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The Darkling Thrush


SSAA choir, harp or piano (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, harp or piano, and the premiere was given by Polaris and harpist Ellie Turner in February 2019. Click on the SoundCloud player to listen to their concert performance.

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

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