Cantamus Arrangements

Arrangements by Michael Neaum
Reviews of some of the arrangements
Publishers of the arrangements

Michael Neaum

Michael Neaum Michael Neaum (arranger) obtained a first class Honours degree in Music at Birmingham University, where he won both the undergraduate and graduate Barber Scholarships.

He is greatly experienced as an accompanist in both piano and harpsichord, having worked with both nationally and internationally renowned singers and given Master Classes in accompaniment.

Between 1972 and 2007 he was the regular accompanist for Cantamus, having appeared with the choir on television and broadcast with it on many occasions.

Michael's arrangements are eminently singable. Although not a trained singer, through his work with Cantamus he understands what lies comfortably and gratefully in the various voices. In addition, by the use of various textures, he gives each part in a choir its share of the melodic material and interest.

His searching for colour and flavour within a conventional harmonic idiom - with the addition of some unexpected nuances - makes his arrangements greatly appealing to audiences.

If you wish to commission an arrangement, contact Michael Neaum direct (see Music Publishers at the bottom of this page).

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Female Voices

The following are available only directly from Michael Neaum:

A cappella

Amazing Grace - trad
Amor Vittorioso - Giovanni Gastoldi [with drums]
Blow The Wind Southerly
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Paul Simon
Come Again, Come Sweet Love - Dowland
Come Back, Liza - West Indian
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Ewan McColl
Flow Not So Fast, Ye Fountains - Dowland
3 French Folk Songs
    J'ai Descendu Dans Mon Jardin
    O Ma Tendre Musette
    Quand J'étais Chez Mon Pere
Full Fathom Five - Johnson
4 German Folk Songs - After Brahms
    Die Sonne Scheint Nicht Mehr
    Da Unten Im Tale
Hail, Smiling Morn - Spofforth
The Lark In The Clear Air - English
Lasciatemi Morire - Monteverdi
The Leaves That Are Green (Turn To Brown) - Paul Simon
Listen To The Lambs - spiritual
The Lord Bless Thee And Keep Thee (SSAA also SATB) - M Neaum
Marienwurmchen - after Brahms
The National Anthem
No Quiero Que Me Cortejes - Spanish trad
Pavane - French 16th century
Rest, Sweet Nymphs - Francis Pilkington
Sanctus - Schubert
Singing Bird - Irish
True Love - Janacek
Vezzo Sette - Giovanni Gastoldi
What Then Is Love But Mourning? - Philip Rosseter
The Young May Moon - trad Irish


2 part + piano

Danny Boy - Irish
Faithful Johnnie - Scottish
If - David Gates
In My Life - Lennon & McCartney
Let’s Fall In Love - Cole Porter
Listen To The Lambs - spiritual
Never Saw Blue
The Salley Gardens - Irish (Britten/Neaum)
The Way We Were - Hamlisch
When I’m Sixty-Four - Lennon/McCartney


