Hurry to Bethlehem, a modern twist on the traditional nativity was penned by the Cathedral’s Assistant Choral Director Stephen Mannings. Specially commissioned by the Cathedral, it has been developed as a full musical resource for schools and young peoples’ groups.
“I came up with the idea after trying to pull together music from all different genres to fit our nativity production. It was a huge amount of work going from one resource to another and we couldn’t find what we wanted. It just seemed easier to write our own.
We’ve written everything from the score to producing a script and prop list from scratch.”
First performed as a special service on November 25th at the Cathedral, Hurry to Bethlehem featured the Cathedral Junior Choir made up of young people aged six to 14 from across the area.
The CD was recorded with Jon Lawton at Crosstown Studios and features the voices of members of the Cathedral Junior Choir. All the tracks were composed by Stephen.
Stephen said: “It’s been a brilliant project to work on and it going to be so exciting to see other places take up the resources which will bring the traditional nativity story brought to life but in a way contemporary audiences can relate to. It’s definitely got a modern twist.”
The resource pack is available from the Cathedral Shop, proceeds from the purchase will go towards supporting the Cathedral’s work. and is priced at £15.99.
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