Chris Ashton

Composer

All the compositions below are free to use. Please get in touch if you do – I’ll be most flattered!

The Puppy’s Stroll

The Puppy’s Stroll – Full Score

A piece for string, woodwind, reduced brass section, timpani and harp. I composed this with no real certainty of where I was going with it, but the opening sections are so joyous that I started picturing my dog Tilly and how excitable she gets on her walks. So, I continued down that route. Watch out for the largo section halfway through the piece, where Tilly comes close to danger as she sniffs a bee and toys with the idea of sticking her nose on it, only to trot away in blissful ignorance.

Piano Concerto (movement 2)

Piano Concerto Mvt 2

Composed in 2010 for sheer enjoyment and self-indulgence, even though I cannot play the piano (I make no guarantees that this is even playable). Originally intended to be a three-movement piece, I began by composing the traditional slow second movement which was the only part I managed to complete.

I do think there are some beautiful moments and that Sibelius does a darn good job at recreating the piano sound. I’d love to come back and sandwich this with the other movements some day.

Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day?

Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day?

In March 2016, I performed Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms with the BBC Symphony Chorus. The first half of the concert was orchestra only, so we sat back and listened to the BBC Symphony Orchestra playing a number of pieces – but the one that made me sit up and listen was Britten’s Peter Grimes Sea Interludes.

The Moonlight movement was beautiful and seemed like it would be a perfect fit for an a cappella, choral arrangement. I transferred the score to suit a choral arrangement, and was pleasantly surprised to find that the ebbs and flows and climaxes of the music all corresponded with the appropriate text in Shakespeare’s sonnet: Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day?

Alma Redemptoris Mater

Alma Redemptoris Mater

I composed this SATB a capella piece in December 2014 with the Elizabethan Madrigal Singers in mind.

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