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Allan Bevan was born in Toronto, and did his undergraduate studies in music at the University of Windsor, and at Queen’s University in Kingston. His composition teachers and mentors include Istvan Anhalt, Howard Bashaw, Allan Bell, Clifford Crawley, David Eagle, Malcolm Forsyth, Paul McIntyre, and William Jordan. Mr. Bevan holds the M. Mus. degree from the University of Alberta and a Ph. D. in Composition from the University of Calgary.
His choral compositions have been awarded significant prizes in Canadian, American, and European composition competitions. Dr. Bevan’s Passion Oratorio Nou Goth Sonne Under Wode was selected as the Outstanding Choral Work by The Association of Canadian Choral Conductors at their 2008 convention. His To Morning, a recent composition for string orchestra was awarded the Member’s Prize in the 2006 “Mozart-250” competition sponsored by Chamber Orchestra Kremlin of Moscow. He is the winner of the 2002 Ruth Watson Henderson Award for his motet Peace, and he is a three-time recipient of first prize awards in the Association of Canadian Choral Conductor’s Composition Competitions for his music for treble voices and piano (2000, 2002, 2004.) He has been commissioned and performed by many of Canada’s finest choirs and by the CBC. His works have been performed, recorded, and broadcast across North America, Europe, and Asia, and he has approximately fifty published compositions and arrangements. Allan Bevan has been described as “an extremely talented composer of ravishing sacred choral music” by The American Organist and as a “composer [who] obviously understands and is able to write for the voice in an uncanny fashion” by The Choral Room.

All Suddenly the Wind

by Allan Bevan

SATB with piano  $2.35   CP 1490  duration – 2:30
Allan brings the Rupert Brooke poem to life with this exquisite setting. Winter breaks and with Spring comes hope. The metaphor for our lives is subtly apparent.

An End

by Allan Bevan
SSAA with piano  $2.75   CP 1090  duration – 6:40
The first in Bevan’s tryptich “For a Dream’s Sake”, text by Christina Rosetti. A powerful statement about the realities of the human condition on this earth.

Ave Maria

by Allan Bevan

SA with piano  $2.35   CP 1049  duration – 4:00
Winner of the ACCC composers competition in 2000, the piece requires two good soprano soloists and an equally good pianist. Divisi is two part. Suitable for women’s or accomplished children’s choir. Rollin Smith wrote in “The American Organist” (January 2005): Allan Bevan is an extremely talented composer of ravishing sacred choral music in a traditional style….if your choir can’t sing this “Ave Maria” you should hire two good sopranos to perform it just so your congregation can hear something as beautiful as this! The two soloists rest after the first eight measures while the two-part trebles continue. Then the soloists sing to the end, and the “choir” only joins with them in the last three measures. The piece could be sung by a two-part choir or just two soloists. This is beyond recommended!


by Allan Bevan

SSAA with piano  $2.75   CP 1083  duration – 4:45
With poetry by Christina Rosetti, this lovely piece is both melancholic and introspective and exuberant and joyful. There are mouth watering harmonies as with all of Allan’s work.

I See His Blood Upon the Rose

by Allan Bevan

SATB a cappella  $2.35   CP 1697  duration – 2:30
‘I See His Blood Upon a Rose’ is a poem in the mystical tradition, expressing the intensity of Plunkett’s Christian faith. These simple verses testify to the presence of the divine in the world, reading in nature the iconography of the crucifixion. At the centre of the poem lies the conviction that Christ’s suffering will never be forgotten, as long as God’s word remains the bedrock of existence. Here the deeply personal becomes universal through an unworldly directness of address. Allan Bevan coveys the poem with beautiful music.

J’appartiens (I Belong)

by France Levasseur-Ouimet  arr  Allan Bevan

SATB with piano  $2.50   CP 1502  duration – 4:40
SSA  with piano  $2.50   CP 1524
Regardless of colour or creed, we are all immigrants – one way or another – and we all belong. This stirring anthem goes straight to the heart.

Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

by Allan Bevan

SATB a cappella  $2.35   CP 1343  duration – 4:10 
A poignant poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson set to gorgeous music. Listen to this rendering by a community choir to realized that it is eminently singable.


by Allan Bevan

SSAA with piano  $2.35   CP 1089  duration – 4:05
The second in the set of three compositions by Allan Bevan, titled “For a Dream’s Sake”, using a text by Christina Rosetti. Together with “An End” and “Echo” Bevan manages to convey the poet’s preoccupation with a disillusionment that she came to understand as a natural condition of human love. Harmonic structure, accompaniment, dynamics, all paint a bittersweet picture of hope and lost love.

Noël existe-t-il encore?

by France Levasseur-Ouimet, arr. Allan Bevan 

SATB with piano  $2.75   CP 1798  duration – 6:00
This very thoughtful Christmas composition asks a serious question and gives an affirming answer.
Y’a des gens pour qui Noël n’est plus qu’un lourd fardeau de plus à porter
There are people for whom Christmas is more of a heavy burden than a celebration 


by France Levasseur-Ouimet  arr  Allan Bevan

SSA  with piano  $2.50   CP 1217  duration – 4:10
SATB with piano  $2.50   CP 1261  duration – 4:10
France wrote the poignant melody and text, Allan wrote a masterful choral arrangement. Listen to a young choir from Lyon give it a beautiful rendition.
Speak to me of the sea. Tell me its story so that I may become a sailor.
Speak to me of the prairies. Tell me their story so that I may be able to see beyond the horizon.
Speak to me of the earth. Tell me its story so that I may become its guardian.

Pont Mirabeau, Le

by Allan Bevan

SATB with piano  $2.50   CP 1275 duration – 0:50   
Guillaume Apollinaire’s bittersweet poem was an obvious inspiration to Allan. The author looks over the railing and thinks “loves flows away like water under this bridge.”

Souls of the Righteous, The

by Allan Bevan

TTBB a cappella  $2.35  CP 1710  duration – 4:10
SATB a cappella  $2.35   CP 1075
This work, like most of Allan’s, is very lush and evocative. This one uses the biblical text in a hymn-like setting that goes far beyond a hymn. It is challenging for the singers and very satisfying for the audience.

To Morning

by Allan Bevan

SSA with piano  $2.35   CP 1076  duration – 3:45
Allan has set a poem by William Blake to a wonderful tapestry of rich and lush harmonies. Piano accompaniment is romantic and has challenges, but is a delight to play.

Voices of Earth

by Allan Bevan

SSA with piano  $2.35   CP 1810  duration – 4:30
The poem by Archibald Lampman (1861-1899) could have been written yesterday – for its timely message about our wonderful world. Floating melodies, intuitive harmonies and inventive accompaniment make this another Bevan classic.