Welcome to the music of Paul Jarman. The categories below will help you quickly find the right piece(s) for your program. ‘Themes’ is a convenient way to assist you. Each year new pieces are added to the ‘latest release’ section. Paul has also written chamber or symphony orchestra arrangements to many works. Review the information provided for each piece and contact Paul if you need any parts and scores or are interested in commissioning a special arrangement.
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All Compositions A-Z
A Child Like Me
An enriching piece written by Bonnie Nilsson and 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...
A Little Bit Mongolian
A lively piece inspired by the remarkable story of a young Australian boy from Scone who became the first non-Mongolian to race in the Naadam Horse Festival. Angus Paradice's story became the subject of an internationally awarded adventure film, and earned him Young Australian Adventurer of the Year...
A Little Bit Mongolian Cello Flute Score
An opportunity to see and hear the full ensemble for this piece. All information is the same as the choral score.
Part one 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.
Ancient City is one of Paul's most well known pieces. Co-written with Andrew DeTeliga, the perfect piece for your finale. Ancient City is stirring, powerful and evocative.
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. The perfect piece for Anzac Day commemorations. Also available with strings, brass and percussion accompaniment.
A message of hope and inspiration 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. 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.
One of the most daring escapes in history, the Catalpa rescue has been immortalised in song, poetry, books and film. Paul and Bonnie have collaborated for a new look at the incredible story of an international event during the early years of Australian settlement. Catalpa is a rousing and challenging piece for treble choirs....
Child of the Goldfield
A rollicking ride through the goldfields of Victoria in the lead up to the Eureka Stockade. A lively piece for upper primary in the style of a celtic hornpipe. Part of the song cycle trilogy 'Eureka'.
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.
Deep Deeper Deep
An sizzling piece of modern gospel music, full of inspiring lyrics, soaring gospel lines and classic jazz/blues grooves. An uplifting piece dedicated to the joy of singing gospel music and how music can soothe the soul...
Devil Run Wild
Come on a wild ride in honour of the largest marsupial carnivore in the world - The iconic Tasmanian Devil. Paul worked with scientists and conservationists to inspire this unique piece for the 2006 at Hobart Choral Fest..
Dreaming in the Sky
The perfect piece for that 'special moment' in your concert. About the beauty of childhood, global awareness, acceptance of all cultures and most importantly the joy of being in the moment.
Drinking Alone Under the Moon
A challenging six part work based on the Tang Dynasty Poet Li Bai's evocative poem. Well suited to adult choirs looking for a different sound, something theatrical and visual.
Eye of the Needle
Eye of the Needle from the song cycle 'Beyond the White Sails', loved by singers and audiences alike. A rollicking sea shanty; a joyful and powerful sing, and an engaging piece about the shipwreck coast of Victoria. Great for all ages.
Far Away Our Home
A lively jig in the style of celtic music, well suited to upper primary choir looking for a fun challenge. One of five songs from the song cycle 'Beyond the White Sails'. Tells the story of adventure, the thrill and risk associated with migrating to another land on the far side of the word in the 1800's.
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.
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.
Freedom From Fear
A dedication to the Karen people of Burma who have suffered under a brutal 60 year civil war. Teach your audience about 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...
Dedicated to the Australian soldiers of Fromelles who lost their lives in Australia’s ‘worst-ever’ military disaster, July 19th and 20th, 1916, this powerful work is the result of years of study and personal experience in the battlefields of France. Like many of Paul's pieces about the Great War, Fromelles is meticulously researched and respectful to the 'diggers' and is very suited to the Anzac Day ceremony...
A 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. This is the only choral piece written for Aung San Suu Kyi...
A bold and exotic ride through space and time in search of the ends of the the universe and for the meaning of life itself. Soaring melodies, cinematic, romantic harmonies paying homage to the great sci-fi film scores. Chromaticism, whole tone scale, augmented chords and more...
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.
An engaging piece featuring Didgeridoo, percussion & optional angklung, tells of a fascinating and often untold Australian history, the ancient trade link between the Yolngu people of Arnhem Land, Macassan sea-traders and China. A great way to teach singers and audience about this history that shaped Australia. Available with strings.
I Can Dream Anything
A magical celebration of the history of cinema and the soundtracks that have provided a document to our stories. This piece is a wild ride through the music we have loved for a century and will charm and entertain all ages...
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.
Paul has finally set his all time favourite poem to music in a rousing setting with optional symphony orchestra. Commissioned by the New England Conservatorium in 2016, it features a reading of the great poem, soaring melodies and harmonies.
Jetman is a thundering choral work dedicated to the worlds first real Jetman, Yves Rossy. Lively, and spirited, this piece is a hit with all children and features soaring melodies, body percussion, chanting and more...
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.
Lady of the Sky
A moving tribute to Nancy-Bird Walton who was a pioneering Australian aviatrix and was the founder and patron of the Australian Women Pilots' Association.
Lead Us All
Lead Us All, inspired by a residence at the King's School involving all of year six as they transition to high school. A wonderful piece for any end of year event, speech day etc, and well suited to your finale item.
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 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...
