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Graham Parsons

Composer

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Biography

Graham Parsons studied music composition under Douglas Lilburn and David Farquhar at Victoria University and Karlheinz Stockhausen in Cologne, Germany. He taught at various schools in England and, after completing post-graduate study in music education in London, he returned to lecture at Palmerston North College of Education. He has had considerable experience in conducting amateur choirs, operatic groups and orchestras, and was the founding conductor of the Renaissance Singers.

Graham considers himself to be essentially a community composer, and has written a variety of works over the years, which have been performed both locally and nationally. His Missa Brevis was premiered by the Renaissance Singers and has subsequently been performed by the Wellington Catholic Cathedral and the Auckland Holy Trinity Cathedral choirs. His setting of Psalm 97, Sing a New Song to the Lord, won the Auckland Choral Society competition to celebrate their 150 years and was performed by the Society as part of their July 2006 concert. Secondary School choirs have chosen his choral works for the “Big Sing” and he was recently commissioned by Massey University to compose ceremonial music, which is performed at the university graduations. He was commissioned to compose an Anniversary Mass which was first performed by the Renaissance Singers in 2015. Sounds from Home was premiered by the Palmerston North Choral Society in 2019. Other recent performances of his works include the Chamber Opera, The Help Desk workshopped by an Auckland group, The Opera Factory, in 2016 and an orchestral work, Dance Class, performed in Auckland by the St Matthew’s Orchestra in 2017.


Composed (61)

Cello Works No. 3

for cello and piano, 4m


A Southern Carol

for SATB choir


An Overture in the French Style

for recorder consort, 5m


Arohaina mai

for SSATTB


By the Rivers of Babylon (SATB)

for SATB choir with optional piano and/or drum accompaniment, 3m 10s


By the Rivers of Babylon (SSA)

for SSA choir with optional piano and/or drum accompaniment, 3m 10s


By the Rivers of Babylon (TTB)

for TTB choir with optional piano and/or drum accompaniment, 3m 10s


Camptown Races

for recorder quartet


Cello Works No. 1

for cello and piano, 7m 20s


Cello Works No. 2

for cello and piano, 4m 20s


Changing the Clocks - Trials of the Digital Age

for SAB choir with optional accompaniment, 2m 20s


Changing the Clocks - Trials of the Digital Age

for SSA choir with optional accompaniment, 2m 20s


Changing the Clocks - Trials of the Digital Age

for TTB choir with optional accompaniment, 2m 20s


Changing the Clocks - Trials of the Digital Age

for SATB choir with optional accompaniment, 2m 20s


Cradled in a Manger

for SATB unaccompanied choir


Dance Class

for orchestra


Dance Solo 1

for recorder sextet, 4m


Dance Solo II

for recorder sextet, 4m


Gaudete - A Renaissance Carol

for recorder ensemble, 4m


Hodie Christus Natus Est

for unaccompanied SATB choir, 3m


If Fancy Would Favour

for soprano or mezzo and piano


In the bush

for piano


Laudate Dominum

for two choirs and optional instrumental ensemble


Laudate Dominum (Psalm 150)

for SATB with optional piano accompaniment, 2m 30s


Make We joy

for unaccompanied SATB choir and SA choir or SA soloists, 3m


Mass of the Holy Spirit

for congregation with piano or organ accompaniment


Missa Brevis

for unaccompanied SATB choir, 10m


Missa Brevis

for unaccompanied SSA choir, 10m


Nicholas the First

for SATB choir


Nicholas the First (SAB)

for SAB choir


Nicholas the First (SSA)

for SSA choir


Piano Study 1a

for solo piano


Psalm 129. Out of the Depths

for four-part women's voices and piano, 3m 30s


Saint Cecilia

for SATB choir and organ, 4m 15s


Saturday Rain

for TBB choir with optional piano accompaniment


Sing a New Song to the Lord

for SATB choir and organ, 5m


Sing Your Praises

for two choirs and optional instrumental ensemble


Sonata for Clarinet and Piano

for clarinet and piano, 10m


Sonata for Violin and Piano

for violin and piano, 20m


Songs of Creatures Great and Small

for unacompanied SATB choir, 9m


Songs of the Silver Poets

for soprano or mezzo-soprano and piano


Stopover in Denver

for recorder consort, 3m 30s


The Driving Lesson

for SAB with piano accompaniment


The Driving Lesson

for SATB with piano accompaniment


The Driving Lesson

for TBB choir and piano


The Driving Lesson

for SSA or TTB with piano accompaniment


The Help Desk

a chamber opera, 20m


Three Curnow Songs

for unaccompanied SATB choir, 5m


Three Pieces for Clarinet

for clarinet and piano


Three Pieces for Violin and Piano

for violin and piano


Three Shakespeare Songs

for unaccompanied SATB choir, 7m


When Music Sounds

for soprano and piano