This is an uplifting and celebratory setting of the Latin Missa brevis. The choir may be accompanied by organ, chamber ensemble, or a selection of ensemble instruments in combination with organ, opening up several compelling performance options. Four French carol melodies are woven into the music, and performance with glockenspiel and trumpet bring these particularly to the fore. The chosen carol melodies are often associated with hymns from other Church seasons, making the work suitable for performance throughout the year.
Missa media nocte was commissioned for the 2017 Midnight Mass at Lancaster Priory. It is a short, celebratory work, incorporating four French carols: 'Noël Nouvelet' (Kyrie); 'Quelle est cette odeur agréable?' (Gloria); 'Quittez, pasteurs' (Sanctus and Benedictus); and 'Il est né le divin enfant' (Agnus Dei). These melodies also belong to English hymns from different parts of the Church year, which means the mass can be used whenever a short festal setting is required; however, the organ accompaniment can be extended by glockenspiel, trumpet, timpani, and percussion to make it particularly suitable for the celebration of Christmas.