A carol for Christmas, performed in Westminster Abbey, London, amongst other places.
Threaded through this piece is a tender lullaby, sung to the infant Jesus as he is cradled in Mary’s arms – a recurring theme that holds the piece together like the refrain in a traditional carol. Breaking this up is the dialogue of an anonymous observer; the mood of each of these episodes varies both in the text and the way the text is set, but given continuity through common musical motifs, developed as the piece progresses.
Lullay, mine Liking was performed for the first time during the service of Readings and Carols for Christmas at St Stephen’s Church, Canterbury on 23rd December 2013, and subsequently in Westminster Abbey as the anthem at Choral Evensong on 31st December 2013.
Recording of the performance in Westminster Abbey.
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