When Sally was asked to run a choir at Cecil Sharp House in 2008 she found there was a severe lack of published, acappella harmony arrangements of Folk songs for choirs, particularly arrangements that achieve the transition from the traditional single voice to full choir in an unaffected way. So she set about writing them and this has been her main composing work over the past few years.
Having for long sung the polyphonic songs of the Caucasus and The Balkans I felt there was a profound need for chorally sung English folk songs to have something of the bite and power of these Eastern European songs. Their close and often surprising harmonies raise the hairs on the back of the listeners’ neck and are exhilarating for choirs to sing.
She has previously written much music for theatre.
And some for concert performance.
When the Devil Scratched the Earth , Movement 1, for Clarinet, accordion and two ‘cellos. This piece led to her becoming a Short-listed composer with spnm (Society for the promotion of New Music) http://www.soundandmusic.org/
Out and About Tango for brass band has been played on several occasions by the award-winning Thorseby Colliery Brass Band www.thoresbyband.co.uk .