Kevin Bates of Hadleigh, Suffolk
Christmas Music Song
Music for Piano and Vocal, Solo Voice Soprano, Alto, Ladies Choir
Modern Light Music Composition 2010

O Little Town Of Bethlehem

Words of the traditional carol 'O little Town Of Bethlehem' are set to beautiful new music for solo or group singing with a piano accompaniment. The arrangement here is for Sopranos, Altos and Piano (note NOT organ!) and there are prominent solo piano passages. Bates said of it, "I am a big fan of John Rutter's Christmas music and I wanted to do something along the same lines but requiring less rehearsal time. Using the traditional words helps the choir to concentrate on learning the new tunes quickly and I have also written without too many modulations. However, the piano accompaniment is rather sensitive and contains some tuneful solos in the English Light Music style."