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The coming of the Year

David BlakeGZ078
SATB | Piano | Duration: 3½ minutes

We are proud to publish this intensely individual carol by one of Britain’s most distinguished composers. Worlds away from the tinsel-and-angels kitsch often produced at Christmas, this setting of a poem by Keith Warner focuses on the healing and renewal of winter, and is suitable for both church and secular performance.

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O my dear heart

Giles SwayneGZ079
Alto solo | SATB | Lute | Duration: 2½ minutes

Commissioned by James Bowman, and first performed in this original version with lute on 14th December 2008 at the Queen’s Chapel, St James’ Palace by James Bowman, Dorothy Linell (lute) and the choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal conducted by Andrew Gant. A version with harp (GZ079a) was made in 2011, also for the choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal.

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O my dear heart

Giles SwayneGZ079a
Alto solo | SATB | Harp | Duration: 2½ minutes

Commissioned by James Bowman, and first performed in the original version with lute (GZ079) on 14th December 2008 at the Queen’s Chapel, St James’ Palace by James Bowman, Dorothy Linell (lute) and the choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal conducted by Andrew Gant. This version with harp was made in 2011, also for the choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal.

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In the stillness

Sally BeamishGZ080
SATB a cappella | Duration: 1¾ minutes

A setting of original words by Katrina Shepherd, this short carol beautifully captures the hushed rapture of a small parish church in a snowbound landscape, just before Christmas. Couched in a highly accessible style, it is simple for any choir to sing, and is already very popular with choirs in Britain and abroad.

 

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