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Hewitt Jones, Thomas: Follow Yonder Star. SATB & Organ or Piano

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SATB & organ or piano

In writing Follow Yonder Star during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, I attempted to create a carol in striking contrast to the contemplative mood of many seasonal offerings, and especially to the prevailing mood of gloom – and for some despair – during the lockdown. The choice of Christmas, my favourite time of the year, was deliberate, for what could have been more uplifting at that difficult period of social isolation than warm memories of gatherings of family and friends? Furthermore, in order to capture the spirit of an unashamedly upbeat and positively melodious romp, I tailored my own words to fit the shape of the tune. When I was a child it seemed strange to me that not everyone ran to Bethlehem from sheer joy and elation, and so here in this new carol I reimagined the excitement of shepherds and wise men rushing to the birthplace of the infant Jesus.

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Here is the premiere performance of this lovely carol by the choir of All Saints West Dulwich, directed by Ruth Holton and featuring the composer on the organ.


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