Catalogue of Works



Solo violin and string orchestra.
Commissioned by The Greenwich Festival and first performed at Eltham Palace by Hugh Bean (vln).The Blackheath String Orchestra, conducted by Robert Munns.
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Nov. 16'

At Bignor Hill

Large orchestra + electric guitar, jazz drummer and synthesizer.
Commissioned by ITT for the Brighton Youth Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Gray who first performed it at the Gulbenkian Centre, Lisbon, Portugal.
Nov. 18'.

Chamber Symphony No. 1

Chamber orchestra
Premiered by Richard Hickox and the City of London Sinfonia at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, July 1981. Commissioned by The Greenwich Festival
Nov. 23'

Variations on a Theme of Elgar

Large orchestra
Commissioned by Chichester Festivities. Premiered by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Charles Groves, July 1981 in Chichester Cathedral
Nov. 34'
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Charms and Exhultations of Trumpets

3 solo trumpets and large orchestra
Commissioned by Hampshire County Youth Orchestra. First performed by them in Salisbury Cathedral conducted by Edgar Holmes, June 1985
Nov. 25'

Symphony No. 1

Text by the composer
Bar. solo (movt. No. 5) & large orchestra
Commissioned for the Exeter Festival by Exeter City Council. First performed by David Wilson Johnson (bar.), the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Richard Hickox, July 1987
Nov. 55'


for Balinese Gamelan and string orchestra

Commissioned by the Eastern Orchestral Board and first performed by the Strings of the Hallé Orchestra and various gamelan players. De Montfort Hall Leicester June 1994

My Dog Has Fleas

A Capriccio for Scratch Orchestra
Commissioned by The Eastern Orchestral Board to celibrate its 25th anniversary.
2(pic)222/4.3.2+btbn.1/timp.perc/hp/str 8'

Elgar's Piano Concerto - Play a preview of this track

(Formerly knwon as 'Fragments of Elgar')
Piano and orchestra
A realisation by Robert Walker of the fragments and recordings of Elgar's unfinished piano concerto
Commissioned by Dartington International Summer School with funds made available by the Eric James and Wong Foundations. First performed by the Dartington Festival Orchestra with David Owen Norris (piano), conducted by Graeme Jenkins; The Great Hall, Dartington, August 1998.
Peters Edition 33'

Au Revoir - Play a preview of this track

for 11 solo strings or Double String Orchestra.
Written for the Goldberg Ensemble.
First performance: 13 February 2003, Wolverhampton
Peters Edition 15 mins.
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Symphony No. 2

All enquiries for first performance can be made to the composer


Chamber and Instrumental

String Quartet No.1 - Play a preview of this track

Commissioned by The Greenwich Festival and first performed by the Coull Quartet at Ranger's House, Blackheath, London.
Nov. 24'
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Five Capriccios, Set 1 - Play a preview of this track

Written for Julia Hazelton and first performed by her at the Wigmore Hall, London. January 1983
Nov. 20'
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Five Capriccios, Set 2 - Play a preview of this track

Written for David Owen Norris and first performed by him at St. John's Smith Square, London. October 1985
Nov. 18'
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Piano Quintet - Play a preview of this track

String quartet and piano
Commissioned by the BBC. First performed at the Petworth Festival by the Delmé String Quartet and John McCabe (pno). June 1984
Nov. 28'
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Passacaglia for Two Pianos - Play a preview of this track

Commissioned by Richard Markham and David Nettle. First performed by them at the Wigmore Hall, London, January 1985
Nov. 18'
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flute, harp, violin, viola & 'cello
Commissioned by Susan Milan for the Instrumental Group of London and first performed by them at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Arts Centre, London
Nov. 16'

Brass Nexus

2 trumpets, horn, trombone & tuba
Commissioned by the Farnaby Brass Quintet for their 10th anniversary. London Premier at the Purcell Room, March 1989
Nov. 14'

Keep in Touch & Take Care

2 pieces for 2 guitars
Commissioned by Tom Dupré and Richard Hand. Premiered by them in Gdansk Poland. U.K. Premiere at the Wigmore Hall, London
Nov. 10'

Fanfare for The Prince of Wales

4 trumpets and glockenspiel
Commissioned by the Association of Business Sponsorship for the Arts (ABSA) and first performed by members of the London College of Music at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Nov. 10'

Short Measures

5 pieces for flute, oboe & bassoon or string trio
First performed by The Greenhouse Ensemble, the Petworth Festival 1994
Peters Edition 10'

Studies for Piano Duet - Play a preview of this track

Five pieces for piano duet
Commissioned by The Petworth Festival
First performed by David Owen Norris and Terence Allbright Petworth Festival July 2000


Toccata for Soprano Saxophone and Piano
Peters Edition 4'

Four Short Ballades

Written at the request of Jamorn Supapol

A South Yorkshire Suite

1. Dinnington Fanfare
2. Thurcroft Lament
3. At Roche Abbey
4. Whiston Barn
Commissioned by The Rotherham Festival and first performed by Dinning Colliery Band, June 2005
14 mins. Maec.

