for mixed choir (SSATBB) & piano
Text: English (Nigel Forde)
A peaceful carol telling the Christmas story of the angels’ visit to the shepherds. The simple but still jazz-inspired harmonies, unison sections and attractive melodies make this a very approachable but effective carol 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.