Explore sheet music and books for hymns, anthems and more


Other sources - sheet music

  • First point of call for older composers (i.e. out of copyright) has to be the Choral Public Domain Library. This has free downloadable sheet music (check the copyright information) from a wide range of composers - an excellent resource. There are MIDI files too.


Contemporary composers online

  • Richard Wilkins writes for the Bampton church choir in a modern classical style producing, he says, music that is accessible ‘without compromising musical integrity or dumbing down - Just like music once was’. See his website for more information.
  • Nicholas Wilton writes church music mostly in Latin, including a Missa Brevis and a range of motets. His work has a neo-classical feel. See his website for more information.
  • David Grundy and John Waddington-Feather have collaborated for many years writing and composing the music for hymns and religious works, as well as secular songs and pieces. See their website for more information.
  • Chris Morton: Chris’ site covers a selection of flute and choral compositions. At the time of writing the only church piece is an anthem In Flanders Fields, but other settings will follow. See Chris’s site.
  • Will Todd: Will is a modern composer whose works include the Mass in Blue, featured on the BBC's Ascension Day service, and the Te Deum, commissioned by the Vivace Chorus and premiered in Guildford Cathedral in May 2009. You can find our more about his music at www.willtodd.com
  • Free anthems: Nigel and Helen Williams provide a range of free sheet music for their compositions. Use the Composer/Season/Service/Saints menu to see different pieces. Some have audio clips too.
  • Unusual anthems and a free Christmas Cantata: Debbie Zufall's site is in the form of a blog introducing her compositions, plus one or two other surprises on the church music front.
  • Children's songs with a swing: It's sometimes difficult to find children's songs they really enjoy singing. Maynard's Groovy Bible Tunes (no, really) is a site with some excellent value original material including downloadable backing tracks and CDs, all accompanied with PDF versions of the music. There are even a couple of children's harvest songs, which are like gold dust.
  • Choir, organ and bells: Some excellent value original settings, including two and four part anthems, organ pieces and unusual choir and bells pieces are to be found on David McCarthy's site. Not only are there practice MIDI files, but buying one copy of the music, you can use it for all choir members.
  • Colin Brumby: is an Australian composer and retired Associate Professor of music with a wide range of choir pieces from simple unaccompanied rounds to full orchestrations. Take a look at his website for more information.
  • Metrical psalms for free: Jim Smith is setting the Isaac Watts versions of the metrical psalms to music at his White Stone Music site. The music in PDF format is public domain - it can be copied freely. Some of his settings are for string quartet, and others for piano and strings, though many of these can be played piano only. There will also be other original settings by Smith on the site.
  • Musica Anglicana: There is a growing source of recently composed music for congregational and choir-based sacred music at www.musicaanglicana.org.uk - you can listen to the music on the site and order copies of sheet music.
  • Robin Highcock: is a working composer with a wide, energetic repertoire, who has written a wide range of church music - see his website for a catalogue with sample score pages and MP3s.
  • Ronald Law anthems and organ music: A wide range of church music from cantatas to SATB and unison anthems and organ music by Ronald Law is available at his website Music Business Plus
  • Stephen McManus: provides free downloadable contemporary church sheet music for non-commercial use. See The Music Page for details.
  • Swingle Stunners: Some stunning a cappella sheet music along with some accompanied stuff in modern arrangements, mostly by an ex-member of the Swingle Singers (some of their best arrangements) at Kikapust.com
  • Two Fish music and drama: You can find an interesting range of sheet music and drama, free to download for personal use and with very reasonable rates for performance use at the two fish website.
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