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Instrumentation: SATB (divisi) a cappella
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes (London)
for mixed voices (SATB with divisi) a cappella
Text: English (Paul Fincham)
Duration: 3.5 minutes
Ring the bells was commissioned by the London Philharmonic Choir and its first concert performance was given by the choir at the Royal Albert Hall, London on 20 December 2017, conducted by Toby Purser. Lively outer sections contrast with a more contemplative middle section based around a chorale theme. The piece should be easily manageable by any good amateur choir. I would like to thank Tess Bartley who assisted with the text for the chorale and provided encouragement and the exchange of ideas throughout the composition of this piece.
Ring the bells for Christmas, for Christmas is near.
Hear the bells for Yuletide, for Yuletide is near.
In Bethlehem is born a child,
Brightly shining star.
His name shall be Emmanuel, the Son of God on earth.
Let angels praise Him evermore, Alleluia.
Ring the bells for Christmas, for high days and holy days, for holly and the ivy days.
Paul started composing at an early age, composed a rock opera at school and went on to read music at Cambridge University where he was music director of Cambridge Footlights. After a first career unrelated to music he returned to composing in 2012, focusing on film and choral music. His score for Norman Gregory’s award winning film A Reason to Leave won the Best Original Score Award at the London International Filmmakers’ Festival in February 2017. Ring the bells is his first Christmas carol.
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