Based on the traditional Scottish folk song (which differs from the New Year's Eve song). Tenor solo, TTBB choir, tin whistle, guitar. Commissioned by Buffalo Gay Men's Chorus, directed by Barbara Wagner.
Review: The performance of “Auld Lang Syne” stood out most of all, as it takes a tune we think we are familiar with and added a lovely, ethereal quality with a tin whistle accompaniment that left a haunting memory in the auditorium. - Arnold Wayne Joyce, Dallas Voice, December 2010
Buffalo Gay Men's Chorus conducted by Barbara Wagner, 2009
Turtle Creek Chorale conducted by Jonathan Palant, 2010
Melbourne International Singers Festival, 2014
Duration: 5 min
BANUWA YO (2014)
Based on a traditional Liberian lullaby. SATB choir, a cappella, opt percussion. This arrangement created in response to the composer's visit to South Africa in January, 2014.
Premiere: Melbourne International Singers Festival, June 2014
Many performances since then by such ensembles as:
Voices Without Borders
Australian Catholic University MTeach students
Brunswick Secondary College
Hallelujah Gospel Choir
Queen's College Gospel Choir
Duration c 3 min
BRASS TRIO (1984)
B-flat trumpet, flugel horn, trombone
Premiere: The University of Melbourne student concert, 1984
Kathleen McGuire's inspirational a cappella arrangement of Underground Railroad hero Harriet Tubman has been published by Shawnee Press in three voicings since 2006 (SATB, TTBB, SSAA). It has been performed by thousands of choristers across the United States and Australia. It was selected as "Editor's Choice" by JW Pepper in 2008.
Review: This superb a cappella arrangement is an inspiring tribute to the heroism of Harriet Tubman. Vocal percussion effects, well-written harmonies, train sounds, and call-and-response singing work together to create a wonderful choral tapestry perfect for a district or festival choir women's feature. "Come on up, puh, huh, huh, I got a lifeline, come on up to this train o' mine..." - JW Pepper
SSAA voicing commissioned by the Peninsula Women's Chorus, California (2017)
SATB voicing commissioned by the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco (2008)
TTBB voicing included by the Turtle Creek Chorale (Dallas, Texas) in its 25th Anniversary Collection (2006)
The arrangement was premiered by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus in 2002.
SATB choir and piano. Words from "Music" by Juhan Liiv (1864 - 1913) from Snow Drifts, I Sing: Selected Poems, edited by Jüri Talvet, translated from Estonian by Jüri Talvet and H. L. Hix (Guernica Editions, 2013). Music inspired by 16th century Estonian folksong: Mu süda, ärka üles (Awake, my heart). Commissioned by Sarah Penicka-Smith and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir for their 25th anniversary and in memory of pianist Gareth Chan.
SATB/SAB choir, piano/organ and chamber orchestra (22.214.171.124 0.1.1.1 perc, strings). Choral part is especially suitable for children and community choirs. Traditional Latin/Greek text. Commissioned by Geelong Grammar School in memory of beloved teacher Deborah Heather Anne Clingeleffer-Woodford (1959-2016). The work includes a variety of styles and influences, including Syrian and South African folk music, British choral tradition and contemporary popular music.
1. Kyrie Eleison
2. Gloria in Excelsis Deo
5. Agnus Dei
Duration: 21 minutes
(Available publicly from January 1, 2018)
NATURAL DISTURBANCE (Dec 1983)
Untuned percussion (triangle, tambourine, suspended cymbal, rattle, castanets, whip, snare drum, gong, bass drum) Premiere: The University of Melbourne student event. Duration: c. 3 min.
SSAA choir, soloists, piano, violin, acoustic guitar, bass guitar or tuba, 3 trumpets, hand percussion (essential: piano/guitar, percussion)
1. Because (spoken)
2. The Next Day (McGuire)*
3. Victim No More (McGuire)
4. Hide Me (Green)*
5. The Road Ahead (Green)
6. Bride Price (Green)
7. Making No Excuses (McGuire)
Composed in collaboration with Christina Green. Choral song suite based on true stories of resilience by women survivors of family violence. Phase 1 of the project, completed in 2015, was commissioned by the Big West Festival, presented by the School of Hard Knocks with support from a Creative Victoria grant.
*Phase 2 of the project was completed in 2016 with assistance from a Brimbank City Council grant.
Performances (Phase 1):
Big West Festival, Footscray Victoria Australia, Nov 20 and 21, 2015. Conducted by Kathleen McGuire.
