Solo Voice with instrument(s)

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three sections:
Solo Voice(s) with Instruments
Folk-song Arrangements
Joining the Dots Singing

Alan Bullard has written songs ever since he was a teenager. On of his earliest songs, written in 1967 when he was a student of Herbert Howells, When I am dead my dearest, is now in the ABRSM Singing syllabus.

And this one from the 1970s, To Music, is available free here.


A Swan, A Man (2009)
baritone and piano

Autumn Evening (1979)
soprano, clarinet in B flat (or viola), and piano

Bede (2011)
Soprano and bass clarinet

Canonic Proverbs (2013)
soprano (or tenor) and recorders (one player)

Come live with me and be my love (1981)
medium voice and piano

Ground Song (1996)
soprano and string trio   duration 6 mins.

I seek her in the shady grove (The Lost One)
high voice and piano 3 mins.

Lament (1990)
soprano, clarinet, violin, harp and piano
or soprano, clarinet and piano          duration 8 mins.

Love came down at Christmas
High voice or low voice and piano

Matin Song

Music commended and scraping ridiculed (1976)
speaker and piano          c.10 mins.

No other Gods but me (1993)
soprano, alto, and organ (or flute/recorder and piano)     3 mins

Pretty Ring Time (1980)
medium voice and piano 3 mins.

The Lost One (1999)
high voice and piano 3 mins.

The Painting Room (1987)
music for a film – including three songs for baritone

The Sea of Faith (1995)
high voice and piano       8 mins.

The Solitary Reaper (1995)
soprano and violin (or treble recorder, or oboe, or piano)      5 mins

The Year’s Awakening

Three Bird Songs (1985)
baritone and piano      7 mins.

To Music (1976)
medium voice and piano

When I am dead my dearest (1967)
voice and piano

Folk-song arrangements

Erin, o Erin (1981)
medium voice, clarinet in B flat (or viola) and piano

How can I keep from Singing?
voice and piano

Lord of all hopefulness
voice and piano

The Nutting Girl (1981)
high voice and piano, with optional clarinet (or viola, or violin, or treble recorder, or flute)

Three folk-carols (1988)
voice and violin

Arrangements for voice and piano for ABRSM Songbooks:

  • Anna-Marie (Dutch folksong) recording of Anna-Marie here
  • Guter Mond, du gehst so stille (German folksong)
  • Home on the range (American folksong)
  • Land of the Silver Birch (Canadian folksong)   
  • Pokearekare Ana (Maori folksong)
  • The Mallow Fling (UK folksong)
  • The Miller of Dee  (UK folksong)
  • The Oak and the Ash  (UK folksong)
  • The Water is Wide (UK folksong)

Joining the Dots Singing

Alan Bullard’s Joining the Dots series includes five books that develop sight-singing skills.

By working through these creative exercises and pieces, students can prepare for ABRSM face-to-face singing exams. The books can also be used to build confidence in musicianship classes, as a resource for choirs or audition preparation.

Joining the Dots is great training for ABRSM exams but also helps students approach new music with confidence when they are learning pieces or preparing for auditions.

Joining the Dots singing: more details