Hope for the Future
Some songs for young voices, by Alan Bullard
I’ve recently had cause to re-visit many of my songs for young voices because of the changed distribution arrangements for Colne Edition publications, and I realised what a number of these were songs about care for the environment, our imaginations, and our hopes for the future – topics at the top of the agenda for many of us, and particularly for our young people. Indeed some of the songs are to words by young people, or suggested by them.
As young people’s choirs get going again after the pandemic, this could be a good time to investigate these songs!
Here’s a selection of some, published by Colne Edition and Oxford University Press – click on the link to read more about each, see the music and hear a performance (for most) – and almost every song is available both as a pdf download or print.
Rainbow – unison or voices in two parts and piano
Running for the future – voices in two parts and piano
Song to the Moon – unison with optional descant, and piano
Sun, moon, world – voices in two parts and piano
The Awakening Age – voices in two parts with piano
This is the Key – unison or voices in two parts and piano
Coming soon: One voice for all – unison with optional lower parts, with piano
It gives me great happiness to see young people discovering the joy of singing, and the friendship and teamwork that goes alongside it, and I hope that the texts of these songs will encourage this!