Advent Calendar

Posted on 17th June 2020 by simonbeattie

This post is part of a series on some of my compositions. You can read the first one here.

I first came across Rowan Williams‘ poem ‘Advent Calendar’ in 2006, when my wife and I were expecting our first child, and I immediately knew I wanted to set it.  My idea in the setting was that each voice that comes in represents another door being opened on the calendar.  Since then, it’s been performed a number of times, on both sides of the Atlantic. In December, I was lucky enough to meet Rowan Williams, who called it ‘a wonderful setting’ and, of all the musical settings out there, the closest in feeling to his original poem.

It was broadcast on BBC Radio 3, by the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, in 2008.

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