Dr. Ashton's work covers a broad range of genres, from his "Gloria" for choir, children's choir, and full orchestra, to his intimate duos for viola and clarinet. As an outstanding pianist, he writes fluently for piano. As director of a forty-voice adult choir, he has produced a large number of anthems and service music.
His strong interest in chamber music and orchestra can be seen in his many superb compositions for various instruments. Of particular interest are his hymn arrangements for instrumental duos unaccompanied, and for flute unaccompanied.
To give you a quick idea of his style of writing, we have included a few performance sound clips below:
For piano: "How Brightly Shines the Morning Star"
For oboe, violin and piano: "Quelle est cette odiur agreable?" from his Five Traditional Noels
For unaccompanied choir: "Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown"
For large choir with full orchestra: "Domine Deus" from his Gloria