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First line:
Soon must I sing with rejoicing
author of text
16th century

Telling was composed in 2008 for the choir of St Michael and All Angels in Brighton, and its Director of Music Philip Adams. The anonymous sixteenth-century poet seems reluctant to express joy at Christ’s birth, and warns us to listen to what he tells as he laments man’s unreadiness. The composer writes thus:

In all the carols I have written I have taken pains to remind congregations that the Christ child was born to redeem humanity, and that he was destined to die, as prophesied. The final chord in the refrain of Telling has no verbal equivalent—its mystery, ambiguity and even irrationality are peculiar to Music. Is the reminder in an ‘admonitory tone’?! Must carols be fluffy and sentimental?!

from notes by John Heighway © 2019


Christmas at St George's Windsor
Studio Master: CDA68281Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 6 on CDA68281 [4'02]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68281 track 6

Recording date
29 June 2018
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Christmas at St George's Windsor (CDA68281)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: November 2019
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