Rachmaninov: Nunc Dimittis (Alto Solo & SATB)
Arranged by Katie Melua and Bob Chilcott, for alto solo, SATB (with divisions), and guitar. Following a collaboration with Katie Melua on her 2016 album 'In Winter', on which she worked with the Gori Women's Choir from her native Georgia), Bob Chilcott has created an evocative and stirring arrangement of Rachmaninov's celebrated fifth movement of the Vespers (or 'All-Night Vigil'), which may be performed in Russian or in English.
Traditional: Cradle Song (SATB Unaccompanied)
Arranged by Katie Melua and Bob Chilcott, for SATB (with divisions) unaccompanied. The simple and graceful folk melody of this characterful Romanian carol is skilfully shared between parts in its verse and refrain structure. The carol may be performed in Romanian or in English.
Traditional: O Holy Night (SATB)
Arranged by Katie Melua and Bob Chilcott, for Alto and Tenor soloists, SATB, with divisions, and guitar. Adolphe Adam's carol, based on Cappeau de Roquemaure's poem and then translated, is here arranged to enhance the appealing simplicity and dramatic swells of the original, drawing on Katie Melua's guitar line from the 'In Winter' recording and creating a sonorous choral texture.
Traditional: The Little Swallow (SATB Unaccompanied)
Following a collaboration with Katie Melua on her 2016 album 'In Winter', Bob Chilcott has made a choral arrangement of this traditional Ukrainian carol, first introduced to the English-speaking world as 'Carol of the Bells', with lyrics that link it to Christmas. Here the original is presented in Ukrainian and English, with haunting and atmospheric folk motifs distributed between the parts.