What child is this?

What child is this? : Vocal score

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for SATB and organ or chamber orchestra This is a rich and expressive setting of William Chatterton Dix's famous words. Opening with an elegant melody line for sopranos or tenors, it flowers into full SATB choral textures, both accompanied and a cappella. Containing a delicate soprano solo, lush choral writing, and a tender recurring melody, What child is this? will make an enchanting feature in any Christmas service or concert. An accompaniment for chamber orchestra (fl, cl, str) is available on hire/rental.show more

Product details

  • Sheet music | 8 pages
  • 85 x 248 x 1mm | 18g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193382040
  • 9780193382046

About Thomas Hewitt Jones

Thomas Hewitt Jones is an award-winning composer of both concert and commercial music. Winner of the 2003 BBC Young Composer Competition, he studied music at Cambridge University where he was also organ scholar of Gonville and Caius College. His concert work has been heard on BBC radio and television, and in many of the major UK concert halls, including the Royal Festival Hall, the Southbank Centre, and the Royal Albert Hall. Thomas has written extensively for ballet, including three full-length productions for UK tours by Welsh company Ballet Cymru. He has worked with numerous acclaimed ensembles such as the Britten Sinfonia, Sounds Positive, members of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, and the Carducci Quartet. He has had pieces published by Novello, Oxford University Press, Faber Music, Boosey & Hawkes, ABRSM, Encore Publications, and the RSCM. Thomas has worked in Hollywood, and is the composer and conductor for the soundtracks of the 2012 Olympics Mascots animated films.show more

Review quote

It is hard to write both simply and effectively, yet all these composers have done so as they set traditional words to newly composed, gentle and appealing melodies, expressing wonder at the birth of the Christ Child. Thomas Hewitt Jones has written a haunting melody for What child is this?, accompanied by organ and set for SATB choir and soprano soloist. It appeared in Carols for Choirs 5, but is now reprinted separately. * Gordon Appleton, www.rscm.co, December 2014 *show more