With a lively tempo, dance-like rhythms, and bright harmonies, Chilcott's music perfectly expresses the festive joy of this original Christmas text by Charles Bennett. The uplifting melody is interspersed with jubilant bell-like tones, and the driving chords in the piano add an underlying sense of excitement. A real Christmas gift for choirs!
Review by Gordon Appleton: As the bells ring by Bob Chilcott is a lively, straightforward SATB setting, alternating 7/8 and 4/4 time, with an original text by Charles Bennett. The text may limit its use to places where it snows at Christmas and where church bells can be heard! Chilcott's music is lively and engaging, but choir and organist need an accurate sense of rhythm.