Rachel Portman: We Were There

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Publisher: St Rose
Composer: Rachel Portman
Format: Sheet Music | Vocal Work
A new Christmas carol composed by Oscar-winning composer Rachel Portman with text by children's author Michael Morpurgo, We Were There is arranged for SSA Chorus and Piano.

The work was commissioned by Liverpool Philharmonic for their 175th anniversary, and first performed by the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth on the 18th of December 2014. Portman's work gained a rapturous reception, with critics and audiences praising its pretty melodies and the text by the master of fiction Michael Morpurgo.

This Christmas carol makes a fantastically fresh antidote to the tired old favourites, and it will definitely be a hit with audiences, who will love the new sound and the divine melodies. It'll certainly be a hit at any Christmas concert.

In the September 2015 issue of Organists' Review, David Lindley wrote that We Were There "would make an agreeable piece for a school carol service, and should be well within the abilities of a reasonably competent group."

An equally good review from the September 2015 issue of Sunday by Sunday from the Royal School of Church Music states that "choirs will enjoy this attractive and effective piece."
Published on: 18 September 2014
No of pages: 20
Language: English
Catalogue No: SRO100079

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      Scores 6.5 out of 10 based on 2 reviews
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      Abingdon GB Sings in a local
      A lovely new carol giving a new perspective on the facts of the glory of Christmas.
      Reviewer left no comment
      Confirmed purchase: 12 November 2015
      Published on: 27 November 2015
      5 out of 10


      Warwickshire GB Choir leader
      Good to have new pieces
      Slightly boring work, not inspiring for the choir to sing. May look at it another year.
      Confirmed purchase: 02 November 2015
      Published on: 17 November 2015

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