She's like the swallow

Folk-song arranged by

Philip George Wilkinson (b. 1929) 


Wilkinson has produced a large number of vocal (primarily choral) compositions and arrangements of folk music, mostly English. Some of his choral output is for children, like The Ferryman and The Spanish Armado for unison voices, but some of it is for mixed voices (The Birds SATB) or womens voices (e.g. an arrangement of O Can Ye Sew Cushions?). But he has also published a considerable amount of approachable instrumental music, again suitable for young amateurs; Rural Scenes for piano duet and Out and About for piano solo, a Suite for oboe and piano, a Suite for woodwind quartet and the Berceuse for violin and piano. Perhaps his most important work however, is his 15 minute long Shakespearean Suite (1960: a six movement suite for small orchestra).