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Jillian Bray

Composer

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Born: 1939 Died: 2018

Biography

It is primarily as a writer of hymn tunes that Jillian is known. Of about fifty published hymns, most are to texts by Shirley Murray, who is among the foremost writers in her field. Jillian has also set to music texts by Brian Wren, Joy Dine, Rusty Edwards, Joy Cowley and others. In 1998 Jillian was nominated to the editorial board of the New Zealand Hymnbook Trust on which she served as a music editor for eighteen years. Alleluia Aotearoa (1993), Carol our Christmas (1996), and Faith Forever Singing (2000) published by NZHBT during this time, contain most of Jillian's output. Hope Publishing Company (USA) have published more recent hymns on line.

As a private piano teacher Jillian has written a number of pieces for pupils. Seventeen of these pieces (available from SOUNZ) appear in the St. Cecilia Examination syllabus, grades 3–8.

Jillian has directed several community choirs and sung in others. This has led her to write choral works on commission. Professor Peter Godfrey requested she write choral settings of some hymns for his Kapiti choirs; performed on the Coast and recorded for the television series Praise Be. Other choral works include: Anno Domine written in 2001 for Porirua City Choir and performed at St. Andrews on the Terrace and Te Papa, Centennial Anthem (2002) for the Khandallah Presbyterian Choir on the occasion of that church's centenary, and Jubilee (2006).

V8 vocal ensemble recently toured Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga, including in their programme Sing with me friends written especially for them; another setting with words by Shirley Murray.

From time to time Jillian responds to requests to write music for friends and family: a piano trio, a duet for flute and bass clarinet, solo songs, pieces for organ, occasional piano pieces; works to mark a friend's passing, weddings, farewells...


Composed (73)

A Seasonal Landscape

for piano, 9m 3s


All over creation

for unison singing with keyboard accompaniment


Alleluia Aotearoa!

for unison voices and piano


And Jesus said

for unison voices and piano


Anno Domini

for SSATB choir, 4m


Aspirations

for piano


Be their names remembered

for unison voices and piano


Broken the body

for unison voices and piano


Carol for a Dark Night

for SATB choir and piano, 2m


Christ is alive

for unison voices and piano


Church of the living Christ

for unison voices and piano


Come and find the quiet centre

for unison voices and piano


Come, Christmas Child (Calling)

for unison voices and keyboard


Come, teach us, Spirit of our God

for unison voices and piano


Daisy Dance

for piano duet, 2m


Darkness that Fell on Gethsemane

for unison or SATB choir


Dreaming

for piano, 2m


Five Bagatelles

for piano, 9m


Follow the way

for unison voices and piano


For the hurt that I create

for unison voices and piano


Gentle God

for unison voices and piano


Gentle is the way of Jesus

for unison voices and piano


Gloria

for SATB choir and keyboard


Glory! Glory!

for unison voices


Homage to Bach

for SATB choir and organ, 4m


In the quiet of this day

for unison voices and piano


In trust we come

for unison voices and piano


Insect Suite

for piano, 7m


Jesus, Saviour, Spirit, Sun

for unison voices and piano


Just as a Mother Sings

for unison voices and piano


Kapua (Clouds)

for piano, 3m


Lime and Soda

for piano, 2m


Little one, born to bring us such love

for unison voices and accompaniment


Little Romance

for piano, 2m


Longing

for organ, 1m 50s


Look Toward Christmas

for SAB choir and piano, 3m


Look toward Christmas!

for unison voices


Loss

for soprano and piano, 3m


Making Mischief

for piano, 1m


Mood of the Moment

for piano, 5m


O God, to You I Cry in Pain

for unison voices and piano


O little love who comes again

for unison voices and keyboard


O threefold God of tender unity

for unison voices and piano


Pauatahanui Blessing

for SATB choir


Peace to You, Sisters, Brothers

for unison voices and keyboard


Rena

for string trio, 5m 30s


Silent Spring Song

for unison voices and piano


Sing a carol for summer

for unison voices and keyboard


Sing With Me, Friends!

for vocal octet, 4m


Small things count

for unison voices and piano


Spirit of Springtime

for unison voices and keyboard


Stranger, standing at my door

for unison voices and piano


Summer Suite

for piano, 9m


Te Moana Blessing

for unison voices and piano


Teach us, O loving heart of Christ

for unison voices and piano


Thank you God

for unison voices and piano


The blessing of water

for unison voices and piano


There is no child so small

for unison voices and piano


Three Duets for Two Mums

for piano duet, 3m


Three Elegiac Fantasies

for piano, 9m 40s


Wata

for piano, 2m


We are the singers

for unison voices and piano


What have we done to you?

for unison voices and piano


Where are the voices for the earth?

for unison voices and piano


Where the Light of Easter Day

for unison voices and piano


Where the Love of God is Guiding

for unison voices and keyboard


Who are these who ride by starlight?

for unison voices and keyboard


Wind on the Water

for SSATB choir, 3m


Wind on the Water

for unison voices and piano, 3m


Wounded world

for unison voices and piano