23-Jun-2017

This is a list of the Hound's top selling works for choirs over a period of 5 years. By top selling, we mean quantity of copies sold, so there is an inherent bias towards works suited to larger choirs. Nevertheless, it should give a rough idea of popular performance works.

1. Fields of Gold - Sting arr. Emerson

We've supplied more copies of this work, in one or other of its voicings, than any other title for choirs. This popular song by Sting is available in SATB, SSA and SAB arrangements and there is also a matching "Showtrax CD" to accompany them.

Arranged by Emerson and published by Hal Leonard.

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2. The Lord is My Shepherd (Vicar of Dibley Theme) - Howard Goodall

A popular version of Psalm 23, in part thanks to exposure through the popular TV comedy series "The Vicar of Dibley", this setting is worthy of exploring as it is easy on the audience and ranges from a light and frothy start to a distinctly positive outlook on the slightly moody traversal of the "valley of the shadow of death". It works very well with a sensitive organ accompaniment.

Published by Faber, this title is available in Unison/SSA, TTB and SATB editions, with piano. Orchestral material is available on hire from the publisher.

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3. The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace - Karl Jenkins

A relatively new work, premiered in 2000, this became an immediate top seller. The orchestral forces engage an extensive percussion section, as well as unusual woodwind grouping, plus strings and brass driving military themes and a tour de force from 15th Century themes through to the 21st Century.

Vocal score and full scores are available for purchase and orchestral material is available for hire. Published by Boosey & Hawkes.

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4. The Lord Bless You and Keep You - John Rutter

John Rutter's choral settings have become an essential component of the choral toolbox. The words and music complement each other in this, his setting, of the Aaronic Blessing.

Available in SATB (with organ or strings) and SA voice arrangement with keyboard. Score and string parts are available on hire separately from Oxford University Press.

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5. Hymn to the Virgin - Benjamin Britten

This is the only unaccompanied and SSAATTBB anthem making our top five. Britten had an ability to marry words and music in a most compelling way. Revised in 1934 by the composer, with texts dating from c.1300 in Latin and English, this would make a fine performance piece in a concert or a cathedral setting.

This work is published by Boosey & Hawkes in their "Winthrop Rogers Edition of Choral Music for Festivals" series.

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