White Ribbon Day, Sunshine Hospital, Nov 25, 2015
Stair Climb event, Crown Metropol - fund raiser for the Luke Batty Foundation, Nov 27, 2015
International Women's Day, Brimbank City Council, March 8, 2015
Rotary District 9800 Conference, Alumburra Theatre, Bendigo, March 13, 2016
Iwaki Auditorium (recorded for ABC-TV special), Melbourne, March 20, 2016
ABC-TV program Breaking the Cycle, aired April 1, 2016 ("Victim No More")
'Safe Steps' Candlelight Vigil, Federation Square, Melbourne, May 4, 2016
Brisbane International Singers Festival, June 2016
Performances (Phase 2):
Melbourne International Singers Festival, Melbourne Recital Hall, June 12, 2016
Mentone Girls Grammar School choir, ("Victim No More"), Prudence Lewty Hall, Aug 26, 2016
8th annual Walk Against Family Violence, Federation Square, Nov 25, 2016
White Ribbon Day event, Moe Town Hall, Nov 26, 2016 ("Making No Excuses")
Latrobe Valley No Excuses! Project, Traralgon Sound Shell, March 4, 2017
"Amazing, reverent, inspiring, uplifting and emotional."
Finalist, The American Prize - professional choral composer division
Special Judges Citation, The American Prize
Latrobe Valley performance (March 2016) Community Event Award, Labtrobe City, Jan 26, 2017
Co-written with Jonathon Welch and Andy Payne. Soprano and tenor solo, SATB choir, piano, opt strings and percussion. Expanded orchestration available (by Steven Couch and McGuire) adds: harp, flute, oboe, penny whistle, French horn, drum kit, bass guitar. Additional double bass by Daniel Hughes. Traditional and original texts. Multi-movement in English, Latin and African languages.
World premiere: 7 June 2014 - Melbourne International Singers Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre, Australia, conducted by Jonathon Welch and Kathleen McGuire, presented by the School of Hard Knocks with soloists Liane Keegan, Danielle Matthews and Jonathon Welch.
1. Acknowledgement & Dedication
2. Introit - Requiem Aeternam
3. Ubi Caritas - Charity and Love
4. Kyrie Eleison - City Hymn
5. Dies Irae - Day of Judgement
6. Offertorium - Reflection*
7. Pie Jesu
8. Agnus Dei - Lamb of God
9. Gloria - Anthem of Empowerment
10. Lacrimosa - Night Tears
11. Lux Aeterna - Remember Them
US premiere: 25 January 2015 - Dallas, Texas, conducted by Jonathan Palant with soloists Frederica von Stade and Jonathon Welch.
Sydney premiere: 21 February 2015 - Honouring those who died in attacks at Martin Place and Paris. Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Cheryl Barker, soprano; Jonathon Welch, tenor. Conducted by Jonathon Welch and Kathleen McGuire.
Malvern Town Hall, Malvern, Vic, Australia Aug 2014 (Welch/McGuire)
Dallas, TX, USA Jan 25 2015 - Credo Choir, Dallas Street Choir (Jonathan Palant)
Brisbane, Australia 2015 - Brisbane International Singers Festival (Welch/McGuire)
Sunshine, Australia March 2015 (Welch/McGuire)
Old Presbyterian Church, San Francisco, CA, USA Aug 29 2015 (McGuire)
Congregational Church of San Mateo, CA, USA Aug 30 2015 (McGuire)
Traralgon, Vic, Australia March 5, 2016 (Welch/McGuire)
Seattle, WA, USA May 1, 2016 - Starbucks Chorus/James Hing
Boston MA, Sept 21, 2016 - (Welch)
New York City (Carnegie Hall), Sept 24, 2016 (Welch/McGuire)
San Jose, CA, USA Feb 15, 2017 - The Choral Project/Daniel Hughes
Santa Cruz, CA, USA Feb 18, 2017 - The Choral Project/Hughes
Launceston, TAS, Australia, April(?), 2017 (Welch)
Premiered by the Petra String Quartet at The University of Melbourne. Duration c 4 min
THE LORD'S PRAYER (6 Nov 1986)
Soprano and piano. English. Commissioned by Linda Thompson.
Premiered by Linda Thompson at St. Mary’s Church, Fitzroy, November, 1986
Performed by Linda Thompson as the Australian composer selection at several competitive Eisteddfods on her way to winning the prestigious Sun Aria contest in 1990
Duration c. 3 min
VIVA L'AMOUR (2018)
SATB and piano arrangement of the traditional French song, also known as Viva la Compagnie. Verses are sung in English, with new words written especially for the massed choir for Gay Games 10 in Paris.
Gala Concert, Casino de Paris, Gay Games 10, Paris, France, August 2018
Rotunda Concert, Gay Games 10, Paris, France, August 2018
Main Stage Concert, Hotel de Ville, Gay Games 10, Paris, France, August 2018
CLICK HERE to purchase copies or request a perusal score. For published works, contact the publisher directly (click on the image thumnails). See also Kathleen's ARRANGEMENTS.