Duration: 3’48

  • A Christmas carol – a cappella
  • SATB
  • Oxford University Press (The Ivy and the Holly – New Horizons)
  • Commissioned by Concord Singers
  • First performance December 2007  |  Concord Singers, conductor Mary Lock  |  Corn Exchange, Bedford

In 2006 Michael Lock contacted me to ask if I would write a carol for the Concord Singers for performance the following year which, of course, I was delighted to do. I chose the text of the 15th Century carol, Now may we singen, and set it in a linear style, spare in texture, to resonate with the words. The carol was first performed at the Corn Exchange, Bedford, December 2007, conducted by Mary Lock. Now may we singen is written in memory of Michael Lock.