This work was written for the girls of Coro Sorelle, the Nottingham University’s unauditioned female choir, and their manager, Jennie Lambert. The piece is in the style of a jig with some rhythmical alterations and uncertain harmonic and melodic inflections adding musical interest.
When Christ was born of Mary free, In Beth’lem in that fair city, Angels sung e’er with mirth and glee. In excelsis gloria, In excelsis gloria, Christo paremus cantica, In excelsis gloria.
Herdmen beheld these angels bright – To them appearéd with great light, And said, ‘God’s Son is born this night’:
This king is come to save his kind, In the scripture as we kind; Therefore this song have we in mind:
Then, dear Lord, for thy great grace, Grant us the bliss to see thy face, Where we may sing to thy solace.