One of my favorite carols and fabulous for any Christmas carol concert/service. It isn't that demanding a solo and it would be great for a softer voice. The choir part works well if you follow Leighton's dynamics - It works best with a smaller choir. This piece at times is tranquil and peaceful. It brings out the best of Leighton’s composing technique.
James Hume - (Milton Keynes)
I still have to spend more time looking at the music -but it seems interesting and quite haunting. I hope that the SATB harmonies will prove interesting enough for the choir well before we add the soprano solo on top. So far I like it very much and will probably include it in our Christmas concert this year
- (Jersey, United Kingdom)
This anthem shows Kenneth Leighton at his most reserved but nevertheless he captures the true character of a lilting, melancholic lullaby. A bouyant treble solo 'narrates' much of the setting with more refined and colourful choral writing, flowing underneath. The dazzling 'Herod the King...' line momentarily unnerves an otherwise very placid and expressive piece.
George Richford - (The University of Durham)