Canasg is an independent music publishing partnership, founded in Edinburgh in 2000. Our aim is to serve practising choral directors and composers with an economical publishing service distributing a range of fine works that aren't in the catalogues of the major publishing houses.
The name "canasg" is the Gaelic word for the gorse (or whin, or furze) bush that enjoys the rough climate of Scotland's hill slopes and brightens the landscape with its dense, fragrant and brilliant yellow blossom at most times of the year. How to say it? Use the vowels and the stress pattern of the word "canvas", with the consonants of "can ask".
The partners in Canasg are all singers, and two of us are composers. We are Peter Hill, Sheena Phillips and John Wexler. We first met in the Edinburgh-based Rudsambee Company of Singers. There we enjoyed seeking out new compositions from around the world, and bringing that richness and diversity to enthusiastic audiences - but searching for it through traditional routes of publication was often frustrating. From that developed our ideas on web-based publishing, which we have refined over ten years.
Canasg sells music around the world. Among our customers are: Cappella Nova (Scotland) — Cornwall Community Choir (England) — Cunninghame Choir (Scotland) — Eastwood Choral Society (Scotland) — First Congregational Church, Thetford (Vermont) — Grace Church, Madison (New Jersey) — Hibiscus Coast Singers (New Zealand) — Hope College Chapel Choir (Michigan) — Ikaboye (Netherlands) — King's Chorale (Canada) — Lanarkshire Music Groups (Scotland) — The Lancaster Chorale (Ohio) — Lingmara World Music Choir (England) — Manito United Methodist Church, Spokane (Washington) — The National Boys Choir of Scotland — New Amsterdam Singers (NYC) — Ohio Northern University Chamber Choir — Otterbein University Women's Chorale — Roosevelt High School (South Dakota) — Saffron Walden Choral Society (England) — Sekundarschule Langnau (Switzerland) — Southern Oregon University — Strathclyde University Chamber Choir — Sweet Kate (Netherlands) — VOICES Chorale, New Jersey