Forgotten Children

Adaptable Instrumental Ensemble

Program Note

Whilst originally conceiving the piece, the subject of the war in Syria dominated news headlines, specifically the refusal by Western nations to intervene. There were, of course, political reasons at the heart of the decision, complicated by a situation that no one understood in a country no one understands. The harrowing images of chemical weapons being used on children was seemingly not enough to persuade the West that their help was needed, but those silent voices fell on even deafer ears. They were, and still are, the Forgotten Children.


SATB parts for: 

Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax

Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium (bass clef and Bb), Tuba

Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass

Percussion (optional):

Bass Drum, Suspended Cymbal

Performance Notes

  • There are two sets of parts – SATB and alternative SATB (which is less difficult). Both sets are interchangeable (ie you can perform instruments 1, 2, and 4 from the more advanced parts and instrument 3 from the alternative parts if required)
  • Practicing to the click track will help form a greater knowledge, and more accurate performance, of the piece

Adaptable Ensemble Notes

As part of the Creative Repertoire Initative I have written/re-worked several pieces that are for an adaptable/flexible ensembles (for band and string instruments) a response to the challenges to music performance and education that have been created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The idea behind these pieces is that, no matter the issues we face moving in to the 2020/21 academic year, there will be repertoire for players of all levels to learn and play together, be it in person, a hybrid-model, etc..

Each piece has been arranged in to 4 voices (S,A,T,B) and scored so that each instrument in your ensemble can play any part (i.e. flute 1 – 4, French Horn 1 – 4, Tuba 1 – 4 etc.). There are optional percussion parts in every piece and several of the pieces also have optional piano parts. There are also works with electronics too! Also included in the set will be a score for each instrument (e.g. a 4-part score for trombone, a 4-part score for clarinet, etc..), as well as a score in C complete with all of the percussion parts.

Experimentation with, and exploring of, instrumentation, colours, and textures is encouraged, and octave changes, where appropriate are possible.

Each set will be delivered digitally as a PDF and you are free to distribute those PDF files to anyone within your program.

More information can be found at the Meechan Music Adaptable Chart FAQ page here: