Clare
Wilkinson

Mezzo-soprano

Stephen Wilkinson

Stephen Wilkinson

The composer Stephen Wilkinson was born in Eversden Rectory, Cambridgeshire, in 1919. He was a choirboy at Oxford Cathedral, and Organ Scholar at Queens' Cambridge, interrupted by war service. A long and varied career in music has followed, including over 30 years as Conductor of the BBC Northern Singers (Proms, Edinburgh & Aldeburgh Festivals, international tours, acclaimed LPs) and nearly 40 with the William Byrd Singers of Manchester. His compositions span some 80 years; since his retirement aged 90 he has dedicated more time to these. He has produced two volumes of solo songs, one of carol arrangements, one of choral folksong arrangements, and many other works. A full list of works can be found on this page, many with free downloadable scores. A CD of his choral music, Dover Beach, was released in 2012; a CD of his solo songs with Mhairi Lawson, Clare Wilkinson, James Gilchrist and Matthew Brook will be out shortly. Two songs arranged for voice & viols have been recorded by Clare Wilkinson and Fretwork; listen here. Stephen has recently embarked on a new career as reader with Courtiers of Grace, with whom he has so far appeared at the Trigonale Festival (Austria), and the Brighton and York Early Music Festivals. For further information, contact Clare Wilkinson. More information about Stephen here. Please let us know of any performances of Stephen's works. We are extremely grateful to David Toms for his excellent typeset editions, and permission to use them here.

 

List of works to date

Choral Works

Where the title and the first line differ, the piece is listed twice if we think it might be helpful.

Ariel's Song (Where the bee sucks; part of And Sometimes Voices; SMsA solo voices; score)

As I walked out at early morn (Y deryn pur; in Welsh or English; melody traditional; SATB, S+Bar soli; scorebuy track)

As I walked out one summer morning (Rowing down the tide; melody traditional; SATB; score; buy track)

As up the wood I took my way (Carol; melody Martin Shaw; SSATB, Bar solo; score)

Ben Jonson's Carol (I sing the birth was born tonight; SATB; score)

Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises (Island Music; part of And Sometimes Voices; SATB; score)

Bristol (part of Betjeman's Bells; SSATBB; score)

Brother James's Air (The Lord's my shepherd; melody J L M Bain; SATB; score)

Cantate Domino canticum novum (Psalm 149; part of The singing will never be done; SATB; score)

Carol (As up the wood I took my way; melody Martin Shaw; SSATB, Bar solo; score)

Charity Carol (Good King Wenceslas; melody Piae Cantiones; SATB, S+Bar soli; score)

A Christmas Lullaby (Upon my lap my Sov'reign sits; after Brahms; SATBB, S solo; score)

Close Together (SATB; part of Springtime and After; SATB; score)

Consider Well (tune traditional; SATB or male voices (buy score)

Das Bachisches Geburtstagslied (Happy Birthday after JSB; SATB; score)

Dear thoughts are in my mind (The Lark in the clear air; melody traditional; SATB, S+Bar soli; score; buy track)

Dirge (Full fathom fine; part of And Sometimes Voices; SATB divisi; score)

Dormi niño Dios (tune traditional; SATB; scorecomputerised mp3)

Dover Beach (SMsATBarB; buy track)

Ev'ryone suddenly burst out singing ('Finsteren zeiten'; part of The singing will never be done; SSATB; score)

Finsteren Zeiten (Everyone suddenly burst out singing; part of The singing will never be done; SSATB; score)

The Five Kings (melody Piae Cantiones; SATB, S+T soli; score)

The Gentle Maiden (melody traditional; SATB; score)

God be merciful unto us (Psalm 67; SATB, S solo; buy track)

God rest you merry, gentlemen (tune traditional; SATB + org; score)

Good King Wenceslas (Charity Carol; melody Piae Cantiones; SATB, S+Bar soli)

Halcyon Days (Psalm 149, Cantate Domino; part of The singing will never be done; SATB; score)

Hiems' Song (When icicles hang by the wall; SATB; buy track)

The Holly Crown (tune traditional; SATB, optional Sop solo; score)

Honour, riches, marriage blessing (Juno's Song; part of And Sometimes Voices; SATB; score)

Irish Carol (All you that are unto mirth inclined; tune traditional; SATBB; score)

I will give my love an apple (tune traditional; SATB; score)

I sing the birth was born tonight ('Ben Jonson's Carol'; SATB; score)

I've been in the storm so long (tune trad. Spiritual; SATB; score)

Island music (Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises; part of And Sometimes Voices; SATB; score)

Juno's Song (part of And Sometimes Voices; SATB; score)

The Lark in the clear air (melody traditional; SATB, S+Bar soli; scorebuy track)

Lo! He comes with clouds descending (tune Helmsley; unison voices, descant; accomp for organ, strings or piano duet)

London Waits (Past three o'clock; tune traditional; SATB, T/Bar solo; score)

