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Track Name: Gabriel’s Message
Composer: Jim Clements
Text: Trad. Basque/S. Baring Gould (1834-1924)
Jim Clements studied music at Manchester University, where he established and directed the close-harmony groups The Merrell Barbershop Quartet and The Goo Dats. During this time he wrote his first a cappella arrangements, some of which were commissioned by Voces8, with whom he is now Arranger in Residence.
From 2005 to 2008 Clements was a Lay Clerk in Worcester Cathedral Choir, who premiered several of his works. He has had arrangements commissioned by the BBC and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. As well as composing and arranging, Clements is a member of The Edinburgh Camerata, Stile Antico and the Philharmonia Voices, and a Lay Clerk at Southwark Cathedral.
This arrangement is one of several Jim was commissioned to write by Voces8 for their Christmas album, Snowed In, and it was nominated for a 2009 CARA award. Its stillness and simplicity is intended to evoke both the awe and fear that Mary must have felt upon being told she was to give birth to the long-expected Messiah