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Daniel Hyde and the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, have commissioned a new carol for Christmas Eve

Harriet Clifford

New commission at A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

10:31, 23rd December 2019

The new commission at A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve this year will be Philip Moore’s The Angel Gabriel.

Commissioned by director of music Daniel Hyde and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, the carol is dedicated to former director of music, Sir Stephen Cleobury, who died last month, shortly after retiring from the position at King’s.

Moore’s The Angel Gabriel is composed for mixed voices and organ, setting words by S. Baring-Gould. The composer is a former organist and master of the music at York Minster and said of his piece, ‘The gentle and familiar lilt of the Basque melody to which these words have been sung is known and loved all of the world. Without in any way denigrating the music, I have often felt that a more vigorous treatment of these words would also be appropriate.’

Previous composers asked to write this annual commission include Gabriel Jackson, Judith Bingham and John Rutter, with these new works highlighting the College’s commitment to contemporary liturgical music.

The Angel Gabriel will be published on Christmas Eve (tomorrow), following its first performance at King’s College. The service will be live on BBC Radio 4 at 3pm, and the broadcast will be repeated on Radio 3 on Christmas Day at 2pm.



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