About the piece

Work in progress.


Move him into the sun—
Gently its touch awoke him once,
At home, whispering of fields half-sown.
Always it woke him, even in France,
Until this morning and this snow.
If anything might rouse him now
The kind old sun will know.
Think how it wakes the seeds—
Woke once the clays of a cold star.
Are limbs, so dear-achieved, are sides
Full-nerved, still warm, too hard to stir?
Was it for this the clay grew tall?
—O what made fatuous sunbeams toil
To break earth’s sleep at all?

Coming soon…

Friday 9th November, 2018 – Wilfred Owen Centenary Festival, Wirral
Wilfred Owen Centenary Festival 2018
performed by members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

Purchase Score

To purchase the vocal score for “Songs of Stone”, please visit Quinlan Music, where all orders are fulfilled.

Performance Licensing

All performances of this piece must be carried out with a performance license. The licensing costs for performances of this piece from September 2017 are as follows:

  • Single performance; £30
  • Multiple performances; £30 for the first performance, followed by £10 for each additional performance.

Amateur and religious choirs can perform this work free of charge, but must still obtain a license.

To purchase a license, please contact the Quinlan Music Licensing Department.