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James Whitbourn

Publisher: Chester Music

Winter's Wait (2010)
Text Writer
Robert Tear
Chester Music Ltd
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
4 Minutes

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James Whitbourn Winter's Wait (2010)
Winter's Wait was written for the choir of King's College, Cambridge, and is a setting of a modern poem by Robert Tear, a close friend whose death came just days before the present recording took place. Its melody shares its tonality with Peter Abelard's beautiful hymn O quanta qualia, but it bursts into the major for the final stanza.

  • Ensemble
    BBC Singers
    Stephen Farr, organ/piano
    Paul Brough
  • Ensemble
    Westminster Williamson Voices
    James Jordan
  • 07 DEC 2013
    St. Peter's Church in Morristown, NJ,
    Harmonium Choral Society
    Joseph Arndt (organ); Anne Matlack, conductor

    Other Dates:
    8 December - St. Peter's Church in Morristown, NJ,
  • 20 NOV 2012
    Bristol Chapel, Westminster Choir Sollege, NJ
    Westminster Williamson Voices
    James Jordan, conductor

    Other Dates:
    21 November - Basilica Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul, Philadelphia, USA
  • 19 DEC 2011
    The Minster, Ilminster, UK
    South Somerset Choral Society
    Philip Scriven, conductor
  • 09 DEC 2011
    Second Congregational Church, Newcastle, Maine
    St Cecilia Chamber Choir
    Linda Blanchard, conductor

    Other Dates:
    10 December - Bowdoin College Chapel, Brunswick, Maine
  • 12 DEC 2010
    Winter's Wait World Premiere
    Chapel of King's College, Cambridge
    Choir of King's College Cambridge
    Ben-San Lau, organ; Stephen Cleobury, conductor

The ideas and organ part are, as expected, simple and effective. The whole work has the flavour of a French Noël and will make good choral society material as well as being suitable for liturgical use.
John Henderson, Organists' Review,01/12/2011
[This] deserves to be popular. Through relatively simple means it evokes a haunting winter atmosphere transformed dramatically in C major for the final verse.
Rupert Gough, Choir & Organ,01/11/2011
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