I write a cappella arrangements for choirs. My ninja skill is producing something that’s really effective in three-or four-part harmony, while staying true to the original, so the audience gets that ‘Ah, YEAH! I love this one!’ moment.
I know how to build success into a choral arrangement from the start: choosing the right song, writing learnable, singable lines, giving singers a good level of reward for their effort, and structuring arrangements so that they are joyful to sing and fantastic to listen to.
I’ve been commissioned to arrange for large and small groups including the multi-award-winning White Rosettes barbershop chorus, Manchester Community Choir and Sheffield’s Out Aloud. Recent commissions include a new SATB arrangement of the Pankhurst Anthem, to be sung at the unveiling of Emmeline Pankhurst’s statue in Manchester, and an arrangement of We Need Each Other Now by Merry Hell, which was sung by 1000 people at the 2019 Street Choirs Festival.
Liz Powers and I set up and run Take It To The Bridge, Hebden Bridge’s very own pop choir; we’ve staged three sell-out gigs featuring my all-new 80s/90s pop arrangements, under Liz’s expert musical direction.
I love working with choir directors to produce bespoke arrangements. I’ll help you choose a song that will bring out your group’s strengths and work brilliantly a cappella. It’ll be something your choir will love to sing, that will make them sound great, be learnable and singable, and take your audience on a proper emotional journey.
I’m always working on something new, but here’s a list of existing, tried-and-tested arrangements, and a list of commissions. Contact me for something to sing.