The Darkling Thrush

 

for SSAA choir and harp

4'40

I composed The Darkling Thrush in 2018 for Polaris Vocal Ensemble and their conductor, Nicola Starkie. The work is a setting of the poem by Thomas Hardy for SSAA choir and harp, and the premiere was given by the group and harpist Ellie Turner in Birmingham on 22nd February 2019. Click on the SoundCloud player to listen to their concert performance.

I later arranged the piece for SATB choir and harp; this version was shortlisted by Bristol Choral Society for their 2020 Mary Otty composition prize.