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The Oxford Book of Easy Flexible Anthems

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Alan Bullard was born in London, and studied with Herbert Howells at the Royal College of Music, and at Nottingham University. He enjoyed a successful career in music education, most recently as Head of Composition at Colchester Institute, and is currently an examiner for ABRSM. He now devotes most of his time to composing, editing, and arranging. His music unfailingly appeals to both performers and audiences; he has written for all kinds of choirs, with instrumental works for a variety of ensembles and orchestras. Alan is also a respected writer of music for examination syllabuses and educational albums. His major publications include the inspirational Oxford Book of Flexible Anthems and Oxford Book of Flexible Carols, Alan Bullard Carols, and Alan Bullard Anthems, and the three cantatas Wondrous Cross, O Come Emmanuel, and A Light in the Stable. He and his wife Janet also write the Pianoworks series for the older beginner.


. . . the variety of performance options are all explained carefully in the preface, which also provides details of the associated web page ( where more details about the original format and publication of each piece are sensibly provided. * Geoffrey Webber, Church Music Quarterly, May 2017 * Composer Alan Bullard has assembled sixty-six anthems covering the entire liturgical year and representing a wide swath of traditional English choral repertoire. Selections for Evensong are also included, extending the reach of the collection . . . The result is a highly practical resource for summer choirs or for any time when there is a question as to which singers will actually show up on a Sunday morning. The adaptability of the pieces and the high quality of editorial choices make for a safe collection in less than ideal circumstances. The anthology is also available in a spiral bound edition, particularly attractive for organists and conductors. * The Journal of the Assoc. of Anglican Musicians, May 2017 * OUP has a great advantage in that it has been able to trawl through its many past publications and reuse them (sometimes in new arrangements) here . . . As editor, composer and arranger, [Alan Bullard] has ensured that what is provided here is both practical and accessible, yet of good quality. It contains a variety of music for the Church's year and a comprehensive liturgical and thematic index. A dedicated website,, allows many of the anthems to be heard in performance a a useful aid to choir directors and singers . . . This collection is wholeheartedly recommended - but if you need a copy that stays flat on the keyboard music stand, do opt for the spirally bound edition; both this and the ordinary paperback are excellent value. * Part 2 of review by Gordon Appleton,, June 2017 * It is an excellent collection of 66 anthems suitable for the church choir that wants to sing anthems regularly but may sometimes struggle to have a balanced number of parts. Most of these pieces can be sung effectively in unison, and all have suggestions for performance by varied ensembles, so some are most effective as two-part pieces, others SATB or SAB. For church choirs with limited rehearsal time, this book will be valuable. With this collection, you don't have to abandon a particular anthem when your only tenor is away. Flexibility allows omitting or rearranging parts without sacrificing the integrity of the composition. * Part 1 of review by Gordon Appleton,, June 2017 *

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