THE OXEN op.565 (January 2006)

A Christmas song for SATB choir (extract from 'All God's Creatures' a song-cycle for SATB chorus and orchestra, see op.651)
Published by: Highbridge Music Ltd
Commissioned by: Dunfermline Abbey
Note on Lyrics: Poem by Thomas Hardy
Duration: 3 mins
First Performance: This version for SATB and organ was requested by Norman Mitchell, organist and choirmaster of Dunfermline Abbey and was first performed there at Christmas 2006.
Sheet Music Available
Organ / vocal score for sale
Organ / vocal score for hire


Originally created as one of the songs in the collection 'All God's Creatures' composed for large children's chorus and orchestra commissioned by The Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 1994. The first two performances were given in Guildford Cathedral on consecutive nights conducted by the composer with two separate choirs of 800 Surrey school-children.

Related Works

'*ALL GOD'S CREATURES' op.468 (August 1994)
Song-cycle for children's voices and orchestra (with optional projected film )
'*ALL GOD'S CREATURES' op.651 (June 2013)
Song-cycle for children's voices, SATB chorus and orchestra, with optional film projection

[Back to top]