A Child Like Me
A soul enriching piece written by Bonnie Nilsson with Paul, which will inspire your choir and touch the hearts of the audience. This piece examines what life is like for a child in 21st Century. Well suited to junior choirs...
Anything I Dream
Anything I Dream is a lively, powerful, yet heart-warming piece about what we can all dream and achieve. Very well suited to graduation events and finale concerts this piece will inspire your singers and audience...
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers is a stirring tribute to the Anzacs and more specifically, the 'old boys' of The Southport School in Queensland who served Australia in conflicts abroad. Over 75% of the school enlisted in the Great War and many never came home. Well suited to male choirs and the perfect piece for Anzac Day commemorations. Also available with strings, brass and percussion accompaniment.
A message of hope and inspiration in the style of African folk music, dedicated to Hugh Evans, founder of the Oaktree Foundation, Global Poverty Project, and an ambassador for foriegn aid. This uplifting piece is also a celebration of youth and positive change. We recognise the great people who do great things. Also available with orchestra.
Black and Gold
A quirky, yet philosophical take on being a child coming of age into the changing world of the 21st Century. Has been a surprise hit with upper primary and early high school singers as it also confronts the issues facing the 'i' generation and how we deal with consumerism and greed.
A journey to the heart of where we belong - home. A moving piece well suited to the XMAS concert finale or special event. Coming Home was commissioned for the finale of the Canberra Carols by Candlelight in 2012 and is available with concert band accompaniment.
Devil Run Wild
Come on a wild ride in honour of the largest marsupial carnivore living in the world - The iconic Tasmanian Devil. Paul worked with scientists and conservationists to inspire this unique piece that brought the house down in 2006 at Hobart Choral Fest and has since become the voice of the plight to save the Tassie Devil.
Dreaming in the Sky
One of Paul's much loved classics for children. The perfect piece for that 'special moment' in your concert and appropriate for competitions and festivals as well. A delightful melody and lyric about the beauty of childhood, global awareness, acceptance of all cultures and most importantly the joy of being in the moment. Also available with orchestra.
Find the Way Home
Part two from the Song Cycle 'Island Heroes.' Dedicated to the Nona children of Badu Island, who in 2004 survived for one week in the ocean after their boat capsized. One of the great survival stories of modern times and a fascinating true story for singers and audiences to learn. Also available with strings.
Follow Your Dreams
A thrilling journey around the world with solo sailor Jesse Martin. In 1999, Jesse became the youngest person to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world. He was personally thanked by President Bill Clinton and received recognition from many world leaders. For ten months, Jesse’s adventure brought the world together. From then on he was known as the “Lionheart’. Also available with strings.
Freedom From Fear
A dedication to the Karen people of Burma who have suffered under a brutal 60 year civil war. This piece will touch the heart of your singers and audience, and educate them in the plight of real people living in fear who need our help. Singing pieces for those in need is one way to make a difference to this world.
An inspirational and moving tribute to one of the greatest leaders of our time, Aung San Suu Kyi. An epic telling of her story and Burma's struggle for freedom. Highly recommended for high school and adult choirs. An important story to share with the world. Unite and educate each other in what really matters. This is the only choral piece written for Aung San Suu Kyi.
Guruwull is an exciting collaboration between Paul and Dharawal Aboriginal Elder, Les Bursill. Commissioned by The Voices of Sydney Choir in 2010, the piece was conceived through weeks of research and practical experience, engaging in country and culture. A valuable Indigenous story.
Icarus is an exciting piece with a powerful message for upper primary and teenage choirs. Uplifting melodies and contemporary harmonies in the style of romantic music inspire an evocative piece which appeals to all.
A stirring piece suited to massed finale. The finale to the Geelong College Sesquicentenary song cycle 'Teller of Stories'. It calls for a deeper understanding and connection to 'country'. Good for community choirs and festivals. Available with strings.
The first piece from the Geelong College Sesquicentenary Song Cycle 'Teller of Stories' is evocative, stirring and beautiful to sing. Featuring natural sound effects from the choir, and optional strings. A great opener to a concert with a positive environmental theme.
In Memory of an Unknown
From the Song Cycle for Year of the Outback in 2004. Written in the style of the Australian 'bush ballad', this piece tells the story of the early explorers and pioneers of the Australian outback and features strong melody and moving lyrics, appealing to all ages.
Journey Home is a stirring and evocative TTBB A cappella piece about the missing M24 Japanese Submarine which attacked Sydney Harbour in 1942 before being struck by allied torpedoes. With it's 2 crewman still inside, it lay on the bottom of the ocean not far from Sydney until 2006 when a team of amateur scuba divers made one of the most important discoveries in modern Australian history.
Let Go of My Hand
An exciting piece for male voices, particularly suited to teenage boys, as this piece is about coming of age, the adventure of life and making the leap into the awaiting journey.
Let Go the Long White Sails
Let go the Long White Sails is one of Paul's most well known and much loved pieces. Sung by all ages across the world, it tells the well-known story of coming of age, setting sail into a wide open sea and taking a risk to step into the unknown. Perfect for the big finale. Also features symphony orchestra and bagpipes if desired.