3 & 4 part + piano

Amazing Grace - trad [with organ and harp]
An Eriskay Love Lilt - trad Scottish Highlands
And So It Goes - Billy Joel
April, Come She Will - Paul Simon
Ave Maria - Schubert
6 Belgian Folk Songs
The Bold Hussars - trad Yugoslavian
Bonavist Harbour - trad Canadian
Caravan - Mike Batt
Cavatina (She Was Beautiful) - Myers
Cheann Dubhrann - trad Irish
The Cockle Gatherer - trad Scottish Highlands
Deep River - spiritual
Don't Cry For Me, Argentina - Andrew Lloyd Webber
Evening Blessing - Parry - Myfanwy [also SATB + piano]
Georgia On My Mind - Carmichael
Go Down, Moses - spiritual [with baritone solo]
Herdboy Tales (3 Chinese songs - English text)
Hey Jude - Lennon/McCartney
The Holy City - Adams
I Got A Robe - spiritual [5 parts]
I Got Rhythm - George Gershwin [also SATB]
I Will Walk With My Love - Irish (Hughes/Neaum)
Imagine - Lennon [also SATB]
Just The Way You Look Tonight - Jerome Kern[also SATB]
Land of The Silver Birch - trad Canadian
The Lark In The Clear Air - trad
Leaving On A Jet Plane - John Denver
The Lost Chord - Arthur Sullivan
Lullaby - Mozart
Lullaby Of Broadway
Ma Normandie - trad. French
Mary Ann - trad Canadian
Mary Poppins (selection)
Miss You Nights
Metyelitsa - Russian [with English version]
Night And Day - Cole Porter
On The Night You Were Born - M. Neaum
Peasant Cantata - Two Choruses - Bach
Pie Jesu (Requiem) - Andrew Lloyd Webber
The Rose/ Hello Again
Run Like The Wind - Mike Batt
Sanctus - Charles Gounod [arranged for 3-part upper voices]
Something - Harrison [also SATB]
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
4 Spirituals for tenor & mezzo soloists + SSA choir
The Stream's Song
That's What You Get (For Lovin' Me) - Gordon Lighfoot
Things We Said Today - Lennon/McCartney
This Nearly Was Mine - Rodgers & Hammerstein selection
Try To Remember
Turn Ye To Me - trad Scottish
Venus and Adonis [extracts] - John Blow
The Very Last Day
The Water Is Wide (O Waly Waly)
Who Knows Where The Time Goes - Sandy Denny
Yesterday- Lennon/McCartney
You Always Hurt The One You Love
You Raise Me Up
The Young Sailor Boy - trad English


Christmas Music

Bethlehem - Polish [English text]
The Coventry Carol
Do You Hear What I Hear?
The First Mercy - Warlock
Fum, Fum, Fum* - Spanish [with optional tambourine]
In That Poor Stable - trad French
Little Drummer Boy [with flute and snare drum]
Lullaby Jesu - Polish
Lullay Myn Lyking
No Wind At The Window
Pat-A-Pan* [with flute and snare drum]
Sing Lullaby* - Basque
Sleep, My Saviour, Sleep - Czech [English text)]
The Truth From Above* - trad English
Wassail Song - trad English [piano duet accompaniment]
We Wish You A Merry Christmas*

* a cappella

Lyrics for Classics

with original texts by Don Read

At Midnight - Debussy (Claire De Lune) [also SATB)
Beautiful Miracle - Ravel (Pavane)
Child - Bach (Air On The G String) [unison/solo, violin solo/continuo, also SATB]
Childhood Days - Satie (Gymnopedie 3) [unison/solo, clarinet/cor anglais, bass]
Country Scene - Warlock (Pieds En l'Air; Capriol Suite) [SA + strings]
Danse Gastronomique - Saint-Saens (Danse Macabre) [SSA and SATB]
Drifting, Dreaming - Satie (Gymnopedie 1) [also SATB]
If We Were In Love - Chopin (Etude In E Major) [SA, occasional 4 part]
Long Live Love - Beethoven (Pathetique Sonata 2nd movement) [SA]
Mirage - Debussy (Reverie) [2 solos, SSAA choir]
Seascape - Satie (Gnossienne 1) [solo, SA choir, acoustic guitar and bass]
The Story Of Jean Pierre - Miles Davies
To A Wild Rose - Macdowell

The following are published as shown and orders may be placed either directly with the publishers or through a retail outlet:

Oxford University Press

2 American Folk Songs
    I Wish I Was A Child Again
    Sourwood Mountain
I Got A Robe [3-part]
Indian Love Song
Mexican Lullaby
2 Northumbrian songs
    Ma Bonny Lad
    The Keel Row
Sakura - Japanese folk song [with English version]
Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child - spiritual
Winds Through The Olive Trees - Gascon, trad carol


Roberton Publications (Cantamus Choral Series)

