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Shirley Thompson Music » Scores Catalogue

OPERA & MUSIC THEATRE

A CHILD OF THE JAGO an Opera in 2 Acts

8 Solo Voices, Chorus, Instrumental Ensemble. 90’

SPIRIT OF THE MIDDLE PASSAGE

3 Female Voices, Speaker and Chamber Orchestra. 15’ 20”

LOVE SCREAM

Speaker, Soprano, Violin. 12’

INCIDENTS IN THE LIFE OF A SLAVE GIRL

Solo Voices, Piano score. 55’


CONTEMPORARY DANCE

Music for PUSH (SHIFT)

Choreography by Russell Maliphant. Solo Cello and String  Quintet. 15’

BLUE FOR YOU

Choreography by Jane Sekonya. Solo cello 15’

THE SPACE BETWEEN

Choreography by Edward Watson. Cello & Piano 5’ 36”


ORCHESTRAL

New Nation Rising: A 21st Century Symphony

Orchestra, Solo Voices, Spoken Word Artist, Choir, Dhol Drummers/Talking Drums, Kit Drum . 40’ 18”

SPIRIT OF THE MIDDLE PASSAGE

3  Female Voices, Speaker and Chamber Orchestra. 15’ 26”

Oslo Odyssey, Concerto for Viola and Orchestra Strings, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Harp, Percussion, Timpani. 7’ 25”

The Woman Who Refused to Dance

Soprano, Spoken Word Artist, Orchestra 5’

PRECIOUS SKIES

Soprano, Speaker, Orchestra. 7’ 50”

NIGHT MOVES

Orchestra (including Kit Drum) 6’ 36”

3 MOVEMENTS FOR STRINGS

String Orchestra. 15”30


VOCAL/ CHORAL/SPOKEN WORD

SPIRIT OF THE MIDDLE PASSAGE

3 Female Voices, Speaker and Chamber Orchestra. 15’ 26”

The Woman Who Refused to Dance

Soprano, Spoken Word Artist, Instrumental Ensemble .4’ 50”

TRANSITION

Solo Voice/Speaker, String Quintet, Percussion, Kit Drum. 12’ 36”

TAPESTRY

Song Trilogy for Soprano, String Quintet, Kit Drum and Percussion. 14’ 20”

Voices of Change

Speaker, SSB Voices, Trumpet, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Piano, Percussion. 6’ 36”

FOREVER

Solo voices, Choir & Orchestra. 5’ 35”

SMILING WARRIOR

Male Voice, Violin, Piano, Speaker. 5’ 25”

ST GEORGE’S SONG

SATB & Piano. 5’ 20”

DEEP RIVER

Arr. Samuel Coleridge Taylor for String Quintet. 5’ 10”

SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE A MOTHERLESS CHILD

Arr. Samuel Coleridge Taylor for String Quintet. 5’ 45”

BLUE FOR YOU TOO

Soprano, Solo Cello, 2 Violins, Viola, Double Bass. 14’ 10”

URBAN LIVING

Solo Piano, String Quintet, Percussion & Kit drum, Spoken Word Artist. 8’ 36”

FOR CLARA

String Quintet, Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion & Kit drum, Spoken Word Artist. 4’ 46”

NO TURNING BACK

Singer, String Quintet, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion & Kit Drum. 4’ 30”

CALL ON ME

Singer and Band. 4”20’


INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE

BLUE FOR YOU

Solo Cello & String Quinte1. 15’

URBAN LIVING

Solo Alto Flute, String quintet, Percussion, Kit Drum. 7’ 56”

URBAN LIVING 2

Solo Piano, String Quintet, Percussion & Kit drum, Spoken Word Artist. 8’ 36”

STRING QUARTET NO. 1

String Quartet. 12’ 30”

MAYBE TOMORROW

Arr. Stephen Sondheim for String Quartet, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Kit Drum. 4’ 30”

DREAMLAND

Arr. Bunny  Wailer for String Quintet, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano,  Kit Drum. 5’ 30”

3 MOVEMENTS FOR STRINGS

String Orchestra. 12’ 40”

WILDFIRE

Strings, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpet, Trombone, Timpani. 5’ 20”

TRANSITION

Solo Cello, String Quintet, Trumpet, Trombone,  Piano, Kit Drum, Percussion. 12’ 36”

CHANGES

Trio for Violin, Cello & Piano. 7’ 56”

NITEMOVE

Solo Cello, String Quintet, Piano, Trumpet, Trombone, Drum Kit, Percussion. 4’36”

SONG OF DAWN

Alto Sax, Bass Clarinet, String Quintet, Marimba, Percussion. 8’20”

VISIONS

Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpet, Trombone, Violin, Cello, Percussion. 12’20”

REDEMPTION SONG

Arr. Bob Marley for Solo Trumpet, String Quintet, Piano, Trombone, Kit Drum, Percussion. 3’ 50”

WALK ON BY

Arr. B. Bacharach for String Quintet, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Kit Drum, Percussion. 4’ 45”

SEMPLICE

Violin, flute & Piano. 5’ 25”


INSTRUMENTAL

MEDITATION

Solo Piano. 9’ 28”

BALLADE

Solo Piano. 7’ 48”

A LITTLE RAIN

Solo Piano. 4’ 10’

SUSPECTED

Solo Piano. 4’ 37”

BLUE IRIS

Solo Cello. 14’ 05”

MIXED EMOTIONS

Violin & Piano. 12’ 48”

MIGHTY MANDELA

Solo Alto Flute. 7’ 35”


FILM,TELEVISION

Diverse Orchestras (Tx BBC 2)

Music Search (Tx Channel 4)

Big Noise, Small Forces (Tx Channel 4)

Laid to Rest (Independent distr.)

The Londoners (Tx LWT )

Anansi Fantasia (Tx Carlton TV)

Memories in Mind (Tx BBC 2)

Hearsay (Tx BBC 2)

South of the Border (Tx BBC2)

Movement and Light (Tx Channel 4)


MULTI-MEDIA PERFORMANCE

NEWHAM SYMPHONY MULTI MEDIA SPECTACULAR

Video, Choir, Orchestra, & Dancers. 40’45”

VOICES OF CHANGE

Video, Speaker, SST voices, Trumpet, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Piano, Percussion. 6’ 36”

DISTRICT LINE BLUES

Video, Instrumental Ensemble.  7’ 30”


RECORDINGS

New Nation Rising CD: A 21st Century Symphony (SP001, 2004) with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Solo Singers, Choir and Speaker

Music for the contemporary ballet, PUSH, featuring the Shirley Thompson Ensemble. MP3

Summer Notes CD & DVD: Shirley Thompson Ensemble Live in the Purcell Room

Spirit of the Middle Passage CD, performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra and soloists

Diverse Orchestras DVD: BBC documentary featuring Shirley Thompson with three other British composers working innovatively with orchestral medium

The Woman Who Refused to Dance MP3: for Solo Voice, Speaker & Orchestra

Voices of Change: 100 Days of Barack Obama as President of the US, MP3.

Singing & Dancing for a Cohesive Society. MP3 of BBC Radio 3 broadcast, part of the Free Thinking Festival 2008 of 100 British cultural leaders.

NEW NATION RISING: A 21ST CENTURY SYMPHONY DVD

PUBLICATION

The Woman Who Refused to Dance: a Musical Composition. Moving Worlds Journal of Transcultural Writings, Volume 7, no. 2, 2007. Pub. Moving Worlds, Leeds University