer canticles. Nunc Dimittis also available arranged for soprano and alto soli and organ or piano accompaniment.
For Pentecost - Nigel Williams, SATB with organ, words from Joel as quoted in Acts.
Responses - Nigel Williams, ATB, harmonized version of the Book of Common Prayer responses for Morning and Evening Prayer, in which basses sing the traditional plainsong.
Shouting in the Wilderness - Nigel Williams, 3-part women's or men's voices, on the theme of John the Baptist.
Ut Queant Laxis - Nigel Williams, SSATBB arrangement (mostly unison or 4-part) and translation of the Hymn to John the Baptist by Paul the Deacon. This was the hymn used by Guido d'Arezzo to create the sol-fa system.
Baptism Song - Nigel Williams, Unison. A simple, catchy tune to words about the baptism service.
Ein Feste Burg arr. Nigel Williams, trumpet and organ, arranged as our wedding voluntary,
from a movement by Johann Philipp Krieger (after Martin Luther) in Capella Score Library. Also available for solo organ.
Descants - Nigel Williams. Arrangements of Aberystwyth (Jesu, lover of my soul), Calon Lan, Third Mode Melody (the original Tallis harmonization plus a descant) for the words "How Shall I Sing that Majesty?", and Lux Benigna for "Lead, Kindly Light."
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