Afton Water
All My Trials, Lord - spiritual
Be Still And Know I Am With You
Bonny At Morn - trad English
A Bunch Of Thyme - trad English [also SATB]
African Lullaby* - trad
2 Canadian Songs
   Mary Ann
   Bonavist Harbour
Carol Of The Birds
The Cherry Tree Carol - trad English
Didn't It Rain! - spiritual [also SATB]
Ding Dong Merrily On High
Down In Yon Forest [published as The Bells Of Paradise]
Duerme Negrito - Argentinian
2 French Folk Songs
   A La Claire Fontaine
   Au Près De Ma Blonde
Gloucestershire Wassail [also SATB]
Graih Ma Chree*- trad Manx
Have You Seen But A White Lily Grow?
2 Hungarian Folk Songs
   Szilvas Falu
   Alazatos Szolgaja
I Gave My Love A Cherry - trad Appalachian
I Once Loved A Lad - trad British [also SATB]
Japanese Lullaby - trad
The Last Rose Of Summer - trad Irish
Long Time Ago - trad American
Lowlands Away - shanty/ballad
My Love's An Arbutus - trad Irish
O Won’t You Sit Down? - spiritual
Oft In The Stilly Night - trad Irish
Pastime With Good Company [published as Two Songs Of Henry VIII]
Rise Up Shepherd, And Follow - carol
Riu Riu Chiu - carol
She Moved Through The Fair
She's Like The Swallow - trad Newfoundland
2 Short Spirituals
Siuil A Ruin - trad Irish
2 Songs Of The Isles
   Morag's Cradle Song
   Air Falalalo
2 Spanish Traditional Songs
   A La Rurru Niño
   Boleras Sevillanas
Sweet Little Jesus Boy - spiritual [also SATB]
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Take, O Take Those Lips Away
Tiree Love Song - trad Scottish
Tomorrow Is A Long Time - Bob Dylan
2 Traditional Love Songs
   I Will Give My Love An Apple
   If I Were A Blackbird
The Turtle Dove
Va Pensiero (after Verdi)
The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy - trad West Indian
The Virgin Mary Had A Little Baby - spiritual
The Water Of Tyne - trad English [also SATB and TTBB]
When The Boat Comes In - sequence of sea songs [SA + piano] [also TB + piano]


Banks Music (Eboracum Choral Series)

Ballinderry - Irish
4 Belgian Carols [with English texts]
Calino Custore Me - trad Irish
Dance To Your Daddie - trad English [also SATB]
Dolina - Polish
Easter Hymn - 1623 German [with English version]
Es El Amor Mariposo+ - trad Spanish
3 European Folk Songs
    Canto De Romeria - Spanish
    Charmante Marianne - French
    Psarapoula - Greek
Gaude Mater Polonia - 13th century Polish [Latin text]
Gaudete - 15th/16th century trad
A Gentle Maid+ - trad Welsh
The Heart Of A Rose* [SATB]
John's Gone To Hilo* - trad
Lisa* [SATB]
Mary's Lullaby - trad Austrian carol
Moonlight in Vermont* - [SATB]
My Lagan Love* - trad Irish
My Lord, What A Morning!* - spiritual
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square - Manning Sherwin [also SATB]
O Sleep, Thou Heaven-Born Treasure
Shenandoah* [SATB]
Sprig Of Thyme - trad English
The Stuttering Lovers - Irish
What If I Never Speed?* - John Dowland
Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go?* - trad Scottish

* a cappella
+ 2 part

Alliance Music Publications (USA)

Baloo Baleerie - trad Scottish
Land Of The Silver Birch - trad Canadian
The Star Of Belle Isle - trad Newfoundland


SATB/TTBB (unpublished)

Boleras Sevillanas [SATB + piano]
Gaudete [SATB + piano & percussion]
The Life That I Have [SATB + piano]
A Nightingale Sang In Berkely Square [TTBB + piano] [also SATB a cappella]
With Quiet Eyes [SATB a cappella]


Arrangement Reviews

Heaven! What a clever pianist/arranger! (Sakura)
Terry Edwards (Chorus Master of Royal Opera, Covent Garden)

