Friday, 18 December 2020

Follow the bouncing sheep

As regular readers of this blog may well have gathered, I tend to avoid Christmas music, but I couldn't resist this delightful video. Thomas Hewitt Jones' The Shepherd's Tale is a 15-minute work with words by Matt Harvey which tells the Christmas story from the shepherd's point of view. Originally commissioned by Battersea Choral Society for its 20th anniversary in 2018, Hewitt has produced a new video of it in a sing-along edition. The performance by the choir of King's College, London (director Jospeh Fort) and the Bromley Radio Orchestra is counterparted with visuals of the printed music (with that bouncing sheep to keep you in time), so you can sing along at home. And if you are so moved, the score is available from Stainer & Bell.

So you can enjoy this re-telling of a traditional tale whilst improving your sight-singing!


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