The Lord is my Shepherd (Psalm 23; SATB; buy track)

The Lord's my Shepherd (Brother James's Air, melody J L M Bain; SATB; score)

Nightingale (SATB)

No Man's Land (part of The singing will never be done; SSATB; score)

The Master, the swabber, the boatswain & I (Sailors' Song; part of And Sometimes Voices; TTB; score)

Moon Dance (Come unto these yellow sands; part of And Sometimes Voices; SATB, S solo; score)

Mót Vári (part of Várið og síðani; SATB; Faroese score)

Nocturne (part of Three Elegies; SATB; buy track)

The Oak and the Ash (tune traditional; SATB, S+Bar soli; score)

On such a day (part of Three Elegies; SATB; buy track)

O Praise the Lord of Heav'n (Psalm 148; SATB; scorebuy track)

The Piper o' Dundee (melody traditional; SATB; scorebuy track)

Quem vidistis, pastores? (melody traditional; English text, Shepherds in the fields abiding; SATB; score)

Rorate Coeli (The Dropping of the dew; folk song arrangement; SATB, S solo; score)

Rowing down the tide (melody traditional; SATB; scorebuy track)

Sailors' Song (The master, the swabber, the boatswain and I; part of And Sometimes Voices; TTB; score)

Scots, wha hae wi' Wallace bled (melody traditional; SATB; score)

The sheep under the snow (melody Manx traditional; SATB; scorebuy track)

Short Measures (part of Three Elegies; SATB; buy track)

The Singing World (Let all the world in every corner sing; SATB+organ+optional trumpet; score)

Spring laughter (part of Springtime and After; SATB, S+T soli; score)

Spring sorrow (part of Springtime and After; SATB; score)

Summer Floods (SATB, S+T soli)

Sunrise (a brief round; William Blake's He who binds to himself a joy; buy score)

Tætt Saman (part of Várið og síðani; SATB; Faroese score)

The For We Came (melody Manx traditional; SATB; score)

Uffington (part of Betjeman's Bells; SATB divisi; score)

Upon my lap my Sov'reign sits (A Christmas Lullaby; after Brahms; SATBB, S solo; score)

Várlátur (part of Várið og síðani; SATB; Faroese score)

Wantage Bells (part of Betjeman's Bells; SATB; score)

When Christ was born (SATB, adapted from no 4 of Dvořák's 'Five Songs of Nature'; score)

Where the bee sucks (Ariel's Song; part of And Sometimes Voices; SMsA solo voices; score)

Y Deryn Pur (As I walked out at early morn; in Welsh or English; melody traditional; SATB, S+Bar soli; scorebuy track)

Choral Collections

And Sometimes Voices... (six settings from The Tempest for unaccompanied choir; score)

Betjeman's Bells (three Betjeman settings for unaccompanied choir; score; buy tracks)

Grass Roots (Twelve studies in folk song for mixed voices; score)

The Other Carol Book (thirteen choral arrangements for Christmas; score)

The singing will never be done (set of three pieces for unaccompanied voices; score)

Some Psalms (three Psalm settings for SATB; buy tracks)

Some Rounds and Things (eleven brief songs with piano, which can also work as 4-part rounds)

Song Undying (three pieces for SSATB)

Springtime and After ('Várið og síðani'; three Faroese poems for unaccompanied choir, translated by SAW; English score)

Three Elegies (for unaccompanied voices; buy tracks)

Várið og síðani ('Springtime and After'; three Faroese poems for unaccompanied choir; Faroese score)

Songs

All for voice & piano unless otherwise indicated

Soprano

Ballade (trad. (O Willie’s rare and Willie’s fair); from Échos de l'Écosse; score)

Birdspeak (Samuel Taylor Coleridge; buy score)

Caprice (Burns (I’m o’er young to marry yet); from Échos de l'Écossescore)

Cat's Funeral (E V Rieu; from Childsplay; voice & recorder)

Cri de Coeur (Burns (My heart is a’breaking, dear tittie); from Échos de l'Écossescore)

Dance, Thumbkin, dance (Anon; from Childsplay; voice & recorder)

Déploration (trad. (The bonnie Earl o’ Moray); from Échos de l'Écosse; score)

The Ecchoing Green (William Blake; buy score)

Forlane (trad. (My Tocher’s the Jewel); from Échos de l'Écosse; score)

Hide and Seek (A B Shiffrin; from Childsplay; voice & recorder)

The Hour-Glass (Ben Jonson; buy score)

Infant Joy (1947; William Blake; buy score)

maggie and milly and molly and may (e e cummings; from Childsplay; voice & recorder)

The Old Man's Toes (Eleanor Farjeon; from Childsplay; voice & recorder)

One foot in Eden (Edwin Muir; for sop, viola & piano; buy score)

The Owl & the Pussycat (Edward Lear; from Nosegay; buy score)

Please, Mrs Butler (Allan Ahlberg)

Proud Songsters (Thomas Hardy; buy score)

