Hodie Christus Natus Est
This piece of music was first sung by the Rodolfus Choir in St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, as part of The Brandenburg Choral Festival in December 2017. I am incredibly grateful to Ralph Allwood and Robert Porter for allowing its performance and inviting me to conduct it. I am indebted to Ralph's guidance and support in my development as a musician. Although premiered by Rodolfus, it is written for Russell Keable and the University of Surrey Chamber Choir with their annual carol service in mind.
The original piece is written for unaccompanied SSSSAATTBB choir, but has also been adapted for unaccompanied SSAATTBB choir. There are four optional soprano solos, who should be positioned at the four corners of the audience/congregation. If possible, the choir should sing surrounding the audience/congregation.
This piece has been published by The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM), and is available to purchase here.
Hodie Christus natus est;
Hodie Salvator apparuit;
Hodie in terra canunt Angeli,
Hodie exsultant justi, dicentes:
Gloria in excelsis Deo,
Today Christ is born;
Today the Saviour has appeared;
Today on Earth the Angels sing,
The Archangels rejoice;
Today the righteous exult, saying:
Glory to God in the highest,
Live recording preview
The day after its premiere, this piece was sung amongst a larger programme in the stunning Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, where it was non-commercially recorded.