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Vaughn Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols, IRV 20
by Pro Arte Orchestra & Choir of Guildford Cathedral
This Fantasia is founded on the following traditional English carols: "The Truth Sent From Above" (Herefordshire) words and tune; "Come All You Worthy Gentlemen" (Somerset) words and tune; "On Christmas Night" (Sussex) words and tune; and "There Is A Fountain" (Herefordshire) tune only (together with fragments from other well-known carol tunes).

The work is scored for ordinary full Orchestra with Organ and set of bells (ad lib.), or String Orchestra with Organ or Piano. Alternatively, it may be accompanied by Organ or Piano alone, played from the Vocal score, with an optional solo Cello part (H212).

The chorus is required to sing in four different ways:
1. Singing the words;
2. Singing with closed lips;
3. Singing 'Ah';
4. Singing with half-closed lips i.e. with a short 'u' sound as in the word 'but'.
Conductor/choral master: Barry Rose. Featured soloist: John Barrow, baritone.
Posted: 26th December 2018
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