Sérénade (Burns (O whistle and I’ll come to you); from Échos de l'Écosse; score)

Sonnet (My true love hath my heart; Sir Philip Sidney; from Nosegay; buy score)

Spring & Fall (Gerard Manley Hopkins - buy voice & piano score; also arranged for voice & 4 viols)

What it is (Erich Fried, translated from the German by Stuart Hood; buy score)

Winter Snow (Christina Rossetti; buy score)

Mezzo/Alto

At the Manger (W H Auden - buy voice & piano score; also arranged for voice & 4 viols - listen)

Cinderella's Song (Elizabeth Madox Roberts; with optional additional soprano/chorus of sopranos; buy score)

The Garden (Andrew Marvell - buy voice & piano score; also arranged for voice & 4 viols - listen)

The Gate in the Wall (Eleanor Farjeon; buy score)

Heaven (Rupert Brooke; buy score)

Heaven-Haven (1933; Gerard Manley Hopkins)

Joly Jankyn (Anon.; buy score)

Maude Gonne takes down a book (W B Yeats; buy score)

Orpheus with his lute (2016; Shakespeare; for voice & lute)

The Owl & the Pussycat (Edward Lear; from Nosegay; buy score)

Please, Mrs Butler (Allan Ahlberg)

Renunciation (Alice Meynell; buy score)

Sonnet (My true love hath my heart; Sir Philip Sidney; from Nosegay; buy score)

Stay near to me (James Fenton)

There and Back (Rodney Bennett)

To my dear and loving husband (Ann Bradstreet; from Nosegay; buy score)

Winter Snow (Christina Rossetti; buy score)

Tenor

Birdspeak (Samuel Taylor Coleridge; buy score)

Branle de Biniou (Burns (The Piper o’ Dundee); from Échos de l'Écossescore)

Chanson d'amour (Burns (We’ll meet beside the dusky glen); from Échos de l'Écossescore)

Chapels (y capelau; Fred Pratt Green; buy score)

Come away, death (William Shakespeare; buy score)

Crabbed age & youth (William Shakespeare; buy score)

Cry (R S Thomas; score)

Eternal Summer (William Shakespeare; buy score)

Ginko Biloba (Goethe)

Grantchester (Rupert Brooke; score)

Lullaby (W H Auden; buy score)

O do not love too long (W B Yeats; buy score)

The Owl & the Pussycat (Edward Lear; from Nosegay; buy score)

Please, Mrs Butler (Allan Ahlberg)

Politics (W B Yeats; buy score)

Sonnet (My true love hath my heart; Sir Philip Sidney; from Nosegay; buy score)

The Sunlight on the Garden (Louis MacNeice; buy score)

To a Young Girl (W B Yeats; buy score)

What it is (Erich Fried, translated from the German by Stuart Hood; buy score)

The Wind & the Moon (George McDonald; buy score)

Baritone/Bass

Cry (R S Thomas; score)

Eternal Summer (William Shakespeare; buy score)

Kiss (Leigh Hunt; buy score)

Lullaby (W H Auden; buy score)

O do not love too long (W B Yeats; buy score)

Please, Mrs Butler (Allan Ahlberg)

Running to Paradise (W B Yeats; score)

Stay near to me (James Fenton)

There and Back (Rodney Bennett)

To a Young Girl (W B Yeats; buy score)

Duets

Rappel - What's a' the steer, Kimmer? (from Échos de l'Écosse; S+T + piano - score - or small string orch - parts available)

Reveille - The news frae Moidart cam yestre'en (from Échos de l'Écosse; S+T + piano - score - or small string orch - parts available)

Song Cycles

Childsplay (five songs for soprano & recorder)

Échos de l'Écosse (fourteen traditional Scottish Songs arranged for Soprano & Tenor with piano; score)

Nosegay (three wedding songs for medium voice; buy score)

Some Rounds and Things (eleven brief songs with piano, which can also work as 4-part rounds)

Two Shakespeare Songs (Come away, Death and Crabbed Age and Youth; buy score)

 

Sacred Music

Instrumental Works

Solo Piano

Berceuse à la Musette (score)

Hand in hand (score)

Little Bounce-a-bye for Clara (score)

Violin & Piano

Réjouissance (buy score)

 

 

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The Sunlight on the Garden (Songs with Piano 1)

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Eternal Summer (Songs with Piano 2)

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Grass Roots (Choral folk song arrangements)

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The Other Carol Book (Mixed voice carol arrangements)

Free download
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Betjeman’s Bells (mixed choir)

Free download
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Grantchester (Song for Tenor and Piano)

Free download
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And Sometimes Voices… (mixed choir)

Free download
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The singing will never be done (mixed choir)

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Échos de l’Écosse (Folksong arrangements; S + T soli + Piano)

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Rorate Coeli (mixed choir)

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The Nightingale (trad UK; SATB)

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Galician Carol (trad Galician; SATB)

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Consider Well (trad Irish; TTBB)

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