Come Rock his Cradle
The latest performance of this carol was during 4 services at Grace Church Cathedral, Charleston, South Carolina, USA, Christmas 2019. Some rehearsal feedback from their Director of Music …
“My young Choristers starting preparing ‘Come, rock’ last night and I have been enjoying becoming more familiar with the music this morning in prep for the adult rehearsal tomorrow. It’s such a wonderful carol – a beautiful melody, wonderful, subtle and lush harmonies for each verse that reflect the text, to complete a really well and very cleverly crafted carol. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to sing it this year. People will love it!! “
Come, Rock his Cradle was performed at the 2018 CBC Christmas Sing-in which was recorded at the church of St Andrew and St Paul in Montreal, Canada, and broadcast nationwide in December 2018.
The first of many Christmas anthems and carols written for schools where I have taught. It came as a wonderful surprise when, in 2015 – 25 years after composing it, I learned that the brilliant professional choir Tenebrae had recorded it on their album A very English Christmas.Nigel Short, Tenebrae’s director, wrote:
… your lovely carol is a delight and I hope that many more choirs will sing it over the coming years as other choral directors look for that rare thing: a new carol of real beauty and quality without any hint of cheese. It really is a gem.
01 December 1990