It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

Posted By Derek Nance on Dec 15, 2012 | 1 comment

I remember doing this beautiful arrangement of “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” years ago with my choir at church (although we were not nearly as good as the group you are about to hear), and I fell in love with this piece instantly.  The beautiful hemiola section at the beginning, followed by the traditional flowing bell runs, followed by the tower bells ringing midnight really takes the audience on a journey along with the ensemble.
Also, check out the conductor at about 30 seconds into the video.  I have never seen a conductor successfully conduct 3 against 2 in a concert before.  Unless you have mastered Tim Waugh’s square/triangle exercise, I wouldn’t recommend trying to conduct like that.  But this guy pulls it off flawlessly.

Here is the Kinjo Gakuin University Handbell Choir performing “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”:

(For the record: doing a tower swing by only shifting one’s hips does not create the desired effect.  Maybe I’ll do a video on the physics of bell ringing later to explain why.)