Commissioned by Timothy Brown and the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge with the generous support from Paul Lee, and by individual co-commissioners of the following carols: Remember O Thou Man - Cathedral choral Society of Washington There is no Rose: Northern Illinois University Choral Department Rocking: BBC for the 2006 BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year, Chantage Unto Us is born a Son: Choir of Saint Thomas Church New York (full commission lines available seperately)
The individual carols are deliberately varied in character and should be sung vividly, with strong contrasts. They are ecstatic, playful, contemplative and tender, becoming briefly 'terrifying' in the third verse of 'Unto us is born a Son'.
Ex Maria Virgine was completed on Christmas Day 2005, and it is dedicated to H.R.H. The Prince of Wales and H.R.H. The Duchess of Cornwall, in joyful celebration of their marraige.