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.
SS & organ. A beautifully simple setting of a 15th-century text by the poet and priest John Audelay.
Isaiah Carol, TheArnesen, Kim Andre
The Isaiah Carol uses text from the book of Isaiah which tells of the of the profound changes in the world that come with the arrival of the Messiah at Christmas (The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat). The peaceful character of the music reflects the hope and concord of the text, and incorporates Arnesen's characteristic warm harmonies and beautiful melodic craftmanship. Each verse is interspersed with alleluias which build to celebratory climaxes and harmonic twists which will delight both performer and audience.
Spring CarolBritten, Benjamin
SS & harp, piano or organ.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
Clouded with snowMcGlade, Becky
Composer's note: "Walter De La Mare's poem 'Clouded with snow' paints an atmospheric picture of late afternoon in winter and I was drawn to the image of a bleak yet beautiful landscape with the faint glow of a watery sun setting over fields of white. I attempted to create a sense of wintery stillness through the 'oo's and 'ah's of the opening bars with their slightly bare harmonies, out of which the melody emerges. The tune then weaves its way through the upper and lower voices, with the texture thickening to illustrate the shedding of the sun's rays in verse two and the drawing in of the dark in verse three. At the close, the slower tempo, together with the gentle dissonance and long melisma on the word 'floating', leaves us in an atmosphere of moonlit calmness." - Becky McGlade -
Lamb, TheMcGlade, Becky
SATB with divisi. Composer's note: "I looked to convey the innocence of the lamb through the gentle opening of the piece with its simple melody and harmony. The harmonies gradually intensify as the questions of the text continue, and there is a stronger feel to the second verse as those questions begin to be answered and it is revealed that the Creator God is Himself the Lamb. A feeling of space should prevail, without the tempo dragging." - Becky McGlade
In dulci jubiloMoore, Philip
SATB & organ. An exciting and imaginative setting of an old favourite!
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.
In dulci jubiloPearsall, Robert Lucas
SATB with divisi, unaccompanied. Quite simply, a classic!
There is a flowerRutter, John
SATB unaccompanied. Lyrical and tender setting of an ancient text.
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.'
How far is it to BethlehemWillcocks, David
SAA unaccompanied. A beautiful, gentle arrangement.