Lovely arrangement, part of a thoroughly good programme. (A Bunch of Thyme)
Richard Stilgoe

A superbly simple arrangement - the art that conceals art. (A Bunch of Thyme)
Michael Brewer (Director of National Youth Choir)

Congratulations to Michael Neaum on his fine arrangements.
Iain Burnside (Presenter on TV and radio, musicologist, journalist and critic)

A beautiful arrangement which will add a touch of magic to any Christmas programme.
(Sweet Little Jesus Boy)
BFYC Newsletter

Effective, yet not too complicated... A great arrangement, which would enhance any choir's repertoire.
(I Once Loved A Lad)
BFYC Newsletter

A typically deft arrangement. (Tiree Love Song)
The Singer

Gaudete is a song that you can really enjoy singing. (Gaudete)
BFYC Newsletter

A cracking arrangement. (Gloucestershire Wassail)

Rhythmical, jazzy and extremely effective. (Virgin Mary Had A Little Baby & Ding Dong Merrily On High)
Organists' Review

Particularly effective are Neaum's folk-song settings, which at their best have a Grainger-esque quality. John's Gone To Hilo is typical of his best work, with its adroit manipulation of vocal combinations. Neaum is always aware of the need to create variety....
The Singer

A poignant setting. (My Lagan Love)
The Singer

The Water Of Tyne is a sublime arrangement. With the rippling waters of the accompaniment and the wonderfully rich harmonisation and part writing, there is no better way of expressing the mood of this beautiful folk-song. This is clearly not a one-off either. Many of Neaum's other arrangements are equally successful, so strong in their mood and spirit and showing a wonderful understanding of the singing voice. A Mexican Lullaby sets a beautiful melody. In Neaum's inimitable style, what begins so simply grows in character and beauty... All in all this is a stunning arrangement, not too difficult to sing, but undoubtedly effective. Not to be missed.

Indian Love Song is a most effective piece, gentle, warm, simple and romantic; it could add an inspired moment to any concert programme.

I have no hesitation in recommending 2 American Folk Songs to you. They complement each other well and will bring undoubted pleasure to anyone who meets with them. I Wish I Was A Child Again is full of yearning and Sourwood Mountain is full of life, energy and humour. I have no doubt that it will put a real smile on the faces of the singers.
(from an article by George Adamson in Music Teacher, March 2001)

The choristers in my choir just LOVE your arrangements.
Madeleine Humer (Victoria Children’s Choir)

My Women’s choir, el Canto, adores If We Were in Love and begs to sing it; it is really lovely. The voice leading is so kind to the young women’s instrument.

Your arrangement is beautiful – all day I have been leaving my work and returning to the piano to go over it again and again….. each time I find it pleases me more. It is so sensitive and to the character of the song and so lovely to sing. The girls will be thrilled. We feel so fortunate to have someone like you writing for us.
Elaine Quilichini (Calgary Girls Choir)

We performed Last Rose of Summer last week and it was so gorgeous; everyone loved it!
Elaine Quilichini (Calgary Girls Choir)

I have fallen in love with your wonderful arrangements!
Elaine Quilichini (Calgary Girls Choir)


Music Publishers


Michael Neaum

14 Stainsby Drive, Mansfield, Notts NG18 3EX, UK
Tel: 01623 631658


Oxford University Press

Music Department, Walton Street, Oxford. OX2 6DP, UK
Tel: 01536 454590


Roberton Publications (a part of Goodmusic)

PO Box 100, Tewkesbury. GL20 7YQ, UK
Tel: 01684 773883
Fax: 01684 773884


Banks Music Publications

The Granary, Wath Court, Hovingham, York. YO62 4NN, UK
Tel: 01653 628545
Fax: 01653 627214


Alliance Music Publications Inc.

PO Box 131977, Houston, Texas 77219-1977, USA
Tel: 713 868 9980 or 800 350 7750
Fax: 713 802 2988

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