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Richard Lloyd (b1933) was a chorister at Lichfield Cathedral and later became organist of Hereford Cathedral before moving to succeed Conrad Eden at Durham Cathedral. Drop down ye heavens is a setting of the Advent Prose, sometimes known as Rorate, caeli. The piece was designed to be used at the atmospheric candle-lit Advent Carol Service held in Durham’s mighty cathedral; it makes use of the spaciousness of that building and its acoustic. It is, therefore, almost perfectly suited for performance in the vast spaces of St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Lloyd retains the flexibility of rhythm of the original plainsong, uses a repeated refrain (sung remotely by a soloist in a high gallery), but presents simple yet dramatic new harmonies. The sense of suspense in the music is achieved by the high voices from afar and the hint of a whole-tone scale.
Drop down ye heavens from above, and let the skies pour forth righteousness: let the earth be fruitful, and bring forth a Saviour.
Be not very angry, O Lord, neither remember our iniquity for ever: thy holy cities are a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation;
our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised thee.
We have sinned and are as an unclean thing. And we all do fade as a leaf: our iniquities like the wind have taken us away;
thou hast hid thy face from us: and hast consumed us because of our iniquities.
Ye are my witnesses saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen; that ye may know me and believe me:
I, even I, am the Lord, and beside me there is no Saviour: and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.
Comfort ye, comfort ye, my people, my salvation shall not tarry: I have blotted out as a thick cloud thy transgressions:
fear not for I will save thee: for I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Redeemer.