Lullay My Liking

for SATB a cappella with various solo parts

forces: SATB Choir, Soprano
duration: 7'00"
published by: Novello

The score is additionally available in a subcontracted impression from Shorter House, as part of the anthology, Sleep, Holy Babe :


Composers' Note

This setting was written in 2004 for the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, then conducted by Dr David Hill, and was a particular pleasure to write as I had served in the Choir of Winchester Cathedral under his inspiring direction from 1991 to 2001. Beginning with a soprano solo which recurs later, the music respects the strophic arrangement of its anonymous mediaeval text, but seeks a kind of ‘halfway house’ by preserving a recognizable rhythmic and textural sense of the recurrent verse and refrain while still clothing them in successive variants of what has gone before. Led by the poem, the music reaches a central climax with the singing of the ‘angels bright’, but withdraws progressively into itself in the latter stages. Throughout, there is a general aim to suggest a line of connection back to actual compositional vocabulary and devotional sensibility as we know them from the Middle Ages, but without crossing a line definitively into the strict application of ancient rules.

Composers' Note



Christmas at St John’s

St John's College Choir Cambridge, David Hill (conductor)

Hyperion CDA67576  x   2006

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Sleep, Holy Babe

Blossom Street / Hilary Campbell

Naxos Naxos 8.572868  x   2011

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