Chorus Day – Candlelight Carol

I hope everyone who celebrates holidays this time of year had a good one. I enjoyed spending time with my family in Chapel Hill. I’ll be here for another week and a half, and the plan is to disconnect as much as possible.

Christmas has come and gone, but I wanted to share one of my favorite Christmas choral songs: Candlelight Carol, by John Rutter. I actually never sang this as part of any chorus. Instead, I discovered it back in 2006 when looking for other songs.

I like this song so much that I ordered the sheet music from J.W. Pepper and learned the parts on my own so that I can sing along with whatever part I feel like singing at the time.

My favorite part of the song occurs during the refrain. It’s hard to explain, but I like how, when they’re all singing “…in excelsis deo“,  the baritones finish slightly behind the sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses. I love the harmony at the very end as well. Enjoy!

Candle image is from: http://www.uhdwallpapers.org/2014/12/christmas-candlelight.html

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