Choral Music

Use the categories below to explore different types of work:


A Cantata for Choir and Organ (12') 
In 1985 the title was changed to: From Babel to Pentecost


For a capella choir (10')

1 Woman's Song (Judith Wright) (originally written in 1971) Commercial Recording: (Tp:179)
2 O Joyous Child of Poverty (Mary Macken) Commercial Recording: Australia Sings A New Song, (Ancacd 1001)
3 Hodie Christus Natus Est (Anon)

Commissioned by David Kinsela for Macquarie University Choir Performed by various choirs


1 Picture a Brisbane Afternoon
2 Look up at the Moon
3 We owe our Thanks

First performance     
Date: August 31, 1990 
Venue: Elizabeth Bay House, Sydney 
Performers: The Song Co.

Commissioned by Jones & Co, Brisbane 


Words by the composer 

1 SAT Bandicoot
2 Avalon Lullaby
3 The Fib

All, except The Fib, have been recorded by Musica Viva and used in the Schools program

Commissioned by Musica Viva for the Song Company Schools program


For six voices: soprano 1, soprano 2, alto, tenor, baritone, bass 
Words by Dorothy Hewett 

Requested by Lorna Lander, on behalf of the Australian Music Centre 


For four-part choir (or solo voices) 

First performance 
Date: June 20, 1996
Venue: St Mary of the Angels Church, Geelong 
Recorded by the Song Company.

Written for the Requiem Mass for Peter Ignatius Henderson, the composer’s twin brother. The work commemorates both deceased brothers, Michael Xavier Henderson and Peter Ignatius Henderson


The Ordinary of the Mass is in English
For sopranos and alto choirs

1 Lord have mercy (Kyrie)
2 Glory to God (Gloria)
3 We believe (Credo)
4 Holy, holy, holy (Sanctus and Benedictus)
5 Our Father
6 Lamb of God (Agnus Dei)
7 Alleluia
8 Great Amen

First performance    
Date: June 13 2000
Venue: St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney
Soloist: Joan Carden

Commissioned by Kincoppal-Rose Bay for the Jubilee Mass of Thanksgiving


A reworking of the children’s choral piece of the same name 


An excerpt from I’d like to name them all by Name: the Anna Akhmatova Requiem, translated by Judith Hemschemeyer 

Written at the request of Roland Peelman for the SONG COMPANY for inclusion in their Good Friday music drama work called 14 


An excerpt from I’d like to name them all by Name: Anna Akhmatova’s Requiem translated by Judith Hemschemeyer 
Written for the Sydney Philharmonia Choir