Choral / Voice

Karen Wimhurst has written extensively for voices, from art songs through to large scale choral works with inspiration from classical , traditional and jazz genres. Collaborating with poets alongside writing her own material she works through the lens of poetic imagery and found text through to spun melody, polyphony, experimental harmony and dramatic use of texture. 

A selection of works

Unearthing acappella SATB

This is a set of three acappella choral pieces.  Although they have different commissioning origins were all due to be performed at the Sing Eden at the Eden Project September 2020. 


Translated by Reeds              

Choral work celebrating the Waveney Valley.  Collaboration with poet Joanna Guthrie.  Commissioned by Waveney and Blyth Arts.  Premiered 2012.


A Candle                                

One of four composers contributing choral works to a song cycle celebrating  Amnesty’s 50th anniversary 2011.  14 performances through UK 2011 – 2012 with finale at South Bank Festival of the Voice.   Ashley Wood Festival 2013.   PRSF commission for VoiceProject.



Song settings of poems by Micheal Symmons Roberts  for baritone and piano.  Commissioned York Late Music Festival 07


A Letter to the World            

Settings of poetry by Emily Dickinson for choir.

Commissioned by the Norwich and Norfolk Festival.  Premiere May 2004.  Next performance Festival of the Voice, Plymouth University 2006.


Heartwood Inside Out Festival,

Springhead Ash Conference 2017.  Choral procession for choir and children’s choir, celebrating the Ash tree.  In collaboration with ecologist and sound artist Dr Adrian Newton

Ideas of Flight

One of four composers contributing choral works to the Ideas of Flight project.  Premiered Norwich and Norfolk and Festival 2013

We Breath Trees

Commission from Bristol Choral Society Dec. 2007.  Adult chorus, children’s choir, 8 piece brass ensemble, bass and drums.  Second performance Plymouth Choral soc. 2009. 

City Songs

Song cycle for orchestra, children’s choir; string quartet and soprano.  Commissioned by Welsh National Opera.  Premiered April 2003, Bristol. Second performance Cardiff Nov 2003 as part of the British Council Conference ‘A Sense of Place’.  3rd performance Birmingham Hippodrome June 2007

Blue Pearl

Work for jazz orchestra and children’s choirs.   Commissioned by the Pyramid Trust and Common Ground.  Premiere May 2000.

Dragon Pageant

Choral work. Bournemouth Sinfonietta and the

Norwich Festival Chorus Premiered October '94, St.Andrews Hall, Norwich.  Commissioned by the Norwich and Norfolk Festival

Commissioned by the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

The Song Of The falling Angel

(In memory of Lockerbie).  Choir, harp, sax, soprano and child soloist.  Premiered 1991. STV Broadcast networked December 1991. Commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festival

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Karen Wimhurst
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