A Boy Was Born Festival - A Ceremony of Carols
Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols was composed at the same time as ‘Hymn to St Cecilia’, on the turbulent boat journey when Britten and Pears was returning home from America in 1942. Scored for upper voices and harp, Britten, who had intended to write a harp concerto and had been studying the instrument, sets 15th and 16th century mostly anonymous texts based on the stories surrounding the birth of Christ in this atmospheric and celebratory tour de force for upper voices.
Sheffield Young Singers was formed in 2007 by Helen Cowen and Tracey Shibli to provide high quality singing workshops for children aged 8–18 year olds. The group sing all types of music including choral music, musical theatre, world music and their own commissioned works.
‘A Boy Was Born’ is a festival of music organised by the University of Sheffield celebrating 100 years of the composer Benjamin Britten. For more information please visit the A Boy Was Born website.
- A Ceremony of Carols
- Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)