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This setting of the Jubilate (in English) is a festive, upbeat rendition of the familiar psalm. It begins with dance-like latin rhythms and is flavoured with blues notes and swift modulations. It is a challenging but rewarding work, and has been performed by the City of London Chamber Choir under the baton of Christopher Field at St Peter's Church, Hammersmith.
Loving Shepherd is a simple hymn setting for SATB. The first two verses are sung by high voices then low voices respectively followed by a harmonised verse for full choir. Verse four is for a solo soprano with a new contrasting melody which allows a return of the original tune in the final verse, sung now in canon to reflect the words 'Where Thou leadest I would go'. The work was first performed at the Parish Church of St Mary's, Mortlake at the christening of Thomas Drake in July 2000.
The Advent Candle is a stirring versical anthem in the English tradition, whose text (by the composer's brother Christopher) makes it suitable for Advent or for weddings. There are verses for S&A and T&B, a tenor soloist and for the whole choir. The piece was first performed in St Paul's Cathedral in December 2006.
The piece lasts 5 minutes, but its strophic structure makes it easy to learn, and with its thought-provoking text and stirring musical treatment, the piece is sure to go down well with choirs of average ability.
A set of 20 descants, each presented on a separate sheet, alongside the original version of the hymn. The whole of the liturgical year is represented, not just Christmas carols.
This is a photocopiable resource. Once you've bought the pack, you're at liberty to make as many copies as you need, for the people in your choir singing the descant. You can even stockpile copies for future use. (You can't distribute copies outside your choir.)
The collection has something for everyone, from simple descants through to more complicated last verse arrangements for SATB, and one even has an optional trumpet part.
Ring Out, Ye Crystal Spheres was commissioned by Kingston Arts for the 2011 Kingston Festival of the Voice.
The challenging brief was to combine the classical theme of the festival with the liturgical theme of Christ the King.
John Milton was to provide the answer in his epic poem The Hymn to Christ's Nativity. The most overt Greek
references in these stanzas are to the crystal spheres. As they moved round they sang a divine nine-fold harmony
called 'the music of the spheres'. Beings on earth - corrupt creation - couldn't hear this heavenly music. The
nine-fold chorus forms a central part of this work followed by 'Truth and Justice' descending to earth.
The premiere performance of this work was on 20th November 2011 by the Choir of Hampton Court Chapel, conducted by Carl Jackson.
Composed for Shrewsbury House School's 2014 Harvest Festival, this is a lively setting of the first verse of Matthias Claudius's popular harvest text "We plough the fields and scatter". Rhythmically festive and for upper unison voices (with optional harmony part) it is a suitable addition to any Harvest Festival programme.