• Joby Talbot
  • The Wishing Tree (2002)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)
  • 6 male voices
  • 4 min
  • Kathleen Jamie

Programme Note

The feeling I would most readily associate with the Elizabethan madrigalists is a sense of perpetual yearning. Kathleen Jamie's poem expresses just such a sense of longing but bypasses the Arcadian idyll to link people's expectations & desires more directly to the natural world. My music is accordingly punchy & angular - a sense of desperation creeping in as words & syllables are bounced from one side of the ensemble to the other.


The Wishing Tree


  • The Choral Music of Joby Talbot
    • The Choral Music of Joby Talbot
    • Music by Joby Talbot spans many genres from ballet, opera, concert pieces and work for film and television. His choral music is renowned for its originality. The iconic and impactful piece Path of Miracles made a lasting mark on the international choral scene.