' I really like the striking melodies, the poetic nature of the lyrics and the different ways in which the mood of the music evokes a song's meaning. If you are the Musical Director or Chair of a Choral Society I would urge you to give Ray's work a listen. Admittedly it is different, but we are fairly traditional and it fitted in.
Our audience enjoyed the concert, and there has been very positive feedback about Ray's pieces. We certainly enjoyed singing them - it wasn't Beethoven's Hallelujah Chorus from Christ on the Mount of Olives that was going through my head the next day, but Ray Saunders' "Over and Over." Mike Perrin, Chair of Weston Choral Society.
You can access each piece of sheet music on the Choral Music Showcase Page by clicking on the white song title. You can access the audio file by clicking on the yellow song title.
Sheet music can then be easily purchased in the on line shop
Listen to my music on the Jukebox as you browse.
My work has been performed by community choirs and traditional choral societies - see Forum Page. Currently a project is underway involving a consortium of choirs - community and school choirs. My music and lyrics tell stories whicn reflect world issues and themes.
You can also find me on http://choralnet.org/view/user/112718
The latest project is my Cantata ' A Better World ' performed by Worle Community Choir, Weston Super Mare on July 19th 2014. It is a story in words, pictures and music.
Here are some comments about that recent performance
' I thought the music simply beautiful and the words were very moving. I'm sure that it would make a wonderful stage performance. I feel very privileged to have sung in the first performance of ' A Better World. '
' The Cantata 'A Better World ' was a triumph....the harmonies were haunting and reflected extremely well the trauma of oppressed people everywhere.
The narrative made the story live and breathe and the artwork projected on the wall behind the choir provided an excellent backdrop.'
' This was really a moving and enjoyable performance, a feeling echoed by the many members of the audience to whom we spoke. Thank you for giving us all the opportunity to share your music. Brilliant. '
' What an honour it was to sing Ray's beautifully expressive cantata ' A Better World.' With so many heart stirring pieces it is difficult to choose a favourite; perhaps Crooked Wood, Ever in Hope or Let me in...but in its entirety the cantata had a poignancy which touched the soul of both performer and audience. A wonderful production. '
Read other comments about my work from 2012, 2013 and 2014 on the Forum page.