Choral and Vocal music
Choral Music forms a substantial part of JOHN HEARNE’S list of works to date. Since his school days he has been associated with choirs of all kinds, ranging from madrigal groups to the 250-voice Scottish National Orchestra Chorus. As a student at Aberystwyth University in the 1960’s, he sang in, and later conducted, the celebrated Elizabethan Madrigal Singers and toured with them as singer and conductor to the USA, Austria, England and Iceland. His great-uncle was the Founder President of the renowned Morriston Orpheus Male Voice Choir in South Wales in the 1930’s.
John Hearne is especially interested in the folk songs of Iceland (where he spent some time teaching music) and of the Celtic areas of the British Isles. Some of his folk song settings have recently been recorded on CD in Iceland by Hamrahlíðarkórinn on ITM 8-05 where they have proved very popular. His popular Gaelic carol Taladh Chriosta has recently appeared on CD performed by Cappella Nova (RTCD001).
Also on CD: Thaisa: Two’s Company (HSSM 1)
Every summer since 1978 John has worked for the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, managing the concerts of visiting choirs and chamber orchestras from all over the world.
Several of John Hearne’s pieces are suitable for youth choirs
Two have been performed by the National Youth Choir of GB, and several have been recorded and broadcast.
They include the Scottish songs:
- “The Seagull”
- “Kishmul’s Galley”
- “Mo chasan dhu”
- “Heman dubh”
- “Y Delyn Aur”
- “Y Glomen”
Motets and anthems:
- “Alleluya, a new work is come on hand”
- “Crux Fidelis”
- “Exultate Deo”
- “Lætatus Sum”
- “Contra Plagam” (with piano)
- “God Moves in a Mysterious Way”
For female voices:
- “Songs for all Seasons” (a cappella)
- “Nocturne, Alba and Rondeau” (with harp)
- “Dream Mare” (SSA with piano)
- “The Jumblies” (SSA with piano)
Icelandic Folk Songs
- Various Christmas carol arrangements