Choral Music by June Clark
 
Reissued in new editions by Charlemagne Music 2004
 
 
Available now!
 
     
 
 
 
UNISON SONGS for Schools or Competitive Festivals
(Many of these songs have been used the world over in such festivals in the U.K., Canada, the U.S.A and Australia and New Zealand).
 
     
 
 
 
The Dell
£1.50
 
  (Music by June Clark: words by David Dixon) CM2501
 
 
An easy light-hearted song about thirty two squirrels and their antics as they dart amongst the branches.. Vocal range one octave, E (above middle C) to E above. The piano accompaniment is very simple. Key is E minor, Simple Duple time.
 
 
     
 
 
  O where is young Christopher
£1.50
 
  (Music by June Clark: words by David Dixon)CM2503
 
 
This amusing little song is about a young lad who cannot be found and is finally located stuck up a tree. It is in waltz rhythm emphasised by the piano accompaniment and is in the key of G major with a vocal range of Middle C to E an octave above.

‘I like also ‘O where is young Christopher?’, a unison song by June Clark with an attractive lilt and unstrained out-of-the-ordinariness’ (Musical Times 1964)
 
 
     
 


 
  Og
£1.50
 
  (Music by June Clark: words by David Dixon) CM2502
 
 
This is a song about a cat called Og. We cannot remember why he is called such a silly name, but think it is because Og is really a rather silly, scared cat. The piano accompaniment ambles along like the daft pussy cat, ending with an upward out-of- key scale as the frightened Og flees away.(The effect seems to have been entirely lost on the critic who wrote the note below!) Key is G major, Simple Duple time, and vocal range is D above Middle C to E an octave above.

‘Simple catchy tune marred by one or two doubtful harmonic progressions squeezed in, presumably, to show there are no flies on this composer. Words should appeal to the very young’. (Music in Education 1963)

 
 
     
 
 
  Mr.Pennyfather
£1.50
 
  (Music by June Clark: words by David Dixon) CM2508  
 
This strange old man was always dreaming of a better place to be rather than where he actually was. His wishes seem eventually to come true and at the end of the song he just ‘disappeared from view’. The accompaniment trots hopefully along in the outer verses while in the middle becomes more reflective as the old man dreams. As he finally floats away to his ‘Isle of Gladness’ the piano too gradually peters out. Key is E minor, Simple Duple time, and vocal range is B just below Middle C to E flat an octave above. (Newly published 2005)
 
 
     
 
 
  The Miller
£1.50
 
  (Music by June Clark: words by David Dixon) CM2511  
 
With perhaps some apologies to Schubert this song is supported by a turning semiquaver accompaniment to suggest the mill wheel while the voice sings a jaunty melody above. The miller seems happy enough with the company only of his cats. The wheel gradually slows down and stops at the end of the song. Key is D minor, Simple Duple time, and vocal range is D above Middle C to E an octave above. (Newly published 2005)
 
 
     
 
 
  The Colonel’s Gallop
£1.50
 
  (Music by June Clark: words by David Dixon) CM2510  
 
Colonel Hadly Gadly Brown is a typical extrovert, who has the effrontery to ride through the town…on a rhinocerous, dressed in a top hat and dressing gown! He gallops away, on an on, unable to stop and finally vanishes out of town and over the hills. The piano accompanies the excitement with a non-stop galloping rhythm. Key is F major, Compound Duple time, and vocal range is F above Middle C to F an octave above. (Newly published 2005)
 
 
     
 
 
  Captain Leather
£1.50
 
  (Music by June Clark: words by David Dixon) CM2509  
 
The sea captain is a jolly fellow who thrives on weather, good or bad, singing his songs, and dancing the hornpipe, despite the gales and waves. The accompaniment is a jolly hornpipe throughout. The Key is F major, Simple Duple time, and the vocal range is from Middle C to E an octave above. (Newly published 2005)
 
 
     
 
 
  Spring Breezes (two part song)
£1.50
 
  (Music by June Clark: words by David Dixon) CM2512  
 

Written as a two-part canon for two treble voices, this song can be sung if preferred by Voice 1. The song has lilting accompaniment and the words tell how the breeze passes ‘softly, invisibly over the grasses’. It is a gentle evocation of spring and how the breeze brings out the smells of rain and the countryside, yet we do not know whence the breezes come or where they go. Key is F major, Compound Duple Time, and vocal range D above Middle C to F an Octave above (Newly published 2005)

Four short unison songs by June Clark with amusing words by David Dixon: The Miller, Og, Captain Leather and The Colonel’s Gallop. With their simple, catchy tunes and a relatively easy but descriptive piano accompaniment all four of these are accessible to a beginner/medium standard choir. Young children will find these very entertaining words; words such as ‘Rode a rhinocerous round the town’ in ‘The Colonel’s Gallop’ will go down a treat as will the use of a funky version of the sailor’s hornpipe in the accompaniment of ‘Captain Leather’

Music Teacher Magazine (August 2006)

 
 
     
  ANTHEMS  
     
 
 
  O Saviour Christ
£2.50
 
  (1966 Music by June Clark: words by David Pepin) S.S.A. with organ CM2507  
 

This anthem was originally composed for the wedding service of the composer and David Pepin, held in the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St.Alban in 1966 and sung by the choristers. The words are a compilation from the scriptures.
Scored for Soprano, Mezzo Soprano and Alto it is suitable to be used as a wedding or a communion anthem, especially at Whitsuntide, and sung either by boys or women. It begins and ends in reflective mood. The middle section is based upon petitions to the Lord Jesus whilst the final section gathers momentum in an ecstatic moment of joy and the plea ‘Come Lord Jesus, Come’, before ending as it began in quiet peace.

