Medium voice with piano

Song cycles

These are intended to be sung as complete sets, in order.
All scores in manuscript unless indicated otherwise.



  • Three Nocturnes  (Osbert Sitwell)   (1960)   9'
    1. The valleys that we know
    2. An owl-horned wizard
    3. The milling clouds despising

  • Threnody  (David Walters, Wilfred Owen, John C. Griffiths)   (1963)   21'
    1. Cosmos  (Walters)
    2. Interlude  (piano solo)
    3. Anthem for doomed youth  (Owen)
    4. To Drosaulla Demetrardou  (Griffiths)
    5. Hiroshima  (Walters)

  • Four Poems  (Hsin Ch'i-Chi)   (1970)   9'

  • Whigmaleeries  (William Soutar)   (1980)   
    1. King worm
    2. Balm
    3. The brisk world birls about

  • Custard and Co.  (Ogden Nash)   (1981)   8'
    1. The Hippopotamus
    2. The Kangaroo
    3. The Shrimp
    4. The Grynch
    5. The Germ
    6. The Pizza
    7. The Turkey

  • Small Ads  (Mark Morris)   (1987)   10'

  • Four Poems  (D. H. Lawrence)   (1987)   4'
    1. The Mosquito Knows
    2. Modern Prayer
    3. The Rainbow
    4. Desire is dead

  • Five Nonsense Poems  (Theodor Roethke)   (1991)   6'
    1. The kitty cat bird
    2. The whale
    3. The yak
    4. The ceiling
    5. Myrtle

  • The Whale and other animals  (Gavin Ewart)   (1994)   6'
    1. The whale
    2. The ocelot
    3. The marsupial mole
    4. The dinosaur
    5. The porcupine
    6. Electric eels
    7. If you're a bear

  • Three Shakespeare Portraits  (William Shakespeare)   (1999)   11'
    1. Ariel
    2. Ophelia
    3. Lady Macbeth

  • My Mum  (a child)   (2000)   3'
    1. I love you
    2. Mother's hands
    3. Mum is Ace

  • A Tapestry of Flowers  (Francesca Kay)   (2002)   13'
    1. Winter wildlife
    2. First frost
    3. Pruning roses
    4. Roots
    5. Primrose
    6. White flowers
    7. At last

  • Jungle Jingles  (Simon Rees)   (2012)   7'
    1. Kinkajou
    2. Potto
    3. The Manticore
    4. Axolotl

  • Five Poems of Grahame Davis  (Grahame Davies)   (2013)   17'
    1. Propenplicon
    2. Pathways
    3. The Mountains
    4. Prayer for the Dying
    5. Grey

Song collections

Although these can be sung as sets, in order, it is not necessary to do so.
Selections may be made, and single songs may be performed on their own.
All scores in manuscript unless indicated otherwise.



  • Two Poems  (William Shakespeare)   (1969)   6'
    1. In secret valley of silence
    2. Lay me to sleep

  • Fourteen Poems  (W. H. Davies)   (1973)   
    1. The moth
    2. Oh! For a glass of wine
    3. The prover
    4. Eyes
    5. Christ the man
    6. The boy
    7. The lonely dreamer
    8. To Bacchus
    9. Little flower
    10. The excuse
    11. Fancy's home
    12. How kind is sleep
    13. The bay she seized
    14. Beggar's luck

  • Two Poems  (Elizabeth Jennings)   (1989)   
    1. Night Garden of the Asylum
    2. The Interrogator

  • Three Poems  (Mary Stewart)   (1993)
    1. Cain outlawed   3'
    2. War grave   2'
    3. The mountain tarn   4'

  • Three Poems  (W. B. Yeats)   (1994)   
    1. A cradle song   2'
    2. A faery song   2'
    3. The old men admiring themselves in the water   2'

  • Two Japanese songs  (Christian Searle)   (1994)   2'

Single songs

All scores in manuscript unless indicated otherwise.



  • The Sick Rose  (William Blake)   (1960)   1'

  • Spring and Fall  (Gerard Manley Hopkins)   (1961)   5'

  • O Mistress Mine  (William Shakespeare)   (1961)   2'

  • The Sea Ritual  (George Darley)   (1961)   2'

  • The Ghost  (Walter de la Mare)   (1960)   2'

  • The Widow Bird  (Percy Bysshe Shelley)   (1963)   2'

  • The Hen  (1963)   2'

  • Heaven-Haven  (Gerard Manley Hopkins)   (1985)   2'

  • April Fool  (Louis Macniece)   (1990)   2'

  • War poet  (Isaac Rosenberg)   (1991)   3'

  • Fiddler's Song  (George Mackey Brown)   (1993)   3'

  • Shadwell Stair  (Wilfred Owen)   (1993)   3'

  • Love lasts longer  (Idris Davies)   (1993)   2'

  • Bedtime  (Eleanor Farjeon)   (1993)   1'

  • A glass of beer  (James Stephens)   (1993)   1'

  • The Bogeyman  (Jack Prelutsky)   (1993)   2'

  • Heads or Tails  (Kit Wright)   (1993)   1'

  • If pigs could fly  (James Reeves)   (1993)   1'

  • Epitaph  (Percy Bysshe Shelley)   (1994)   2'

  • Tiananmen  (James Fenton)   (1995)   6'

  • The Huxter  (Edward Thomas)   (1996)   1'

  • Troubadour's Song  (Anon)   (2001)   2'

  • In a Bath Tea Shop  (John Betjeman)   (2005)   2'