Choral Works

Below you will find a selection of my choral works.

To purchase a score, request further information or to commission a new choral work, please message me via the link on the Contact page.

 
 
 

WE WERE NOT READY (2018)

For SATB choir.

Commissioned by Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.

In August 2017, my beautiful grandfather Arturs passed away. This piece opened up a space in which I could explore and express my grief surrounding the loss of one of the most significant people in my life. He was one of the first people to ever meet me only moments after I was born, and I was one of the last people to witness the life inside his body before he passed away. Through this work I wanted to communicate the raw, unimaginable heartbreak that surrounds the process of watching someone go through the final moments of life.

The premiere performance of this work took place in the Utzon Room at the Sydney Opera House on the 29th April, 2018.

 

do you remember (2018)

For junior choir (S+A) and piano.

Commissioned by Sydney Children’s Choir in conjunction with Sydney Living Museums as composer in residence with SCC.

"Earth's warmest blanket is the love within a heart" is what one of the choristers from the SCC Intermediate Training Choirs told me during a composition workshop I ran for them earlier this year. I visited the ensemble at their choir camp to share with them my ideas for this piece based on Sydney’s historic Vaucluse House. We talked about the beautiful landscape surrounding Vaucluse House, nestled gently between sloping valleys and the ocean. We talked about Sarah and William Charles Wentworth, and the happy life that they and their children had there. More than anything else, Sarah valued the health and happiness of her family, and was most content when she, her husband and their ten children were all together in their family home. The story in this piece is told from the perspective of Sarah Wentworth, and paints a romantic picture of the sights, sounds, smells and feelings she valued. We can only imagine how much she longed to relive these moments, if only she could.

 

THE LION OF SYDNEY (2018)

For junior choir (treble) and piano.

Commissioned by Sydney Children’s Choir in conjunction with Sydney Living Museums as composer in residence with SCC.

This cheeky little piece was composed for the SCC Minisingers and Junior Training Choirs. Inspired by a little cast iron lion that lives beneath the grand staircase in the saloon of Elizabeth Bay House, Sydney, The Lion of Sydney makes sure everyone knows not to tread or clap too loudly, as we wouldn’t want to wake the lion that has been sleeping for hundreds of years!

 

THE LOST GARDEN (2018)

For junior choir (S+A) and piano.

Commissioned by Sydney Children’s Choir in conjunction with Sydney Living Museums as composer in residence with SCC.

This piece was inspired by stories of Alexander Macleay's paradise like gardens which surrounded his home now called Elizabeth Bay House. Mr. Macleay was well known for his interest in both native and exotic flora, and we can thank him for introducing new plant species such as the jacaranda tree to Australia's landscape. His family home which can still be visited today is large and grand, and showcases the most majestic staircase that sweeps right up to the ceiling. He was a butterfly and moth collecter, and had a keen interest in the natural world. This piece is dedicated to Mr. Macleay's magical garden, which he spent 8 years creating before building the family home. Thank you to Sydney Living Museums for opening their collection to this collaboration, and in particular to Assistant Curator Melissa Flyte for sharing with me the stories and history of this property.

 

AI, ZALAJA LIDACINA (2017)

For SATB choir.

This piece was composed for the Sydney Philhamonia Choirs Chamber Choir in conjunction with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s inaugural National Women Composers’ Development Program (2016-17).

The work is centred around a Latvian folk melody of the same name.

The premiere performance of this work too place at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on the 5th August 2017.

 

STAVI STIVI, OZOLIN (2017)

For SSAATTBB vocal ensemble or choir.

This piece was originally composed for four vocalists of the Song Company in conjunction with the Gondwana National Composer School of 2017. It has now been revised to accommodate a larger ensemble.

The work, inspired by Lutheran chorales (particularly Out of the Deep I Cry to Thee), is based on a traditional Latvian folk text which depicts a big storm boastfully threatening to break the boughs of an oak tree. The oak tree knows is must stand strong ands

which premiered the work in the Song Company's 2017 programme "Forward and Bach".

I would like to thank Antony Pitts for his mentorship throughout the course of this project,

and to the singers for their time, enthusiasm and wonderful approach to new music.

To me, this verse is a beautiful metaphor for life.

It emphasises the importance of being resilient.

It emphasises the significance of acceptance and looking forward.

To me, this piece acts as a prayer.

A prayer that assures peace if one only lets go of that which torments him.

Do not be broken by that which threatens you... Be strong and just let it pass through.

 
 

i wonder (2017)

For SSAAB junior choir, percussion and piano.

This piece was originally composed in conjunction with the Gondwana National Composer School and was later revised under commission by Young Adelaide Voices.

Have you ever found yourself gazing up at the sky on a clear dark night - the stars twinkling and shining brightly... Wondering what it would be like to travel to the moon? This piece was inspired by my love for our sky in all it's phases, and by my growing interest in our solar system and the films which explore its magic. Thank you to the talented and incredibly inspiring singers in the Gondwana Choir Cantorum for their hard work in bringing this piece to life, and for sharing with me their ideas of what it would be like to be on the moon, and what Earth would seem from above.

 

AR DIEVINU (2015)

For SATB choir.

Commissioned by Latvian choir Pernigele.

Music: Ella Macens. Lyrics: Aina Andersone, my grandmother.

Recording: Performed by the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music (JVLMA) choir in Rīga, Latvia in October 2016.

Soloist: Laura Stoma.
Conductor: Sigvards Klava.

 

AT THE ZOO (2015)

In 2015 I had the pleasure of being a composer in residence at Trinity Grammar School in Summer Hill, NSW.

This piece was written for the school's junior choir.

 

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