to my website which gathers together information about some of the publications in which I have been involved, both as editor and arranger. Please follow the links above; further links will take you directly to the appropriate pages on the publishers’ own websites, where you will find more detailed information, and purchases can be made on-line.
Over the years I have helped to create, and have contributed to, a number of widely-used educational series, notably Kaleidoscope, for varied ensembles. This series of over 40 titles enables you to perform a varied range of attractive pieces in many styles from classical to pop, using whatever motley line-up of instrumentalists you can muster. The instrumentation is not rigidly fixed; on the contrary it is designed to be highly flexible, so that each line can be played by a number of different instruments. You don’t even need to cover all the lines – each piece can be played as a solo as long as you include the easy piano/keyboard part. Kaleidoscope has proved to be an extremely useful resource, both for GCSE music-making and for school concerts. The series is published by Chester Music.
I have also contributed to other useful instrumental series published by Chester, including Playstrings (easy pieces for young string ensembles), Junior Just Brass (easy pieces playable by a various combinations of brass instruments), Mixed Bag (pieces for woodwind ensemble, including optional parts for beginners), and FlexEnsemble (a concept similar to Kaleidoscope above) for Boosey & Hawkes.
In 2005 I was commissioned by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music to write original pieces and arrangements for Saxophone Ensemble for inclusion in their Music Medals exam programme.
The Boosey & Hawkes Magic series of five books, one each for solo Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet and Trombone with piano accompaniment, have made a regular appearance on the exam syllabuses of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and Trinity College London. Each book contains a mix of classical repertoire from Schubert to Stravinsky and Brahms to Bartók plus early music, folk, traditional and favourite popular titles. New: Many of the individual pieces in these books are now published separately (details and links to follow).
For Solo Piano, simplified arrangements of works by Rachmaninoff for Boosey & Hawkes have been well received.
Popular choral arrangements for Novello include the Choral Pops series for mixed voices with optional keyboard, two Barbershop/Close Harmony collections: The Novello Barbershop Songbook and Close Harmony – Ladies Barbershop Songbook. New: In 2011/2012 most of the arrangements in these two barbershop books were re-issued as separate octavo publications (details and links to follow).
I was commissioned by Boosey & Hawkes to make various arrangements of works by Karl Jenkins, including the popular Adiemus and Cantilena. Faber Music asked me to arrange a suite from Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio and a set of pieces from Cats for their Faber Young Voices series.
For Cramer Music a substantial volume: Gilbert & Sullivan Favourites for Chorus, 40 pieces arranged for chorus and piano, was published in spring 2008. Click image below.