The Dayspring from on high has visited us
David Mitchell's Christmas Cantata is a modern oratorio for Advent, Christmas, or Epiphany. Originally commissioned as a gift for the new Scottish Parliament, it's a 100-minute long fusion of choral pop, jazz, and lounge music. Though popular in idiom, it stands consciously in the great tradition of European sacred oratorio.
It’s all about voices: choruses, solos, duets, trios, quartets, octets, recitatives. It needs soprano and baritone solos and a chorus. The singers are supported by a continuo trio of piano, bass, and drums. You can put on a great performance with just these three instruments, and maybe a flute or trumpet as well.
No musicians? No problem. There are backing tracks. And if you really want to go to town, there are orchestra parts too.
Explore its unique sound today.