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Bethle’m Baby was written for, and premiered by, St Paul’s Church Choir in Swansea, with whom I sang for many happy years prior to studying at the University of Bristol. It is a simple carol that I hope will be accessible to many choirs and congregations. The work was written to reflect my love of traditional carols that bring families and friends together – whether in church, at home or carolling – so that they may share the joy of Christmas with others.
Welsh tenor and composer Gareth Treseder studied at the University of Bristol and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He has since been made an Honorary Associate of the RWCMD in recognition of his musical achievements. Alongside his singing career performing with the Monteverdi Choir, BBC Singers and Sonoro, Gareth composes chiefly sacred choral works, several of which have been published by Boosey & Hawkes. The 2019 Three Choirs Festival saw the world premiere of his choral and orchestral setting of Ivor Gurney’s The Songs I Had. Temple Church Choir’s commission in the same year, Come, let us return to the Lord, was subsequently performed as part of their Ash Wednesday Choral Evensong broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 in 2020. Gareth’s Notre Père setting, written especially for St Margaret’s Westminster Abbey Choir, received its premiere the following week. Upcoming commissions include Jesu, joy of man’s desiring for Sonoro’s Choral Inspirations 2 project in 2021 and Righteousness and Equity for Temple Church Choir.