for SATB (with soprano solo), trumpet in B flat (or soprano saxophone or clarinet in B flat), and piano or harp The shepherds sing is a sweet and tranquil setting of a Christmas text by George Herbert. With an atmospheric accompaniment created by rippling arpeggio lines in the piano/harp and a simple instrumental countermelody, it begins with a beautiful soprano solo before opening out into gentle choral harmonies. The shepherds sing is featured on the Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir's CD of Bob Chilcott's music.
Bob Chilcott (b.1955)
"This new carol has more echoes of Sondheim than its thoroughly English modal counterpart, and the accompaniment is gently quirky . . . As ever with Chilcott, the compositional craft is enviable, and George Herbert's poem is clothed in a delightfully scintillating musical mantle." - Jeremy Summerly, Choir & Organ September 2012
"Bob Chilcott writes superbly well for voices . . . The shepherds sing (words by George Herbert) has a gorgeous richness, reminiscent of a song from a Broadway musical, as keyboard (or ideally harp) arpeggiate an accompaniment to trumpet (or saxophone or clarinet), solo soprano (with a major role here) and choir." - James L. Montgomery, Church Music Quarterly, September 13