Six Prelude and Fugues for Organ

1. on G
2. on A flat
3. on F sharp minor
4. on A
5. on F
6. on E
These are the start of a set of 12 Prfeludes and Fugues with a tonal centre on all the chromatic notes for organ, and dedicated to various British organists: Richard Pinel, James McVinnie, Anthony Pinel, John Scott amongst them.

Until the set is complete, pdfs of individual Preludes and Fugues may be obtained by going to the contact button.

String Quartet No. 2

First performed by the Tippett Quartet in September 2007 at All Saints Church Northampton as part of the 7 Locks Festival
Peters Edition. 22'

Violin Sonata

for Violin and Piano
in Three Movements
about 20 mins
pdf available from the composer.

Ling Kub Suer (The Monkey Plays with the Tiger)

A lighthearted arrangement of a traditional Thai tune arranged and rhapsodised for 8 hands at Two Pianos

First performed by Piano 40 at The Purcell Room South Bank Arts London on 9th April 2013
5' contact composer.

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Elgar's Prince Regent March (from Beau Brummel)

Arranged from the original MS in the possession of the Earl of Leicester for string quartet (or optional string orchestra) and piano.
Commissioned by The Earl of Leicester and first performed at Holkham Hall by Julius Drake and ensemble Nov. 1998

Fantasia and Fugue on Themes of Benjamin Britten

for organ.

Written for the St Cecilia Festival Service at Westminster Abbey in celebration of the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten 20th November 2013, and first performed by Simon Johnson
Peters 7'
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Vocal and Choral with Instruments

As The Apple Tree

Text: Song of Solomon
SATB and organ
Nov. 4'

Written for my nephew Mark's wedding and first performed at Weston Favell Parish Church June 1985
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As The Apple Tree

Text: Song of Solomon
Version for SSAA and Organ
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Psalm 101

Chorus and large orchestra

Commissioned by The Three Choirs Festival and first performed in Hereford Cathedral by the Festival Chorus and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Roy Massey
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Communion Service in E (Text Series 3)

Unison voices and organ


Tenor solo, chorus and chamber orchestra
Words by Edward Thomas and the composer.
Commissioned by the Grimsby Bach Choir with funds made available by Humberside Arts. First performed by Martyn Hill (ten.), Grimsby Bach Choir and the Northern Sinfonia conducted by the composer; June 1976 in Lincoln Cathedral.
Nov. 23'

The Norwich Service

Text Series 3 communion service and Evening Canticles.
SATB Choir, organ, 3 trumpets & percussion
Commissioned by The Friends of Norwich Cathedral and first sung by Norwich Cathedral Choir directed by Michael Nicholas
Nov. 20'

Dance, My Heart - Play a preview of this track

Text: Kabir translated by Rabindranath Tagore
Two Choirs & Organ Duet
Commissioned by The Royal School of Church Music and first performed and broadcast (BBC) by the RSCM Cathedral Course Choir in York Minster August 1978
Pdf file obtainable from info@robert-walker. net 10'
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Canticle of the Rose

A setting of the poem by Edith Sitwell
S&Bar soli, SATB chorus and chamber orchestra
Commissioned by Northamptonshire County Council for Northampton Philharmonic Choir, who first performed it in February 1980 with the Midland Chamber Orchestra conducted by Graham Mayo in Northampton R.C. Cathedral
Nov. 22'

The Sun Used To Shine

Poems by Edward Thomas
Song Cycle for Tenor, Harp and small String Orchestra
Commissioned by the Cornhill Festival of British Music and first performed October 1983 by Robin Doveton (tenor), Rachel Masters (harp) and The City of London Sinfonia conducted by Richard Hickox
1. The Unknown Bird
2. Tall Nettles
3. Rain
4. The Sun Used to Shine
Nov. 15'


4 trumpets, 4 trombones and organ with optional unison choir
Commissioned by the Southern Cathedrals Festival and first performed in Chichester Cathedral, July 1983 by the Michael Laird Brass Ensemble, the combined Southern Cathedral Choirs, Jeremy Suter (organ), conducted by Alan Thurlow
Nov. 6'

