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Besides the traditional cathedral, church or choral society use of The Novello Book of Carols, unaccompanied and with organ as on this recording, there are opportunities to perform selections from the collection in other ways. Optional orchestral versions are available (on hire from Novello) for twenty-five carols. Twenty-one carols have been published as The Novello Junior Book of Carols, designed specifically for schools without an SATB choir, the settings – for unison or two-part voices together with tuned and untuned percussion, two melody parts, guitar chords, bass line and simplified piano – are all compatible with the ‘parent’ book and provide the ideal opportunity for school and adult choirs to combine in performance.
William Llewellyn is a well established figure in the world of choral music. After reading Natural Science at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he was awarded a Choral Exhibition, Llewellyn continued his education at the Royal Academy of Music, studying composition with both William Alwyn and Eric Thiman. During his time at the Academy, Llewellyn founded the Linden Singers, and was active as conductor with this highly versatile group. Following a recital at the Wigmore Hall and an appearance on BBC TV’s Music at Ten, regular broadcasts and tours abroad, including Holland and Spain, brought the Linden Singers and their conductor much acclaim and success.
William Llewellyn © 1988