for a cappella choir (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)  

During 2004, Swayne had been working on a series of sacred choral pieces, culminating in a large-scale setting of the Stabat Mater. It was for light relief that he turned to writing Lonely Hearts. The lyrics for these songs are poems by contemporary English writer Wendy Cope. Taken from her 1986 collection Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, they deal with the bittersweet complexities of modern personal relationships. Although often very funny and rather saucy (the fourth song, Verse for a Birthday Card, is a mini-fugue on the words “Some people like sex more than others”), they also have distinctly serious and quite poignant undertones. “I had great fun setting them to music,” says Swayne, “and I hope that comes across in performance.” 

Performed by:
University Voices
Robert Sund, conductor