Christmas Cantata

Christmas Cantata is a 90 minute contemporary oratorio for Advent and Christmas
It's all about voices: choirs, solos, duets, trios, octets, recitatives
It's supported by a continuo of piano, bass, and drums
But there are parts for orchestra too
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Composed for the opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999, Christmas Cantata stands consciously in the line of the great western oratorios. Yet its musical language is a fusion of contemporary pop and jazz styles: Monteverdi meets John Barry and Tom Jobim in a favela jam.



“A work of genius”
Noel Tredinnick, All Souls Choir & Orchestra