Works

Selected works all published by Novello, unless otherwise stated. To visit John’s page on Chester Novello, please click here.

ORCHESTRAL

  • Violin Concerto, op.13 [1954]
  • Symphony No.1, op.20 [1955]
  • Piano Concerto, op.25 [1958]
  • Sinfonietta, op.38 [1962]
  • Symphony No.2, op.68 [1970]
  • Bassoon Concerto, op.77 [1974]
  • Déploration, op.92 [1978]
  • Temps Perdu, op.99 [1984]
  • Concerto for Oboe and Strings, op.160 [2006] (Peters)
  • Concerto in Two Movements for Cello and Chamber Orchestra, op.171 [2011]

CHORUS WITH ORCHESTRA

  • The Choir Invisible, op.54 [1968]
  • The Martyrdom of St Alban, op.59 [1968]
  • The Raising of Lazarus, op.67 [1970]
  • The Magus, op.83 [1976]
  • Herefordshire Canticles, op.93 [1979]
  • Gong-Tormented Sea, op.96 [1981]
  • For the Beauty of the Earth, op.124 [1989]
  • Rochester Triptych, op.139 [1996-7]
  • Wings of Faith, op.143 [2000, 2003]
  • An English Requiem, op.166 [2010]

CHORUS ACCOMPANIED

  • Torches, op.7a [1951]
  • O Lorde, the maker of Al Thing, op.7b [1952]
  • Missa Beata Iannis, op.37 [1961]
  • Leaves of Life, op.41 [1962]
  • The Holy Mountain, op.44 [1963]
  • O Praise God in His Holiness, op.52 [1967]
  • Lord, Thou hast been our Refuge, op.53 [1976]
  • Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in A, op.57 [1968]
  • Nowell, op.58 [1968]
  • How are my Foes increased, Lord!, op.61 [1969]
  • Three Hymns to St Oswald, op.74 [1972, rev. 1974]
  • Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in C, op.103 [1984]
  • Autumn Rain, op.105 [1985]
  • South of the Line, op.109 [1985]
  • Rochester Triptych, op.126, 132, 133 [1991-2]
  • The Souls of the Righteous, op.142 [1998]
  • An Hymne of the Nativity, op.146 [2000]
  • In the bleak midwinter [2013]
  • St Mark Passion [2015]

CHORUS UNACCOMPANIED

  • There is No Rose of Such Virtue, op.14 [1954]
  • Pro Pace, op.19, 29, 32 [1955-9]
  • The Beatitudes, op.47 [1964]
  • Sleep Canticle, op.81 [1974]
  • Lines from ‘The Youth of Man’, op.90 [1977]
  • Three Portraits, op.97 [1983]
  • Three Carols, op.102 [1984]
  • Rorate Coeli, op.107 [1985]
  • A Hymne to God the Father, op.114 [1987]
  • Sonnet, op.123 [1989]
  • Joy in the Morning, op.136b [1996]
  • Five Songs of Incarnation, op.163 [2007]
  • This is the Gate of the Lord, op.164 [2007]
  • Locus Iste [2013]
  • Missa Wellensis [2013]
  • Love came down at Christmas [2013]
  • Reflection on Plainchant Antiphon [2016]

CHAMBER AND INSTRUMENTAL

  • String Quartet No. 1, op.1 [1950]
  • Trio, op.30 [1958]
  • Octet, op.33 [1961]
  • Kontakion, cello & piano, op.69 [1971]
  • String Quartet No.2, op.91 [1977]
  • Chamber Music for Brass Quintet, op.104 [1985]
  • String Quartet No. 3, op.112 [1986]
  • Piano Trio, op.113 [1986]
  • String Quartet No. 4, op.121 [1988]
  • In Retrospect, string quartet, op.159 [2006] (Roberton/Goodmusic)
  • Divisions on a Ground, solo cello, op.154 [2005] (Peters)
  • Exequy, solo viola [2016]

KEYBOARD

  • Divertimento, op.2 [1950]
  • Dance Suite, op.21 [1956]
  • Sonata in One Movement (Sonata No. 1), op.24 [1957]
  • Passacaglia and Fugue, organ, op.35 [1961]
  • Sonata No.2, op.71 [1972]
  • Six Short Preludes on English Hymn Tunes, organ, op.125 [1990]
  • Reflections on a Martyrdom, organ, op.141 [1997]
  • Piano Sonata No.3 op.157 [2006] (Peters)
  • Prelude on ‘York’, op.152 [2007] (Peters)

SOLO VOICES ACCOMPANIED

  • Six Poems of Emily Bronte, high voice and piano, op.63 [1969]
  • Crabbed Age and Youth, counter-tenor, recorder, viola da gamba & harpsichord, op.82 [1974]
  • The Turning Wheel, soprano and piano, op.95 [1979]
  • The Phoenix and the Turtle, 2 sopranos, string trio and harpsichord, op.100 [1984]
  • The Hour Hand, soprano and recorder, op.101 [1984]
  • The Instant Moment, Baritone and string orchestra, op.110 [1986]
  • Landscapes, soprano and piano trio, op.129 [1992]
  • The Secret Muse, baritone, flute, clarinet, harp and string quartet, op.130 [1992]
  • Three Faces of Love, soprano, tenor, baritone and piano, op.139b [1997]
  • Shropshire Hills, high voice and piano, op.155 [2006] (Peters)
  • The Rose is Shaken in the Wind, soprano and recorder, op.137 [1995] (Peacock Press)
  • That Time of Year, baritone and piano [2013] (Peters)
  • Three Villanelles, soprano and recorder (or oboe) [2013] (Peters)

THEATRICAL

  • Antigone [1954]
  • In the Drought, op.17 [1955]
  • Silas Marner, op.31 [1961]
  • The Quarry [1964]
  • Under Western Eyes, op.51 [1968]
  • The Prisoner [1973]
  • The Wayfarers [1983]
  • Jane Eyre, op.134 [1987-97] (Peters)