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D. Geoffrey Bell is a composer of choral, vocal and instrumental music. His compositions have been performed across Canada and the USA, and internationally on stage, radio and television. Many of his compositions have been chosen for choral music libraries and festivals. He has been commissioned to write new works for various performers and occasions. Recent performances include a YouTube harp recital, a radio broadcast in Australia, and world premieres by Amabile Choirs, Ensemble Resonance, London Pro Musica, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and the Unison Choruses Festival Choir.
Geoffrey is an Emeritus member of the Canadian League of Composers. Learn more at www.dgeoffreybell.com

Come With Me to the Sea

arr. D. Geoffrey Bell

SSAA with piano and opt. instr.  –   CP 2218 – duration 1:45
SATB with piano and opt. instr.  –   CP 2219
TTBB and SAB options available upon request
There’s something exhilarating about sailing in a sailboat on open water. “Come With Me to the Sea” is an invitation to come sailing, to experience the sun and breeze and spray on your face. The 6/8 time signature evokes the rocking motion of the boat and the rhythmic pulse of the waves.

Let All That You Do Be Done in Love

arr. D. Geoffrey Bell

SATB with piano – CP 2256 – duration 2:45
SSA and TBB options available upon request
In October of 2023 I visited Ottawa for a few days, and was invited to sit in on a Thursday night rehearsal with the Ottawa Mennonite Church choir. I brushed up my sight-reading and singing skills in the bass section. What a talented, musical choir! Everyone I spoke to was friendly and welcoming. That evening I went back to my hotel room and started writing this anthem, inspired by the choir. I chose four quotations from the Bible to become the text:
1 Corinthians 16:14  – Let all that you do be done in love.
Luke 6:31  – And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
1 Thessalonians 5:15  – See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.
Ephesians 4:32  – Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

She’s Like the Swallow

arr. D. Geoffrey Bell

SATB with piano and flute  –   CP 1648   – duration 4:19
This famous Newfoundland folksong is given a lovely setting by Geoffrey.  The flute part really makes the swallow fly high – despite the mournful sentiment of brokenhearted love. This piece has been set by many composers and this is surely one of the best arrangements. Give a listen!

Three Haiku

by D. Geoffrey Bell

SSA with piano and flute – CP 1116 – duration 4:30
SATB with piano and flute – CP 2239
available upon request
Water Garden, Stone Garden, and Reflecting Pool are the titles of the three poems, penned by the composer. The voices are complemented by piano and flute in describing the settings and the feeling of the Haiku, very much evoking a calm and serene “Japanese” garden.