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Upper voices

The Saga of the Seven Days - a 25-minute cantata for upper voices with piano accompaniment, also available with orchestral accompaniment.  Commissioned by the National Youth Choir of Scotland and published by them.

Seven Planets and a Cosmic Rock - a 30-minute cantata for upper voices with piano accompaniment, also available with orchestral accompaniment (full symphony orchestra or flexiband).  Commissioned by the National Youth Choir of Scotland and published by them.

Going for Gold - a 15-minute cantata for upper voices with piano accompaniment (also available with orchestral accompaniment) on the subject of sports events, with the intention of linking it to the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games or similar international competitions.  Commissioned by the National Youth Choir of Scotland and published by them.

Tartan Terrors - a set of five songs with texts by Derek Roberts: The Loch Ness Monster, The Kelpie, The Wee Gigelorum, The Wild Haggis and Bogle Boogie.  Commissioned by the National Youth Choir of Scotland.  First performance 29 March 2016.

Five Auden Songs
Settings of poems by W. H. Auden for upper voices and piano.
The Willow-Wren and the Stare
Make this night loveable (Nocturne II)
Dear, though the night is gone
If I Could Tell You (But I can't) 
The Love Feast
Published by Goodmusic.  You can see the whole score and hear it played on your computer on their website
They are also available for solo voice and piano.

A Scottish Four Seasons
Four new poems by Alexander McCall Smith, set for upper voices and piano.  Published by Goodmusic.  You can see the whole score and hear it played on your computer on their website.  They are also available for solo voice and piano.

Songs of Solomon
Verses from the Song of Solomon (King James version) for three-part upper voices, piano and clarinet solo, 7 minutes long, soon to be published by Goodmusic. You can read the text here and hear it played on a computer here.  Commissioned by GLITS.  First performance 11 June 2016.

Short pieces:

Nearly there, a pentatonic melody setting a new text by Louise Cunningham about the pleasure and pain of a long walk in the country.  Unison voice and piano.  In singbronze 2 from the National Youth Choir of Scotland.

‘My boots are hurting, I’m weary, the rain is lashing, the darkness is eerie.  Please tell me that we’re nearly there.’  My year 7 classes love the sturdy rhythms of ‘Nearly there’ by Tom Cunningham, one of 30 songs commissioned by the National Choir of Scotland (NYCoS).  The harmony of the piano accompaniment is sophisticated, but the well-shaped melody is easy to sing, one of ten pentatonic songs that form the singbronze 2 songbook. ... Ring-bound, these books actually stay open on the music stand.  Highly recommended.
Andrew Leach, Director of Music at Ipswich School, Music Teacher, December 2009

Bogle Boogie, the new text by Derek Roberts on the subject of a Bogle (a Scottish sprite that loves to play tricks on humans, especially children). Unison with optional second voice, and piano.  In singsilver 2 from the National Youth Choir of Scotland.

Up in the morning early!: Robert Burns' well-known text (Up in the morning's no' for me, up in the morning early!) to a mixture of 6/8 and 3/4.  Unison with optional second voice, and piano. In singgold 2 from the National Youth Choir of Scotland.

The Boatman (Fear a' bhàta), a beautiful, haunting Gaelic song arranged for SSA with piano accompaniment.  Published and sold by Goodmusic/Roberton.

A Silver Lining, a bright and cheerful song on "the power of positive thinking" with simple two- and three-part writing for equal voices and piano accompaniment. Published by Hinshaw HMC-1351, it can be purchased from Hal Leonard or, for UK and other European customers, from Music Shop Europe.   See a sample.  Watch and listen to it on YouTube.

The Duke of Perth (and other Scottish reels), a typical sequence of Scottish reel tunes arranged for two-part choir and piano.  The voices sing nonsense sounds as in traditional Gaelic mouth music.  Published and sold by Goodmusic/Roberton

Patapan, a new setting of the traditional text, with words in English or French, for two-part choir and piano.  Published and sold by Goodmusic/Roberton.

Three Donkeys, a Christmas song for unison or two-part children's voices with piano accompaniment. Published by the Royal School of Church Music in The Carol Book (Catalogue No: M570180639).  See a sample.

Sweet was the song that Mary sang, an unaccompanied Christmas piece for upper voices SSSAA available from Tom Cunningham.  You can see the first three pages here and listen here.