for SSA and piano or harp A serene setting of the familiar New Hampshire text. Carter's writing for the voices - they repeatedly begin a phrase in unison and then divide into rich harmonies - is particularly effective in evoking a sense of glory in man's relationship with Christ. The harp part (which includes all three carols in the set) is available for sale under the title Three Upper-voice Carols.
Andrew Carter was born in 1939 into a Leicestershire family of tower and handbell ringers. Following a music degree at the University of Leeds, he joined York Minster Choir, and was subsequently Director of Music at the Bar Convent Grammar School, where he achieved his first successes as a choir trainer. His wealth of experience of directing both mixed-voice and upper-voice choirs has given him a deep understanding of the voice, expressed by a lyricism and sense of drama underpinned by distinctive, often bitter-sweet harmonies. His vast collection of anthems and Christmas carols, together with a substantial number of large-scale choral works, have earned him a reputation as one of Britain's most respected contemporary choral composers.