Missa Brevis - Play a preview of this track

Latin Text
SATB Choir & Organ
Commissioned by Fr. Bruno Healy for his ordination at Westminster Cathedral and sung by the Cathedral Choir directed by David Hill
Nov. 12'


Text from various psalms
SATB choir and Brass Quintet (with version for organ)
Commissioned by Queens' College Cambridge whose chapel choir gave the first performance with the University Brass Quintet conducted by Philip Walsh.
Nov. 6'

De Profundis - Play a preview of this track

Bar. solo, SSAATTBB chorus and large orchestra
Text arranged by the composer from the work of the same name by Oscar Wilde and intended as a Prelude to Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius.
Commissioned by Southern Arts with Lord Sainsbury and premiered in Winchester Cathedral by The Wayneflete Singers, David Wilson Johnson (bar.), The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Hill
Nov. 23'
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Journey into Light: A Choral Symphony - Play a preview of this track

Text specially commissioned from Christopher Fry
SATB Chorus and large orchestra (incl. optional organ)
Commssioned by the Duke of Richmond to celebrate European Union
First performed by the Chichester Singers, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier in Chichester Cathedral, June 1992
Peters Edition 23'
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Our Mother Jesus

Text abstracted and paraphrased by the composer from the writings of Mother Julian of Norwich
Sop. solo, chorus and large orchestra
Commissioned by Norwich Philharmonic Society and first performed by them in St. Andrews Hall, Norwich at the Norfolk & Norwich Triennial Festival, July 1997
Peters Edition 12'

Six Songs of Cavafy

Baritone and Piano
Texts by C.P.Cavafy translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard
1. Ithaka 2. I've Looked on Beauty So Much 3. Body Remember 4. The House of Pleasure 5. Since Nine O'clock 6. Outside the House
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Mele Livida - Play a preview of this track

16 poems by Catullus
SATB chorus, 3 percussion players, piano obbligato and strings.
Commissioned by East London Chorus and first performed by them with David Owen Norris (pno), the Pro Arte Orchestra conducted by Murray Stewart in The People's Palace London.
Peters Edition 25'

Bethlehem Star

SATB & organ
Carol: text by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Commissioned by All Saints' Church, Northampton
1st performed by the Choir of All Saints Northampton cond. Edward Whiting Dec. 2003
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Joy in the Morning

SATB and organ or Piano
text from 'The Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Graham
Written for the Kingsley Singers, Northampton
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Drop, Drop Slow Tears

Words by Phineas Fletcher
SATB and Organ
Written for the Choir of All Saints' Church Northampton
pdf obtainable from   4'
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Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis 'The St. Paul's Service'

SATB doubling and Organ with optional soprano saxophone solo
Text: Book of Common Prayer

Commissioned by The Friends of St. Paul's Cathedral and first performed by the Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral conducted by Malcolm Archer

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Te Deum and Jubilate

Text: The Book of Common Prayer

Commissioned by St. Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich. First performed by the Gentlemen and Boys' Choir, St. Mary-le-Tower 2nd July 2006.
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Take No Thought for the Morrow

Anthem for SATB (with doubling) and organ

Commissioned by Ipswich School and first performed by the chapel choir conducted by Andrew Leach on September 19th 2010.

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A Little Chant Book

for SATB (some doubling) and organ
A collection of 8 Anglican chants.


Unaccompanied Vocal and Choral

Song for Zachariah

Advent Carol
Words by Philip Turner
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Adam Lay Y-bounden - Play a preview of this track

Text: Anon 14th cent.
Carol for SATB
Written as a Christmas card to a friend
Nov. 2'
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Three Early English Lyrics

Settings of anonymous medieval texts and Geoffrey Chaucer
For SSAA unaccompanied
1. How Long this Night is
2. Fowles in the Frith
3. Nowe Welcome Somer
Written for Pamela Cook and The Cantamus Singers
Pub. Josef Weinberger 5'

O Lord, Thou has Searched Me Out and Known Me

Text: Psalm 96
Motet for SATB
Nov. 3'

In The Bleak Midwinter

Text: Christina Rosetti
Carol for SATB
Written for the choir of Grimsby Parish Church
Nov. 5'

The Sun on the Celandines

Text: Louis MacNeice, James Elroy Flecker, Hilaire Belloc, John Betjeman, R.S.Thomas and Edward Thomas
Song Cycle for 5 soloists or chorus (SATBarB)
Written for The Scholars who first performed it at the Purcell Room, South Bank Arts Centre, London April 1975
Nov. 15'

