for upper voices (SSAA) a cappella
Text: English (Joseph Mohr, trans John Freeman Young)
Duration: 3½ minutes
Silent night is the piece which started a new tradition at Pembroke! At the end of each term we hold a little party for the families of our girl choristers after our final rehearsal. We have always learnt a fun new piece in the final rehearsal and then performed it to the families an hour or so later. A couple of years ago we were discussing what to learn in the final rehearsal and the girls suggested it might be fun to write our own arrangement of a carol. We quickly agreed that Silent night was our top choice, and settled on the key of D flat almost instantly, as it’s such a lovely key to sing in. We had a great deal of fun seeing how we could write an arrangement that was manageable for our youngest singers whilst stretching our older ones with some slightly jazzy harmonies. We wrote the whole arrangement in one 75-minute rehearsal, and performed it to the parents straight after. We’ve written a new piece at the end of every term since!
Award-winning organist, Anna Lapwood, has drawn a vast new audience to the instrument from all around the world. Her huge social media following has translated into audiences of thousands for recitals, including at her ‘home’ venue – London’s Royal Albert Hall. Much of her year is spent as Music Director of Pembroke College, Cambridge (UK), alongside performing recitals and concertos with orchestras around the world. Anna is now a much-loved broadcaster on radio, TV and online. She was awarded an Associateship of the Royal Academy of Music (London) and the prestigious Gamechanger Award from the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2023, and is an advocate for proactive, fair representation for all in music.