This prayer to the Saviour derives its gathering intensity from staggered entries, especially at the beginning and end. But its real strength comes from its long chordal sections, which give it a harmonic weight and drive that will be very familiar to fans of Matthias.

Music Teacher (November 2006)

 
 
     
  CHORAL (General)  
 
 
     
  Missa Brevis (2006 Music by June Clark: words traditional)
Short setting of the Mass/Eucharist for Parish/Church Choirs with organ.
 
 
S.A. + organ CM2513 M-708063-51-3
£3.95
 
 
S.A.T.B.+ organ CM2514 M-708063-52-0
£4.50
 
 
Treble Voices CM2513b M-708063-54-4
£0.75
 
 
Though originally conceived in the 1970s as a result of a commission for a work suitable for congregation and choir from the Church of our Lady of Lourdes in Harpenden, the work was never published as the publisher then ceased business. So the work has been resurrected and updated, and the first performance given by Our Lady of Lourdes Choir in 2006. There are two versions of the Mass, for Trebles and Altos, which can be used congregationally too, (using the Treble Voices leaflet), and a full choir version S.A.T.B. for the more traditional choir. The Two-part version can also be used in other combinations, such as Tenor and Bass, Soprano and Bass, or just women and men, or finally just the Voice 1 line sung in unison. The work is of medium difficulty for both choir and organ. It is written in a contemporary style with modal overtones, including The Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei, and can be sung in Greek/Latin or English.

June Clark clearly had her thinking hat on for her Missa Brevis. Essentially written for SA, she gives an entire page of alternative pairings (including all the male voices) which could still produce the desired effect. And having provided the English option throughout, she has also kindly covered the usual problem of differing note values from the Greek/Latin. The organ part provides a lot throughout, but the vocal parts are great, with some excellent, scrunching close harmonies. The whole setting has a slightly Byzantine feel, the Kyrie and Agnus hinting at ancient chants, and a real mediaeval fanfare for the Gloria. It will take some work to avoid rough edges, and at 22 pages the Missa is not actually all that Brevis; but the brevity is greatly aided by the pragmatic absence of a Credo. Highly recommended to stimulate church or chapel repertoire.

Music Teacher (November 2006)

 
 
     
 
CAROLS for churches or schools
 
     
 
 
 
Let us light a Candle to the Christ Child
£1.50
 
 
(1966 Music and words by June Clark) S.A.T.B. Carol CM2504
 
 
For four-part unaccompanied choir in A minor this simple little carol asks that the light of the candle should lead us to Bethlehem where we will see the Christ Child. It begins with a solo line for a treble or alto and each verse is for S.A.T.B. with an optional tenor or soprano solo in verse 2 accompanied by humming choir. It was composed in 1966 for the choir of The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St.Alban, and was first performed there that year at the Nine Lessons and Carols.

‘June Clark’s ‘Let us light a candle’ for SATB is a miniature of surpassing simplicity. From one viewpoint it tells us nothing new; from another it breathes a genuine innocence reminding our intellects that Christmas is all about a child.’ (Musical Times 1966)

‘Modal style setting of impressive but simple words. No difficulties in this attractive carol which earns full marks for originality. Optional alternative in second verse features tenor or soprano with humming chorus.’ (Music in Education 1966)

 
 
     
 
 
  Sleep now O Babe of Bethlehem
£1.50
 
  (1967 Music and words by June Clark) S.A.T.B. Carol CM2505
 
 
This four-part unaccompanied carol is in E minor and is in the style of a cradlesong to the baby Jesus this carol has two verses, with soprano and alto singing the words above a soft humming accompaniment from tenors and basses. A louder middle section gives the words to all parts, and leads into a rocking lullaby. The second verse has a lengthened lullaby section to bring the carol to a quiet, reflective ending, resolving for the first time on a major chord, as the babe lies sleeping.
 
 
     
 
 
  A Stable in Bethlehem
£1.95
 
  (1966 Music and words by June Clark) UNISON carol (with piano accompaniment)  
  For Schools or Churches (with optional second part) CM 2506
 
 
This carol was composed for the children of Chaulden Junior School, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, and first performed by them. It was also sung at the St.Albans and District Primary Schools Festival Association Carol Service of 1985. A straightforward setting of three verses, the middle one of which has an optional second part, which also reappears at the end. The piano accompaniment is moderately easy.
 
 
     
 
 
     
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