Britten Ceremony of Carols SATB

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    Catherine Ashley on #221166

    Has anyone played the SATB version of Ceremony of Carols?

    Firstly, do you know if the harp part is any different to the original SSA version?

    Secondly, I understand the vocal lines are a little different and more canonical, did you find it hard to perform, having previously been used to playing with a different choral part?

    Elizabeth Volpé Bligh on #221316

    I have played it many times, with different types of choirs, and always used the same harp part. But I would be interested to see others’ responses to this question.

    MusikFind1 on #221376

    Britten, Benjamin: A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 Harp part $18.95
    This Harp part published by Boosey & Hawkes is used to accompany all of the published Choral editions.
    or in the EU

    janna-bisceglia on #221402

    I’ve always used the same harp part regardless. If you practice with a YouTube video you can get used to hearing where the male voices are featured.

    emma-graham on #221428

    The harp part is the same for both versions.
    I’m possibly going to be controversial here! I loathe the SATB version. A few years ago I made the decision to turn it down if I’m asked to do it. I don’t regret it. It isn’t what Britten intended and for me the balance is all wrong. The best performance I ever did was with just 6 women – although nothing really beats an all boy choir if I’m honest. The clarity of the harp is lost against the full forces of a huge, amateur choral society, which is what I am usually asked to accompany. I got tired of being asked to play the whole thing basically at double forte so the harp could be heard.

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