There is a Flower

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.

10 December: There is a Flower

Words: John Audelay

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Music: John Rutter

Named ‘the world’s greatest living composer and conductor of choral music’ by US television station NBC, there’s no denying Rutter’s skill at seducing both choirs and audiences alike with his rich harmonies and folk-like melodies that often have the air of being written centuries ago. There is a Flower is one such piece – a simple, spare treble melody starts the work and is gradually enriched with delicious choral textures.

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