© Cheryl Frances-Hoad 2019

Introit and Blessing

For SATB Choir with divisions
(2012) 5 minutes

Premiered by Gonville and Caius College Choir, Cambridge, conducted by Geoffrey Webber on 5th Feb 2012 at Gonville and Caius College Chapel. 

Programme note


Commissioned by Colin Hutchinson and dedicated to the memory of Ken Hutchinson (1920-2006) of Leigh-on-Sea, Essex: a respected Headteacher, he loved the English choral tradition.

N.B. The Introit is also known as O come, let us sing unto the Lord

Text

Introit


O come, let us sing unto the Lord;

And make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms.


Blessing 


May the Lord bless you and keep you.

May the Lord make his face to shine upon you,

And give you peace. 

Amen.

Performance history (post-premiere)

26th October 2019 - Merton College Choir at Merton College, Oxford, UK, as part of the Oxford Lieder Festival

26th August 2019 - Presteigne Festival Chamber Choir at St. Mary's Church, Pembridge, UK - part of the Presteigne Festival (Introit only)

25th August 2019 - Presteigne Festival Chamber Choir at St. Andrew's Church, Presteigne, Wales, UK - part of the Presteigne Festival (Introit only)

15th June 2019 - The Leeds Guild of Singers at Leeds Minster, Leeds, UK

7th July 2018 - Oxford Pro Musica Singers conducted by Mark Jordan at Exeter College Chapel, Oxford, UK (Introit only) 

14th May 2017 - The Choir of St. Marylebone Parish Church conducted by Gavin Roberts at St. Marylebone Church, London, UK (Introit only)

Recorded by the BBC Singers conducted by Katie Thomas in February 2018 along with eight of Cheryl's other choral works. These recordings were then broadcast over two afternoons during BBC Radio 3's Afternoon Concert programme on the 4th and 5th June 2018.

5th July 2016 - Sansara at Winchester Cathedral as part of the Winchester Music Festival. (Introit only)

5th February 2012 - Gonville and Caius College Choir and Gonville and Caius College Chapel, Cambridge, UK (Introit and Blessing)

Listen

Buy Cloths of Heaven, Sansara's CD featuring O come, let us sing until the Lord 

(N.B this recording does not feature the Blessing)

Download from iTunes

Stream on Spotify

Recording (of both Introit and Blessing) available (contact Chester for more information)