Higginson, Ian - Welcome the Star (Scottish Carol)

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With words written by Carol Gunn, this carol transports performers and listeners to the idyllic surroundings of the Scottish Highlands

The carol has a lilting and haunting melody and incorporates the occasional 'Scottish snap' rhythm over the top of a flowing accompaniment, which eventually builds to a tremendous climax

For Melody Instrument, Mixed (SATB) Voices & Piano or Organ

Moderately Easy

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Published by Parish Publications

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Welcome the Star (Scottish Carol)

With words written by Carol Gunn, this carol transports the performers and listeners to the idyllic surroundings of the Scottish Highlands. One Cathedral organist said ' It could have been written by a Scotsman!. The carol has a lilting and haunting melody and incorporates the occasional 'Scottish snap' rhythm over the top of a flowing accompaniment, which eventually builds to a tremendous climax. Although it can be performed with organ or piano accompaniment, plus a solo instrumental part, the orchestrated version of the accompaniment also includes an integral part for bagpipes and you could almost be in the audience at the Edinburgh Tattoo!. It is suitable for services and concerts.

IAN HIGGINSON - Composer - Conductor - Organist - Music Teacher

Ian Higginson was born on the Wirral, Merseyside and moved to Gloucestershire in 1983. His positions have included Organist & Director of Music for the University of Gloucestershire, School Organist & tutor in piano and organ at St. Edward's School Cheltenham, Organist and Assistant Director of Music for the Cathedral Singers of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford and tutor in piano at Sir William Romney School, Tetbury.

In addition, Ian is also the conductor to one of Cheltenham's leading chamber Choirs - JUBILATE CHAMBER CHOIR, Cirencester Philharmonia, English Concertante Orchestra and Cotswold Camerata.

Ian is active as an organist, conductor, accompanist, examiner and music teacher. He is also in great demand as a composer and has written numerous choral, organ, vocal and instrumental works, which have been widely performed in the UK and in the USA. Some of Ian's vocal and instrumental works have also been chosen as set pieces at different grades for various UK Music examination boards.

Some of Ian's Christmas music has also been performed by both the RLPO orchestra and choir and the CBSO Orchestra and chorus in their annual Christmas concerts.

Publishers of Ian Higginson's music include: Boosey & Hawkes, Lorenz (USA), Cathedral Music, ABRSM Publishing, Trinity Publishing, St. James Music Press (USA) and Parish Publications.

REVIEWS of Ian Higginson's Music

"Ian Higginson is a composer who is not afraid to write a simple, unaffected melody that choirs will find grateful and rewarding to sing. Here is a series of publications well worth a look at: expertly crafted, imaginative, practical and within the scope of most choirs and organists."
- John Rutter

"I have been performing Ian Higginson's wonderful Christmas arrangements for a few years now, and I find them universally popular with choirs, orchestral players and audiences alike."
- Mark Lee, Organist & Director of Music at Bristol Cathedral

"Ian Higginson is a composer with a refreshingly approachable style, encompassing both rhythmic vitality and memorable melodic writing; above all, he is one of the few of his generation still unafraid of writing a good tune!"
- Ian Tracey, Organist to the City of Liverpool, Organist Titulaire of Liverpool Cathedral, Chorusmaster of Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society, Professor, Fellow & Organist of John Moores University

"Really well crafted and satisfying to play and enjoy - a very worthwhile addition to an organist's collection..."
- Jonathan Kingston

"For choir directors, Ian Higginson's choral music includes the best of all possible elements - melodies that are gracious and deliciously singable, musical craftsmanship and imagination that directors, singers and audiences alike will carry with them from any performance, and an understanding of what choirs are capable of. They are not to be missed!"
- The late Mark Schweizer, Former Conductor & Founder/Director of St James' Music Press, USA

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