• Judith Weir
  • My Guardian Angel (1997)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

First performed on 23rd December 1997 by The Joyful Company of Singers and the Spitalfields Festival audience, at Christ Church, Spitalfields, London, conducted by Peter Broadbent.

  • SATB + audience/congregation
  • 3 min

Programme Note

My Guardian Angel is a carol, which celebrates the increased incidence of public appearances by angels at Christmas time. It is a setting of short text by William Blake. The music of the carol is based around a short 'alleluia' which may be performed by the audience, whilst the choir weaves some 4-part counterpart around it. Alternatively, the piece may be performed, in 6 parts, by choir alone.

The Angel that presided o'er my birth
Said, "Little creature, form'd of Joy & Mirth,
Go love without the help of anything and earth".

© Judith Weir


My Guardian Angel