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A Christmas with Carols

for SATB choir, narrator and orchestra

Year:  1994   ·  Duration:  31m
Instrumentation:  1100;0000; perc. (tubular bells); strings. Narrator may be a separate speaker or from the choir. Bells may be able to be played by choir member as required only in final movement.

Year:  1994
Duration:  31m
Instrumentation  1100;0000; perc. (tubular b...

Composer:   David Farquhar

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Sample Score

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This celebratory work for choir and orchestra consisting of three Christmas 'scenes' brings together arrangements of 15th, 16th and 17th century carols with some of the well-known traditional carols. The audience can be invited to join in with a carols in each section including O Little Town of Bethlehem, The First Nowell and O Come All Ye Faithful.

Contents note

Three scenes

Scene 1: The Annunciation. Three carols.
Scene 2: The Shepherds. Four carols.
Scene 3: The Kings. Three carols.

Text note

Various early texts, Phillip Brookes

Performance history

25 Nov 1995: Performed by Bel Canto Vocal Ensemble (and audience) conducted by Michael Leighton-Jones in Wellington

01 Dec 1996: Performed by Southern Consort of Voices, Southern Chamber Players conducted by Jack Speirs in Marama Hall, Dunedin

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