St. Luke’s United Methodist Church welcomes award-winning and world-renowned British composer Howard Goodall again this year as he conducts the world premiere of his Christmas Cantata. This seven-movement work was specially created by the composer for the choirs of St. Luke’s UMC as part of the church’s 2019 Christmas Festival. This piece is written for soprano solo, children’s choir, SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) choir, organ, and chamber orchestra and will be performed in its entirety throughout each of the three services in the sanctuary on Dec. 15 (8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m.). The Christmas Festival is made possible by the generosity of St. Luke’s Friends of Music.
Howard Goodall is one of Britain’s best-known composers of choral music, stage musicals, TV and film scores. He is also a distinguished music historian and broadcaster. His choral music has been commissioned to mark many national ceremonies and memorials; his settings of Psalm 23 and Love Divine are among the most performed of all sacred music, featured on several platinum-selling CDs.