Chris Hutchings

See Chris’s submissions in the Member Composers repertoire resource.

Chris Hutchings is a composer based in Edinburgh; his works have been performed around the world and won several prizes. In 2019, Where are my unnumbered days? won the first prize at Murau International Music Festival, Austria, and the Wicker Park Singers composition competition in Chicago, and other works have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. He has received commissions from several choirs in the USA and UK; new commission enquiries always welcome.

Many of Chris’s pieces are available through MusicSpoke.

Chris also runs #ChoirsForClimate, providing resources and music to choirs who are passionate about the environment, and #ChoirsAgainstRacism, sharing anti-racism and social justice music and more.

All Chris’s unpublished music is free for the duration of the pandemic for any choirs who want it. If a piece on his website is not available through MusicSpoke or other publishers, email him with the name of your choir to be sent a PDF of the piece. 

New repertoire to peruse

Be thou a bright flame

A prayer of St Columba for SATB choir, no divisi. Perfect for choirs returning to singing and perhaps reduced in numbers. View the score here (2 pages) and listen on SoundCloud. Thanks to friends Steph, Anne-Marie, Paul and Chris J for being the virtual choir for this! Email me to order copies (post-pandemic these will be £10 for a PDF, print as many copies as you like, or £1+P&P for printed copies).

Other unpublished pieces available for free during the pandemic include: Statue Songs (5 pieces for SABar and piano, based on Scots myths); “Loch Lomond” and “A Red Red Rose” for SA choir; “A Bicycle Wheel” for flexible 3-part choir; “Come Away Death” for SATB; “Answer The Question” for SATB (verrry difficult but fun); SABar arrangements of “A Highland Lad” and “Duncan Gray”“All My Friends Live In My Pocket”, a song about smartphones for children’s choir (1-2 parts) and piano; and “Drop Slow Tears” for SSA.

Keep watch, dear Lord

Send Lazarus

Let them not say