Premier of Was I the lamb

On this day in 2021, was the first performance of Was I the lamb by John Rutter and performed by the Choir of Merton College, Oxford.

Setting original words by the artist Marc Bratcher, this tender and evocative carol for unaccompanied SATB choir is suitable for performance at Christmas or Epiphany. The work opens with a gently flowing soprano solo, displaying Rutter’s characteristic gift for melody, before the thematic material is developed by the full choir, with some divisi.

Was I the lamb