Teach Me, My God and King

Words by George Herbert
Short introit for SATB (with some doubling)
Written for the Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge
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Psalm 150

Anthem for SATB
Commissioned for the enthronement of the Archbishop of Canterbury, January 1975 and first performed by Canterbury Cathedral Choir directed by Allan Wicks
Nov. 3'

Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace

Anthem for SATB
Commissioned for the enthronement of the Archbishop of Canterbury, January 1975 and first performed by Canterbury Cathedral Choir directed by Allan Wicks
Nov. 2'

The Oxen

Text: Thomas Hardy
Carol for Bar solo & SATB
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Carol for SATB unnacc.
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Five Summer Madrigals

Text: Anon, Shakespeare, Skelton
Song Cycle for SATB Choir
Commissioned by the Grimsby Bach Choir and first performed by them, conducted by Jeffrey Babb at the Welhome Gallery, Grimsby, June 1985
Nov. 15'
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Three South Coast Songs

Arrangements of folk songs
SATB choir (occasional doubling)
Commissioned by The National Trust and first performed at Losely House, Guildford by the Neville Creed Choir, conducted by Neville Creed
Nov. 12'

Three Simple Carols

SATB (with some doubling)
1. Wassail
an arrangement of this traditional Sussex carol Written for the Grimsby Bach Choir
2. Past Three O'clock
an arrangement of the traditional tune. Written for the Sutton and Bignor Singers
3. Song for Zachariah
Advent Carol
Words by Philip Turner. Written for The Laurence Llloyd Singers
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Four Thai Songs

Arrangements of Thai melodies for SATB unaccompanied
1. We used to be so hungry (H.M. King Rama IX)
2. Peace Song
3. Rot Fai Fah (The Skytrain Song)
4. Thai Mother's Song
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For Remembrance

Motet SATB Unacc.
Text by Laurence Binyon
Written for the Choir of All Saints'Church Northampton and first performed November 2004
Pdf file obtainable from 2'

Silent Night

Arrangement for SATB
Words Anon (English and German)
Written for The Northampton Chamber Choir
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The Ale Songbook

Five songs about beer for SATB unaccompanied chorus.
1. In Praise of Ale - Anonymous Elizabethan
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2, Fill with Mingled Cream and Amber - Edgar Allan Poe
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3. Gude Ale - Robert Burns
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4. Now do I Hear Thee Weep and Moan - W. H. Davies
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5. Will Ye Quaff with Me? - Anonymous Elizabethan
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Commissioned in loving memory of George Albin by his daughter Stacey Albin-Wilson and Jon Wilson  for the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus (Conductor Philip Barnes) and first performed by them Feb 2012 at the Shafley Brewery, St Louis Missouri.


Music for Children

The Death of Nelson

Words by Helen Bird
Unison Voices and Piano
pdf file available from  3'

Toot Suite

Flute & piano
5 easy pieces (about Grade IV) in different styles


12 short pieces (about grade IV or V) exploring different aspects of piano technique.

Sweet Singing in the Choir

Libretto by Joyce Wilson
A Christmas opera for school performance in 2 acts; adaptable for either girls' or mixed voices
5 principals. chorus, audience carols. easy string and wind parts, timps & piano duet
Commissioned by St. Michael's School, Burton Park, Sussex. First performed by them and boys from Seaford College, Sussex conducted by the composer, December 1979
Score and parts avaiable on hire from 65' + interval


Music for Television

A Moment in June

Film score for the Thai feature film (120 mins) directed by O Nataphon and starring Chakrit Yaemnam and Suchao Pongwilai.

Bicycles and Radios

Film score for the movie by O Nathapon

Mister Five Per Cent

Documentary on the life and artistic achievements of Calouste Gulbenkian. Written and narrated by John Julius Norwich, directed by Christopher Swann.
Improvised piano duet music with the composer playing both parts.

Music for the York Mystery Plays

Incidental music for the York Cycle of Mystery plays, performed by the people of York and directed by Toby Robertson

Paradise on Earth

Six part series first shown on Channel 4 (U.K.) in 1989. Written and presented by Edwin Mullins. TV South Production, directed by Christopher Swann. Nominated for EMMI Award.
Opening titles, incidental music and closing credits.

Five to Eleven

Daily programme for BBC1 TV (1990-91). Produced and directed by Ralph Rolls.
Opening titles and closing credits.

Letters from the Morning of the World

Opening and Closing music for the five-part BBC Radio 4 programmes in which Robert Walker read from his own letters about his life in Bali. (2000)


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