Explore the works of Scottish composer Helen MacKinnon. Highlights are listed below. Sheet music for most works, particularly Helen's sacred choral music, is available for purchase or hire.

Symphony Orchestra

Choral and Orchestral/ Ensemble

Ensemble Works (2-6 parts)

Solo Piano

The Beginning
(1998) 5'15 minutes

Orchestration: Solo Piano

A through-composed work for solo piano.

Choral Music

The Rinns of Islay
(2019) 18 minutes

Orchestration: 2(pic). 2(ca). 3(blc). 2/ / timp. 2perc./ strings.

Recorded with the RSNO, 2021. Released 14 January 2022.

The Road to Calvary
(2021) 40 minutes

Orchestration: SATB Choir, Solo Alto / timp. / string orchestra

A powerful work portraying Christ's final hours.

Ave Maris Stella
(2019) 6'15 minutes

Orchestration: Solo Soprano, Solo Violin & String Orchestra (

Premiered by the Subotica Philharmonic, Serbia, 2019.

Crossing the Domain
(2002) 13'30 minutes

Orchestration: Eight female voices 2S. 4M-S. 2A and 2 percussion

Setting of Edwin Morgan's From the Domain of Arnheim.

Caledonian Tracks
(2020) 6'45 minutes

Wind Ensemble (6 parts), Fl. Ob. Ca./ Alt. Sax. Cl./ Alt. Sax. Cl. Bcl./ Bsn

Commissioned by Caledonian Winds

Cutlery, Napkins, Salt & Pepper
(2002)  8' minutes

Orchestration: Flute, Horn in F and Cello

A single movement Trio.

Skin and Bone 
(2002) 10'45 minutes

Orchestration: String Quartet.

Workshopped with The Paragon Ensemble. Exploring mental illness.

Fata Morgana
(2000) 3'40 minutes

Orchestration: Violin & Clarinet Duo

Premiered by Scott/ Miko Duo at GoMA.

(2001) 10 minutes

Orchestration: Quintet - Flute, clarinet, violin, vibraphone and piano

Zephr - 'a gentle breeze'. 

Two Little Ducks
(2004) 1'30 minutes

Orchestration: Piano Duo (one piano)

A short, fun, bluesy duet for two players. Easy to moderate.

Gloria in excelsis Deo
(2015) 4'50 minutes

SATB choir, a cappella. Trad Latin.

Awarded, Florence International Choir Festival, 2015.

Wings of the Morning
(2019) 3 minutes

Soprano & Piano. Text Psalm 139. 

Premiere by Anita McKenzie-Mills and Margaret Sikora, 2019.

This Autumn Day
(2018) 4 minutes

Solo female voice (alto) & piano.

Popular ballad. Words by H. MacKinnon.

I'll Carry You Through Tomorrow
(2018) 3'40 minutes

SATB choir & piano. 

Words by H. MacKinnon. Also available as SA vocal scoring.

O Good Jesus
(2017) 2'45 minutes

SATB choir & piano. 

Traditional text. English. Setting of 14th c. prayer Anima Christi.

My Voice 
(2016) 7'40 minutes

SSA Chorus and piano. 

Commissioned by The University of Oxford. Women & the Canon International Conference.

Ave Maris Stella
(2019) 4'15 minutes

SSAATTBB choir, a cappella

Traditional Latin text. Arranged for a minimum of 8 voices.

Mass for the Spirit
(2018) 20 minutes

SATB choir & piano. Traditional Latin.

Five movements - Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus and Agnus Dei.

(2018) 6 minutes

SATB choir & piano. Traditional Latin.

Premiere by Pitlochry & District Choral Society.

May the Road Rise Up!
(2017) 4'35 minutes

SATB choir & piano. 

Traditional Irish Blessing text. Premiere by All Saints Choir.

Agnus Dei
(2016) 6'15 minutes

SATB choir & piano. 

Lamb of God. Traditional text in Latin.

(2016) 1'20 minutes

SATB choir, a cappella.

Traditional text in Latin. A movement in Mass for the Spirit.

Remember Me
(2019) 3'15 minutes

AATTBarB a cappella. 

Text by Christina Rossetti. Also arranged for solo Mezzo.

(2019) 2'50 minutes

SAB choir & piano. English. 

Commissioned by St John the Baptist RC Church, Perth.

(2018) 4'35 minutes

SATB choir & piano. 

Traditional Latin text. Also available as intrsumental version.

Sing to the Lord a New Song
(2016) 6'15 minutes

SATB choir & piano. 

Psalm 96. Commissioned by Perth Festival of the Arts.

Be Merciful Until Me (2016) 6'15 minutes

SATB choir, a cappella.

Traditional text. Setting of Psalm 56.

(2002) 10'15 minutes

SATB choir and piano.

Two movements. Based on modern African poetry.