Choral works by Malcolm Hayes

(for other works, see Worklist)

Into the Night  (1984, rev. 2017)

Texts: W. B. Yeats (from The Winding Stair and Last Poems)

  1. The Choice
  2. The Man and the Echo

Unaccompanied choir (3 S soli, 3 A soli, 4 T soli, 3 B soli, SATB divisi)

(for advanced or professional choirs)

Duration: 10 mins.

fp (original version): BBC Singers, cond. Simon Joly; BBC Maida Vale Studios, 16 June 1986

fb (original version): BBC Radio 3, 18 October 1986 (rec. of above)


Alleluia Nativitas  (2005)

Carol-motet with double Latin and English text: plainchant Alleluia Nativitas for the Feast of the Nativity of the Virgin (mid-September)/15th-century Christmas carol

Unaccompanied choir (2 S soli, Mezzo-soprano solo, 2 A soli, 2 T soli, 2 Bar soli, SATBarB divisi: SATB minimum

Duration: 10 mins.

fp: BBC Singers, cond. James Morgan; BBC Maida Vale Studios, 13 September 2007

fb: BBC Radio 3, 20 December 2007 (rec. of above)

To listen to extract online, please go to the Listen page


Mirabile Misterium  (2006)

Text: 15th-century English and Latin

Christmas carol for unaccompanied choir (2 Tr/S soli, TrATB/SATB divisi)

Duration: 4½ mins.

fp: New College Choir, Oxford, dir. Edward Higginbottom; New College Chapel, 2 December 2007


Corpus Christi  (2006)

Text: 15th-century English

Unaccompanied choir (S solo, SATB divisi)

Duration: 5½ mins.

fp: Syred Consort, cond. Ben Palmer; St Michael’s Church, Battersea, London, 17 November 2007

Published by Faber Music (Faber New Choral Works):


Recording: Oxford Schola Cantorum, cond. James Burton (Faber Music Choral Sampler CD)

To listen online, please go to the Listen page

To read review, please go to Performance Reviews


The Wild Swans at Coole  (2009)

Text: W.B.Yeats

Unaccompanied choir (2 S soli, T solo, Bar. solo, SATB divisi)

Duration: 9 mins.

Commissioned by the Syred Consort

fp: Syred Consort, cond. Ben Palmer; Church of St-Giles-in-the-Field, Wandsworth, London, 17 April 2010


The Stars Climbing  (2010)

Texts: W.B.Yeats (from The Wind Among the Reeds)

  • 1.    The Lover gives his Beloved certain Rhymes
  • 2.    He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

Unaccompanied choir (S solo, T solo, SATB divisi)

Duration: 7 mins.


May Magnificat  (2010)

Motet with double Latin and English text: plainchant Gaudeamus omnes in Domino for the Feast of the Assumption/Gerard Manley Hopkins, The May Magnificat

Unaccompanied choir (2 S soli, A solo, T solo, SATB divisi)

Duration: 11½ mins.

fp: BBC Singers, cond. Paul Brough; St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge, London, 23 April 2012

fb: BBC Radio 3, 6 May 2012 (rec. of above)

To listen online, please go to the Listen page.


Prayer  (2011)

Text: Carol Ann Duffy (from Mean Time, © 1993 Carol Ann Duffy; set by permission of Anvil Press Poetry Ltd.)

Unaccompanied choir (SATB divisi)

Duraton: 8 mins.


Sir Christèmas  (2012)

Text: 15th-century English

Christmas carol for six-part solo male voice ensemble (2 Ctnr/T/2 Bar/B)

Version arranged for mixed choir (A or Ctnr solo, T solo, B solo, SATB non divisi)

Duration: 3½ mins.