Benedict Todd

Organist · Composer · Conductor


Rorate caeli
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Rorate Cæli

  • Composed: November 2012 (revised November 2017)
  • Duration: 11 min
  • Instrumentation: SSAATTBB (+SATB solos) and organ
  • Commissioned by: Joe Hutchinson for the University of Bristol Church Choir.

  • First performance: University of Bristol Church Choir in St Paul's Church, Clifton at the Advent Carol Service on 9 December 2012.

  • Subsequently performed: The choir of Great St Mary's, Cambridge at their Advent Carol Service on 3 December 2017.

  • Recording
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  • This recording was made during the Advent Carol Service at St Paul's Church, Clifton on the 9 December 2012 with the kind permission of the Vicar, Richard Holroyd. The University of Bristol Church Choir was conducted by Joe Hutchinson (Senior Organ Scholar) and the organ was played by Christoper Burt (Junior Organ Scholar).
    This recording is copyright © B Todd 2012. All rights are reserved.

  • Drop down, ye heavens from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness.

    Be not wroth very sore, O Lord, neither remember iniquity for ever:
    thy holy cities are a wilderness, Sion is a wilderness,
    Jerusalem a desolation:
    our holy and our beautiful house,
    where our fathers praised thee.

    Drop down ye heavens from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness.

    We have sinned, and are as an unclean thing, and we all do fade as a leaf:
    and our iniquities, like the wind have taken us away;
    thou hast hid thy face from us:
    and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.

    Drop down ye heavens from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness.

    Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen
    that ye may know me and believe me:
    I, even I, am the Lord, and beside me there is no Saviour:
    and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.

    Drop down ye heavens from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness.

    Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, my salvation shall not tarry:
    I have blotted out as a thick cloud thy transgressions:
    Fear not, for I will save thee:
    For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Redeemer.

    Save me, Lord.

    Words from the Book of Isaiah


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