Howard Goodall’s Christmas Cantata brings together seven of the composer’s most renowned festive choral works to form a new, inspiring narrative. It seeks to address the powerful universal messages of the nativity story with the theme of mother and child in search of refuge at the heart of each movement. The words and music celebrate the joy of hope in overcoming hardship, fragile circumstances and grief, a message ever more present in the world today. Through Goodall’s engaging and accessible style, this cantata provides a stunning celebration of Christmas choral music that you will return to year after year.
The full score is for soprano solo, SATB choir, organ and chamber orchestra, here the vocal score includes a piano reduction for rehearsal. The entire work lasts approximately 45 mins.