James Lavino. Composer.

Before the paling of the stars

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Christmas carol for unaccompanied choir (SATB)
text by Christina Rosetti (1830-1894)
duration: 3 minutes
commissioned by Dean Close School
first performed by Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum, conducted by Benjamin Nicholas, on 13 December 2009
The recording of the piece featured on this page is taken from “The Spirit of Christmas Present”, a holiday album by The Elysian Singers of London.
The piece has also been recorded by the choir of Merton College, Oxford (UK), for BBC Music Magazine.
To purchase copies of the sheet music, visit Boosey & Hawkes.