Bread is broken
Six Communion songs
In early 2013 I invited the poet Richard Skinner to write a set of short texts with a view to producing a series of simple anthems to be sung at during the Administration of Communion.
I have used Richard’s texts for four of the songs, while the other two use biblical and other texts. The songs are intended to be used flexibly by choirs and singing groups of any size. They can be sung as unison pieces if desired, or if circumstances demand. This collection will appeal particularly to small parish church choirs and similar groups seeking contemporary and accessible words and music to grace those occasions when we gather around the Communion Table.
The accompanying CD includes all the songs from this collection, together with six psalm responsories from the collection Rock of my Strength.
Rock of my strength
Responsorial psalms for the Eucharist
I wrote these eight psalm responsories between 2003 and 2012, and revised them in 2013 for this collection.
They are designed to be readily usable by church choirs and music groups with varying resources. Most of them can be used flexibly, in that they can be sung with full four-part choir and soloists, or just by a single cantor, with organist or pianist, and congregation.
Alternative versions using solo instruments are provided for two of the items.
Six of these psalm responsories are included in the CD Bread is Broken.
In the Stillness
Choral songs inspired by Julian of Norwich
With words by Richard Skinner, based on the Revelations of Divine Love by the fourteenth century English mystic Julian of Norwich, this is a sequence of six songs for SATB choir (with some divisi).
The songs were first performed by the Exeter Chamber Choir in October 2012.
The accompanying CD includes the six songs along with four anthems.
A Christmas musical for schools and communities
First performed by The Beacon Primary School, Exmouth, in 2009, this is another Skinner/ Walsh collaboration. Bethlehem! has been described as “a wonderful and hugely enjoyable production with attractive songs and catchy melodies, expertly played live backing tracks, and humorous lyrics with a contemporary twist.”
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