Let the Children Sing
Let the Children Sing is an emotional and positive plea for this generation in a digital age. The piece calls for a world where children can just 'be', to run free, to dream, to rise or fall, win or lose and to live this life in freedom. A sense of nostalgia but a clear warning of the dangers of devices and social media.
Written especially for the 2016 Independant Primary School Heads of Australia Conference, commissioned by PLC Croydon, 'Listen' pays tribute to the wonders of music and music education. "Where words fail, music speaks" - Hans Christian Anderson
Living in the Bush
A heart-warming tribute to those who work hard on the land. Suited to all ages but particularly grade 4 - 8, this joyous country tune will appeal to all...
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 powerful acknowledgment of Dharawal culture inspired by Les Bursill, Dharawal Man. Paul and Les worked together walking country and creating a special piece that excites both performer and audience alike. The piece features chant, body percussion and subtle movement.
Men of Song
A moving anthem, celebrating the feeling of male voice singing. Soaring melodic lines, emotional lyrics and soothing harmonies, this has always been a crowd and choir favourite...
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.
Mother Earth is a heartfelt and engaging plea from the voices of our children to clean up our world. Suited to Upper Primary and Middle School treble choir, this piece has a global appeal...
One Pure Voice
A huge, rousing finale and tribute to the greatest sound in the world - a choir! Thoroughly recommended for large festivals ad events, One Pure Voice is Paul's thank you letter to Choirs....
A heartwarming message for all ages and well suited to primary school. Also available with strings and ensemble...
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. 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...
Pemulwuy with Treble
This is the same song as Pemulwuy, but has Treble part in the arrangement, making it Treble-TTBB despite being labelled as TTBB.
A nostalgic tribute to the wayfarers, the wanderers and the troubadours who bring us art without reward. Percy Buttons, whose statue is known to all in Perth died with no one, no home and nothing to call his own...
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. Particularly suited to teenage girls. Well suited to the finale of your concert. Also available with concert band or orchestra...
An 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...
A rousing anthem very suited to graduation ceremonies or for the spectacular closer to your concert. With lively, motivational verses and a huge chorus sung in Latin, this piece will inspire your choir and audience...
Sea of Berries
From the Song Cycle 'Turn on the Open Sea', Sea of Berries was first recorded by Gondwana Voices in 2002 and has become one of Paul's most popular works. A powerful and haunting journey through the Sargasso Sea, with evocative lyrics and melodies. Also available with strings or symphony orchestra...
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 Song Cycle 'Turn on the Open Sea', 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 is emotional and stirring, loved by all. Available with strings...
A delightful and lyrical piece for advanced treble choir about a young girl, rescued by a sailor in the 1800's and was carried ashore to become the first European female at 2 years old to set foot in Western Australia...
Soloing Free is inspired by Alex Honnold, the world’s greatest rock climber, who in June 2017, free solo, climbed the granite wall 3300 ft El Capitan without any climbing aids or rope. A challenging and engaging piece, suited to more experienced treble singers, featuring soaring melodies, 'romanticism' and 'modernism', interesting rhythms and contemporary harmonies.
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.
Step Into the Unknown
A rollicking ride with key changes, movement, enthusiastic spoken word, sound effects and body percussion. A great opener or finale to a concert.
Take to the Sky
Take to the Sky is a fun filled, uplifting anthem dedicated to the history and romance of flight. With a catchy melody and soaring harmony sections, this piece is a terrifc finale to a concert. Also and educational experience as there is a section that details the history of flight from Icarus to the space race...
The opening piece to Paul's 'Outback Suite' - A powerful and haunting journey across the Australian wilderness.
The Captain's Tale
Soaked in larrikin-ism and cheeky humour, the Captain's Tale is a rollicking ride for all ages. Written in the style of a Celtic Hornpipe the piece is very popular with primary school, particularly good for boys to sing.
The Hero's Journey
Inspired by Australian adventurer and photographer Frank Hurley, the hand behind the infamous photographs of Shackleton's Endurance and the iconic images of the Somme and Flanders during the Great War. This engaging piece is soaked in the romantisicm of the time, featuring lavish harmonies, canon, rich textures and lyrics based on the mono myth. Well suited to late primary, teenage or adult choirs.
The Man and the Striped Shark
A delicate setting of a Sydney Indigenous story about a brave hero who rescued children from the attack of a bull shark in one of the northern bays. Heart felt, with rich melody and harmonies, The Man and the Striped Shark is very suited to High School and adult choirs but also suites upper primary.
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 work that will challenge the singers and audience. With a strong message of liberty, this piece is both entertaining and educational for your singers...
The Will to Climb
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 Golden Land
A high energy, fun crowd pleasure written with Harley Mead for the 150th Anniversary of Queensland. Suited to all ages...
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 very fitting for graduation ceremonies or that special moment in the program...
Time Enough to Give C Version
A moving tribute to a young girl with leukaemia, Time Enough to Give is 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 it is a powerful dedication to adventurer Andrew McCauley...
Volta do mar Largo
Written in the style of Arabic, Spanish, North Africa and Eastern European music, the piece is wild ride on a Portuguese caravel in the 1400,'s leading up to the voyage of Vasco da Gama. A popular work for two decades..
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 dedication to the great Steve Irwin. Written by Andrew DeTeliga, this heart felt piece is suitable for all ages.