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for mixed choir (SSAATTBB) & piano
Text: English (Nigel Forde)
A Rock ‘n’ Roll style original carol by Christopher Norton, creator of the Microjazz series of instrumental publications, and actor and writer, Nigel Forde. The swing rhythms, vocal effects and catchy melody make this a perfect concert opener which is sure to get the audience members’ feet tapping. This work is also appears in the Concerts for Choirs volume Christmas in Blue.
Christopher Norton came to the UK from his native New Zealand in 1977 on a University Scholarship and studied composition at York University with Wilfred Mellers and David Blake. In 1983, Chris was signed by Boosey & Hawkes and the first of the Microjazz series appeared – music which appealed greatly to children and teenagers but was sufficiently rooted in the classical tradition to be useful as teaching material. The series has expanded over 20 years to include music for all of the major instruments with piano, ensemble books and midi file/CD backings.
Chris is now well established as a omposer, producer, arranger and educationalist and has written stage musicals, ballet scores, piano music, popular songs and orchestral music as well as jingles and signature tunes for TV and radio. He has lectured all over the world on aspects of his work and likes to integrate traditional teaching methods with aspects of modern technology. He has also produced huge numbers of albums for the gospel market, with releases worldwide selling in excess of a million units.
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