The House of Christmas comes from a set of three carols, settings of poems by G.K. Chesterton.
Duration: 3mins 40s.
G.K.C. was a great traveller and on his wanderings a friend to everyone he met. In his own house, he was famed for his warmth and hospitality. It is not surprising, then that The Inn was for him almost a spiritual symbol. In all of my settings of his poems I have tried to convey the sense of a yearning journey of life coupled with the joy of finding something thought lost forever: we travel to a place that, if we are truthful, we never really left.
The idea at the centre of The House of Christmas that I dramatise is Chesterton's: that joy is a 'gigantic secret' which resides at the end of all our travelling.