And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots: and the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; and shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord. With righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
SATB (with divisi). Expressive and expansive carol based on words from John Donne's Holy Sonnets. McDowall creates a captivating atmosphere as the voices explore a soundworld that is mystical, reflective, and bright. The sensitive part-writing and accessible vocal lines will enable choirs of all types to profess the carol's message of 'salvation to all'.
Baby so small, a message so great, ABullard, Alan
SATB and piano. A baby so small, a message so great is an expressive Christmas song setting a text by the composer. Contrasting gentle melodies and sparse piano writing with richly dramatic chords, it creates a real sense of anticipation for the arrival of Jesus, and will be a popular choice for Advent and Christmas.
Canite tuba in SionPalestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da
SSATB unaccompanied. 'Sound the trumpet in Sion - the day of the Lord is nigh'. A splendid Renaissance motet proclaiming the coming of the saviour's birth.
E'en so, Lord Jesus, quickly comeManz, Paul
SATB unaccompanied. Perhaps the composer's best known work, and one which was written at a time of great personal anxiety, this is simply a beautiful expression of light shining in the darkness.
How far is it to BethlehemWillcocks, David
SAA unaccompanied. A beautiful, gentle arrangement.
I look from afarJackson, Gabriel
SATB unaccompanied. Gabriel Jackson's setting of the Matin Responsory is full of drama and varied choral textures, from its declamatory opening in G minor until its unexpected but thrilling conclusion in B major.
In dulci jubiloMoore, Philip
SATB & organ. An exciting and imaginative setting of an old favourite!
In dulci jubiloPearsall, Robert Lucas
SATB with divisi, unaccompanied. Quite simply, a classic!
Jesus, SpringingChilcott, Bob
SATB (with divisions) & organ. Jesus, Springing is a beautiful and tender carol that sets a text by Kevin Crossley-Holland. Tuneful and imitative vocal lines combine with a gently flowing keyboard part to create a delightful Christmas miniature suitable for choirs of all abilities.
Lamb, TheTavener, John
SATB unaccompanied. As John Tavener's own programme note tells us, 'The Lamb was written twenty-two years ago for my then 3-year old nephew, Simon. It was composed from seven notes in an afternoon. Blake's child-like vision perhaps explains The Lamb's great popularity in a world that is starved of this precious and sacred dimension in almost every aspect of life.'
Now may we singenMcDowall, Cecilia
SATB unaccompanied. Setting a 15th Century English text containing some short Latin passages, this is a joyful, dance-like carol with a medieval feel, and a redemption narrative.
O EmmanuelEsenvalds, Eriks
SATB with divisi, unaccompanied. Richly resonant setting of one of the Advent antiphons. "O Emmanuel, our king and our law-giver, the hope of the nations and their Saviour: Come and save us, O Lord our God."
Riu, riu chiuFlecha, Mateo
SATB unaccompanied, solo voice and percussion. A medieval Spanish carol that is huge fun to sing. 'Riu, riu, chiu' was a traditional call of the Basque shepherds guarding their flocks. The text is built around images of the shepherd as God the Father.
Spring CarolBritten, Benjamin
SS & harp, piano or organ.
There is a flowerArcher, Malcolm
SS & organ. A beautifully simple setting of a 15th-century text by the poet and priest John Audelay.
There is a flowerRutter, John
SATB unaccompanied. Lyrical and tender setting of an ancient text.