In the Beginning

In the Beginning : Vocal score

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for SATB and piano, organ, or orchestra First published in a two-part version in The Oxford Book of Flexible Carols, Alan Smith's In the Beginning is presented separately here in a mixed-voice arrangement. Kevin Carey's text is set to gently lilting music, perfect for choirs and settings at Christmas. Orchestral material is available on hire/ more

Product details

  • Sheet music | 8 pages
  • 178 x 256 x 1mm | 18g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193375168
  • 9780193375161

Review quote

... sets a contemporary carol by Kevin Carey to a beguiling melody. * Matthew Greenall, The Singer, August 2011 * The music is akin to the style of Rutter's What sweeter music. What sets Alan Smith apart from many composers who attempt this idiom is that he writes with genuine finesse and security of technique. His command of harmony and modulation means that music that is eminently singable is also expressive and colourful. Parish and school choirs, and their congregations/ audiences, will love this carol. * Church Music Quarterly, December 2011 *show more

About Alan Smith

Alan Smith was born in London and studied as Organ Scholar at Kings College, London from 1981 to 1984. At the same time, he specialised in composition, studying with Nicola LeFanu and David Lumsdaine. Having completed his postgraduate training at the London Institute of Education, Alan began his teaching career in Croydon. He is currently Head of Music at Hazelwick School, Crawley. Alan first came to prominence as a composer in 1990 when he won the RSCM's annual composing competition. His winning piece, Let the Peoples Praise You O God, has subsequently been widely performed and remains one of his best known works. In 2006, he was a shortlisted finalist in the Canadian Choral Composition Contest and in 2007, a prizewinner in a Handel-inspired Chamber Organ Composing Competition. Since 1998, Alan has been Director of Music at St Andrew's Church in Burgess Hill, West Sussex, more