Good Day, Sir Christemas

For SATB Choir
(2014) 3 minutes

Commissioned by BBC Music Magazine for the 2016 Christmas Issue. Premiered by Sansara (filmed performance for BBC Music Magazine)


Good day, good day,
My lord Sir Christemas, good day!

Good day, Sir Christemas, our king,
For every man, both old and young,
Is glad and blithe for your coming;
Good day!

God's son so great of might
From heaven to earth down is alight
And born is of a maid so bright;
Good day!

Heaven and earth and also hell,
And all that ever in them dwell,
Of your coming they are full snelle; [glad, excited]
Good day!

Of your coming the clerks find:
Ye come to save all mankind
And of their sorrows them unbind;
Good day!

All manner of mirths we will make
And solace to our hearts take,
My noble lord, for your sake;
Good day!

Modern English version of a 15th Century Carol by The Clerk of Oxford 

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Selected performance history (post-premiere)

20th Decemer 2019 - The Southwell Festival Voices conducted by Marcus Farnsworth at Southwell Minster, Southwell, UK

17th December 2019 - The Whitehall Choir at St Peter's Eaton Square, London, UK

9th December 2019 - The Goldsmiths Chamber Choir conducted by Jamie Sperling at Deptford Town Hall, London, UK

20th December 2018 - The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge conducted by Graham Ross at St. John's Smith Square, London, UK

19th December 2018 - The Manchester Chamber Choir conducted by Jonathan Lo at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

15th December 2018 - The Petros Singers at St. Peter's Church, Hammersmith, UK

14th December 2018 - The Clothworkers Consort of Leeds at Leeds Universities Catholic Chaplaincy, Leeds, UK


Watch Sansara perform Good Day, Sir Christemas on Youtube