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My perfect stranger

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A few years ago Kevin Crossley-Holland sent my wife and me a copy of his beautiful children’s book about the nativity, How Many Miles to Bethlehem?, as a present for our daughter. A little later a poem based on the book arrived in the post from Kevin, and he asked if I would be interested in setting it to music. The opportunity arose some months later when I was asked to write a piece for a concert in London to be given by the BBC Singers and the harpist Tanya Houghton. The piece was recast with the title My Perfect Stranger and consists of a short dramatic scena, bookended by a newly-written Prologue and Epilogue. We premiered it at Milton Court in London in December 2016, with The Finchley Children’s Music Group, The BBC Singers, and Tanya Houghton.

from notes by Bob Chilcott © 2017


Chilcott: In winter's arms
Studio Master: SIGCD512Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Movement 1: Prologue  This is what happens. This is how it begins
Track 10 on SIGCD512 [4'09] Download only
Movement 2: My perfect stranger  Quick and slow. Tight as a drum
Track 11 on SIGCD512 [7'16] Download only
Movement 3: Epilogue  We aim and stray, we want, we dream
Track 12 on SIGCD512 [3'33] Download only

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