Vocal

Lamentation
for High Voice and Piano

This is a setting of the last chapter of Lamentations. It is available in a version string orchestra.

Limericks From Lear
for Medium Voice and Piano

A comic song – a setting of Limericks by Edward Lear

‘My familiar’ (poem by John Godfrey Saxe), and ‘Limericks from Lear’ (Edward Lear).

Psalm 147 (Hal’luya. Ki-tov zamra Eloheinu_; Praise the Lord: for it is good to sing praises to our God)
for Soprano, Flute and Piano

‘I think continually of those who were truly great’
for Voice, Horn and Piano ‘ (poem by Stephen Spender)

‘A Slash of Blue’
for vocal duet and piano (poem by Emily Dickinson)

Kaddish Yatom
for Two Soprano’s (Tenor’s/Soprano and Tenor) and Piano
A setting of Mourners Kaddish

Siren Song
for Mezzo Soprano

Poem by Margaret Atwood. Composed in 2010 the flexible, almost improvisational style of this song helps to evoke a vivid sense of beauty tinged with sadness and loneliness. In Greek mythology the Sirens were creatures with the head of a female and the body of a bird. They were the daughters of the muse Melpomene, herself the daughter of Zeus. They were Pisinoe, Aglaope and Thelxiope, companions of Pesephone, who was carried off by Hades. The sirens begged Zeus for wings to enable them to look for her and consequently they became half woman and half bird. They lived on an island and with the irresistible charm of their song they lured mariners to their destruction on the rocks surrounding their island. Once a sailor heard their song, he would be in their control. He would attempt to get as close to them as possible, steering the ship into the rocks and wrecking it.

Sh’ma
for Soprano, Mezzo Soprano and Cello

A setting of Deuteronomy 6:4-9, the first section of The Shema, a central prayer in Jewish Liturgy

Sonnet 116 Let me not to the marriage of true minds (William Shakespeare)
for High Voice and Piano

Rachamana
for Voice and Piano

This prayer, towards the end of the Selichot service, was composed in Aramaic by Rav Amram Gaon (821-875) in the ninth century.  This setting, originally composed for choir (SATB), here is arranged for voice and piano.

May the All-merciful, who answers the poor, answer us; may the All-merciful, who answers the broken-hearted, answer us; may the All-merciful, who answers the lowly in spirit, answer us. All-merciful, answer us; All-merciful, have pity; All-merciful, redeem; All-merciful, save; All-merciful, have mercy on us, now, speedily, and very soon.

Mi Shebeirach
for Tenor and Piano

A mi sheberach is the prayer said in synagogue, blessing a particular person or group. The name comes from the opening of the prayer, which means May the One who blesses. The first mi sheberach appears in the Machzor Vitri

Wedding Song
for Soprano, Violin and Piano

Poem by Louisa Stuber