The Christmas Story

64 mins

for trebles, SATB and twelve players:
flute, alto saxophone, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, percussion (1 player: chinese cymbal, glockenspiel, claves, 2 woodblocks, vibraphone, triangle, 2 bongos, bass drum, tambourine, tubular bells, cabasa), organ, 2 violins, viola, violoncello, double bass

Texts from the Gospels of St Matthew, St Mark, St Luke and St John, from the Book of Isaiah, Office Hymns and Responpories for Advent and Christmas, Magnificat Antiphon at Second Vespers of the Epiphany, from the Benedicite, Nunc Dimittis Antiphon in the Liturgy of Candlemas, Nunc Dimittis and by Philipp Nicolai (1556-1608), Penny Boxall (b. 1987) and Mary Clark (b. 1995)

Commissioned by the Warden and Fellows of Merton College, Oxford
First performed by the Girl Choristers of Merton College, the Choir of Merton College, Oxford and Oxford Contemporary Sinfonia, directed by Benjamin Nicholas, at St John’s Smith Square, London on 9 December 2023