Composer:   Gustav Holst
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Public Domain (CPDL)
Voicing:   SATB


Sean Vogt
The Apollo Club, Artistic Director and Conductor. Cathedral of Saint Paul, Choirmaster
R&R Chair Music in Worship

Yep, it’s still winter and will be for some time. This is another approachable work. Holst’s setting is not like the Darke or Chilcott versions you may know. This is a hymn setting, but it’s really easy to make it sound like an anthem. On the first and last verses I have the choir sing in four parts with the organ or piano doubling. For the middle verses, I have the choir sing on a soft “oo” or hum and choose a soloist for the melody. If you have a youth or adult parishioner who plays an instrument, have them play one of the solo verses for added texture and color contrast. Since this is found in most hymnals, you won’t need to purchase it; it’s also on CPDL.