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29 October 2021

Press release by Schott Music

I will light candles this Christmas

for choir (SSAA) and piano

Kim André Arnesen


  • Suitable for concert performance
  • Part of the Contemporary Choral Series
  • Choral score with piano accompaniment
  • Easy


Originally commissioned by Celia Ellingson, this carol is set to the text of two poems by Howard Thurman, which remind us that Christmas is a time for helping those who are troubled or less fortunate than ourselves.

Arnesen writes: “Advent and Christmas are times of excitement and celebration. However, it is difficult not to see the darkness of the world, and it is in darkness that we need light. The candle can light our hope and remind us that we are much more than what is darkest in our lives. Therefore this time of the year can be one of light over the darkness. I hope the message in this carol can guide us to become carriers of a light that brings joy, hope, courage, peace, grace, and love, now and when the star dims.” This message is portrayed through the composer’s recognisably flowing melodies and rich harmony, which come together to create a stunning carol for choirs.