Boosey & Hawkes is pleased to present new recordings of the latest additions to our Contemporary Choral Series. New Choral Music: Christmas 2 is now available on all major streaming platforms and highlights the best of our recent Christmas choral catalogue.
Featured in our Christmas 2 album is Grace-Evangeline Mason’s A Winter Carol, which was initially written for the readers of BBC Music Magazine. The three-verse carol is suitable for any developing or intermediate choir with lighter, fast-moving passages and call-and-response patterns between the upper and lower voices.
> Watch and listen to our score video for A Winter Carol
The album also features Rhiannon Randle’s Rejoice!. The composer said of her new carol: “From the jubilant Bachian counterpoint in bars 103-113, the anthemic atmosphere of congregational carols in the refrain, to the chiming chords at bar 61 (Meno mosso) reminiscent of Christmas Day bells - Rejoice! has all the flavours of beloved, traditional Christmas carols, served with a fresh excitement.”
> Watch and listen to our score video for Rejoice!
New Choral Music: Volume 2 (featuring non-Christmas music) is soon to be available, and features works by Becky McGlade, Kim André Arnesen, Karl Jenkins and Kerensa Briggs. Arnesen's Till death us do part for SATB choir and piano is highly emotive, setting a Charles Anthony Silvestri text about wedding vows and fulfilling these sooner than expected. Briggs’s Ave Regina caelorum is a reflective setting of one of the Marian antiphons (‘Hail, Queen of Heaven’). A continuous, largely homophonic choral texture underpins the work, with rich harmonies and gentle dissonance.
Our latest contemporary choral publications are all available from The Shop at Boosey.com as print editions and Digital Downloads.