Music

A major programme of digital expansion this year culminated in more than 500 choral titles being made available for download by customers globally, including the ability to print scores at home or display them on a tablet. Furthermore, going forward all our shorter choral titles will be published in both print and digital format.

 

New music publishing included The Oxford Book of Flexible Choral Songs, which offers variety songs drawn from across the ages in flexible scoring for community choirs; Popular Voiceworks at Christmas and Song Junction for school music lessons; and Oxford Book of Ceremonial Music for Organ and The Oxford Organ Library series for organists. We were also delighted to sign esteemed British composer James Whitbourn, and publish his works Apollo for organ and Solitude for mixed choir.

Elsewhere, OUP composers saw successes across the board with highlights including:

  • John Rutter’s O Waly, Waly being licensed to the feature film Emma
  • Cecilia McDowall’s Da Vinci Requiem premiering at the Royal Festival Hall, while her Everyday Wonders: The Girl from Aleppo premiered in Dubai
  • David Bednall’s Make We Merry premiering at St Peters in London, with its commercial recording releasing to critical acclaim
  • Vaughan Williams’ The Pilgrim’s Progress being performed at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester; and
  • David Childs’ arrangement for tenor tuba of Vaughan Williams' Tuba Concerto being released by Chandos Records.