Love For the Turning World
A moving dedication to a young man who set out to change the world. This piece written for the 30th Anniversary of International Grammar Sydney is a positive and heart-warming message well suited to teenage choirs....
Paul's inspiring piece for Malala Yousafzai is a powerful and uplifting dedication to one of the most important people in the world today. Sing this piece for those who deserve freedom and respect, and sing this piece for the girls of the world who have the right to an education.
A thrilling and evocative journey with Moko the bottle-nose dolphin who became an international name when he rescued two pygmy sperm whales in the North Island of New Zealand. This lively piece is perfect for upper primary and is a recent favourite with choirs.
Orange Tree was commissioned by the International Grammar School Sydney, under the direction of Alison Housley, to honour the 30th Anniversary in 2014. It was composed by Bonnie Nilsson and Paul and is part of a moving three part song cycle, 'Love fo...
Our Time Has Come
Our Time Has Come is the finale piece to the song cycle "Love for the Turning World". Well suited to massed choirs for a finale or graduation....
A funky, upbeat, hip-hop/arabic choral work. Parkour is definitely different. A very exciting and challenging piece for upper primary or high school. A tribute to the global art of displacement. Also available with strings or orchestra.
Powerful, rousing and in important message for all, Pemulwuy has become a choral classic. The piece which has inspired it's own festival, been the finale and winning song in many festivals and competitions, and sung by all ages, Pemulwuy is a story that resonates with us all. Also available with strings. Contact Paul for parts.
Written for the 130th Anniversary of St Andrew's Cathedral School, Recognise is a tribute to the Indigenous people of Australia. A piece of soaring melodies, inspiring lyrics and hope...
Jessica Watson's solo voyage around the world in 2009 at the age of 16 inspired this exciting piece, full of rousing melodies and uplifting lyrics. A joy to sing and particularly suited to teenage girls. Well suited to the finale of your concert. Also available with concert band or orchestra.
A stirring and evocative piece dedicated to the Chinese miners from the Australian Gold Rush in the 1800's. Written in the style of Chinese folk music and featuring heart warming lyrics, this piece is very popular with choirs and a moving experience for audiences.
Set Me Free
Set Me Free is dedicated to a young Afghan refugee, Salima Haidary, born in Ghazni near Kabul, Afghanistan. This powerful work is inspired by her remarkable story, winner of the National Literary Award 2003. A must have for teenage choirs who want to sing about the events shaping our world today...
From the acclaimed Song Cycle 'Turn on the Open Sea', Shackleton is arguably one of Paul's most famous and popular works. It is the piece that launched Paul's choral career and has delighted singers and audiences worldwide. The story of Ernest Shackleton's Endurance expedition in 1914 is one of the greatest survival stories in the history of exploration. Paul's classic telling of it is an emotional and stirring piece loved by all. Available with strings.
Southern Sky is an anthem to inspire the learning of Aboriginal knowledge of the night sky. Very popular with upper primary, this lively piece is both entertaining and educational. Also available with orchestra.
A moving dedication to the Anzacs, written for the Centenary of the start of the Great War. A timeless anti-war song that tells and ancient story of love and loss. Lyrics based on the poem by Confucius...
The Sound of Our Home
Commissioned especially for the Kodaly Music Educators Institute of Australia for the 2014 National Conference, this piece is a moving and uplifting dedication to music and music making. A great finale piece that will move the audience to tears.
The Stars of Eureka
The finale of the song cycle 'Eureka' is a powerful, theatrical work that will challenge the singers and audience. With a strong message of liberty, this piece is both entertaining and educational for your singers. “Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties” John Milton, Areopagitica
The Will to Climb
One of Paul's most popular pieces, the Will to Climb was the finale piece to the 2003 Rugby World Cup. An uplifting anthem, well suited to massed choir and the finale, big events and festivals. Also available with symphony orchestra.
This is Your Time
This is Your Time was commissioned by Lowther Hall Anglican School for Girls in 2014. Paul worked with the school to create a special new anthem that would sit along side the school hymn, to inspire and excite, and to take the girls into the 21st Century. A terrific work for graduation or end of year finale concerts...
Time Enough to Give
A moving tribute to a young girl with leukaemia, Time Enough to Give is one of Paul's most popular songs and has been sung as tributes at weddings, funerals, and special events. It is very fitting for graduation ceremonies or that special moment in the program.
Towards Infinity is a deeply moving experience for singers and audience. With touching lyrics by Phil Voysey, this powerful dedication to adventurer Andrew McCauley has become one of Paul's most celebrated works.
Warri and Yatungka
One of Australia's most interesting modern stories, the Last of the Nomads, Warri and Yatungka lived in isolation from the world in the far reaches of the Western Australian desert for 3 decades. They returned to civilisation in the 1970's. A powerful work suited to all high school and adult choirs.
A dedication to the great Steve Irwin. Written by Andrew DeTeliga, this heart felt piece is suitable for all ages.