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This piece was originally the fifth movement of a short Christmas cycle, Angels and Shepherds and Wise Men All, which was written in 2012 for the end of year concert by South Auckland Choral Society to be conducted by the composer. The concert included my school choir, St Mary’s Schola, and I was keen to write something that the combined forces (including the soloists) in the concert could sing together.
The cycle doesn’t try to encapsulate the entire Christmas story, but focuses on those characters on the edge of the story – the angels, the shepherds and the wise man. In this piece, the characters who gathered around the infant Jesus are focused on: the animals, the angels and the shepherds.
Suitable for school or community choirs
Text by Heinrich von Loufenberg
02 Dec 2012: Performed by St Mary's Schola and Sheridan Williams (soprano), conducted by David Hamilton, at Crossroads Church in Papakura.