The Lamb

This Christmas we count down the days with an advent calendar of the 25 best Christmas carols ever written, as voted for by 50 top choral experts from the across the UK and US.

2 December: The Lamb

Words: William Blake

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Music: John Tavener

Few composers writing in recent years have had as big an impact on the British choral scene as Sir John Tavener (1944-2013). In his setting of The Lamb, William Blake’s disarmingly ingenuous 1789 poem, Tavener’s simple, uncluttered music is imbued with a sense of innocence that never descends into sentimentality.

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