Music Works/Projects


  • Te Arikinui (1991, revised 2006) for tenor, strings and percussion. See here for performance by the Waikato University Orchestra (21 April 2010), conducted by Adam Maha and featuring Howard McGuire.
  • Dance (2007) for piano, strings and percussion (a movement from Four Scenes). See here for performance by the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, Duluth, Minnesota, 2014.
  • Whitiora for cello, chanting voice and orchestra. First performed by the Manukau Symphony Orchestra, Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau City, Auckland, New Zealand


  • Reclamations (2008) for violin and piano. See here for performance by Lara Hall (violin) and Rafaela Garlick-Grice (piano) in 2010. 
  • ‘Baxter Songs’ (2010) for baritone and piano. See here for performance by Howard McGuire and Charles Royal
  • Pride (2011) for baritone and piano. See here for a performance featuring Howard McGuire (baritone), Kelly Kahukiwa (saxophone) and Charles Royal (piano) at Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, Wellington, 21 October 2012 
  • Te Kārohirohi: The Light Dances (2010-2012), music for a dance work of the same name, in collaboration with Paddy Free with improvisations by Horomona Horo, James Webster, Al Fraser and Erina Daniels. See video here.
  • E kore e mutu (2013) for SATB choir

In Development

  • Ūkaipō: Our Struggles, with Love (working title), a 'play with music' (a showing of work in progress conducted in February 2014 at the whare tapere, Waimangō, Hauraki, featuring singer Ria Hall)
  • Four Scenes (2007-2014) for piano, strings and percussion. Dance was completed in 2007.
  • Matariki for chanting voice, taonga pūoro and orchestra. A first version performed by Reo and the Auckland Chamber Orchestra (conducted by Peter Scholes) in 2011.

Student Works

  • Overture Twelfth Night (1985), for small orchestra 
  • He Timatanga (1986), an electronic work

Popular Song

  • Tohu: Mauriora 1998
  • Tohu: Whakawhiti 2008
  • Ascension and Other Stories, Songs by Charles Royal 2014, hear on Spotify here.

Mōteatea-Chanted Song Poetry

  • Te Kairuirui (1993), he waiata tangi mō Rev. Māori Marsden
  • Tekau mā rua rangi (1994)he waiata mō te taenga mai o ngā taonga pūoro ki Ōtaki
  • E noho ana au i te koko o tōku whare (1995), he waiata tangi mō Tūkawekai Kereama
  • Āio (2008), he waiata whakatau i te rangimārie
  • Rangimārire (2010), he waiata whakatau i te rangimārie
  • Te Take o te rākau (2010), he waiata karanga i te reo o te tangata
  • I haere nei koe (2011), he waiata aroha
  • Whakatau mai (2010), he haka pōwhiri
  • E taku manu (2010), he haka pōwhiri