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